Alice in Wonderland
The last piece of our Taste of Baltic jigsaw has been assembled. The second half of August and early September was a great time to travel - less busy than the high season, and beautiful too. We found it pleasantly free of tourist crowds and the weather was also co-operating for most of the days.

So many things have happened while we were covering the remaining portion of the Baltic Sea coastline, that it’s not easy to keep the account of all them. On the island of Öland we admired the lighthouse of Långe Jan - one of Sweden's most tallest and famous lighthouses, and were allured by the medieval skyline of Visby when our ferry was docking on Gotland. We spent a day on Fårö allowing our eyes to absorb some amazing sceneries and taking a quintessential photo of Helgumannens Fishing Village. We boarded a cruise-ferry to Åland Islands one afternoon and arrived to Mariehamn the next morning refreshed and ready to explore - we jumped from one island to another enjoying the rough beauty and fresh air of this little Paradise nestled at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia, with the highlight of our escape being the hiking of the Troll Path in Geta where we were rewarded with some jaw-dropping views of the sea. On the way back to Stockholm our camera snapped picture after picture while we were meandering through the archipelago of over 20 thousands islands. In Stockholm, we toured Vasa museum, popped over to the Junibacken one, took a boat trip through the canals, and treated ourselves to a stroll around the vibrant pastel-coloured Gamla Stan where we explored gift shops and were inspired to pick up some souvenirs.

Starting in Ystad, our Great Circle was completed in the capital of Sweden which spreads across fourteen islands where Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic. Along the way, we visited Öland, Gotland, Fårö and Åland, so the island-hopping was the high point of our journey. But, Stenshuvud National Park, or charming little village of Kristianopel, or idyllic town of Trosa, not to even mention Karlskrona, Kalmar, Oskarshamn or Norrköping were also part of our adventure. And of course, we got off from the coastline for a day trip to Astrid Lindgren's World in Vimmerby - a beautifully constructed theme park, where our youngsters met with Pippi Longstocking.

Thinking this back, I have an impression that we were on the road for at least 2 months. We were ferried safely from one island to another, were blessed with some beautiful sunsets and spectacular views. I felt like Alice in Wonderland.

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Here it is: the Baltic Sea. The place that had been in my memories since my early days. I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to those days when as a young boy I used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that made me feel happy.

Now, I’m coming back there after many years. I don’t know whether the area presents any interest at all for you, but if it does, let me take you with me and my family on our 6000 km long journey alongside its coastline.

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