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... wall, and increasingly divorced from its rural hinterland. The 14th century saw Visby losing its leading position in the Hanseatic League, following a series of disasters: the Black Death struck in 1350, the occupation by the Danish army in 1361, the pirates known as the 'Vitalian Brothers' in 1396, driven out two years later by the Teutonic Knights, who occupied the island in their turn. The end of Visby's greatness came in 1525, when it was stormed by an ...
... from the cruise line or from Rick Steves, so we headed to the Tourist Information office first, a short walk from the pier. There we picked up a map and some suggestions for a walking tour.
We walked through some narrow streets admiring the medieval houses and through what they called the Botanical Garden, but it was really just a park with some flower beds. Given the northern climate, it wasn’t all that impressive. ...
... we were due back on the ship. We went shopping for souvenirs in the little shops around “downtown” (Greg bought some socks with sheep on them) before settling on the patio of Bolaget, a small restaurant on the square. The square was bustling; the church was closed for a wedding and a flash mob on bicycles stopped right by our table to sing traditional hymns.
After lunch, which we ate with a couple from our ship, we returned to the ship for a lazy evening at sea. ...
... not breakfast – I am sure they would get some for me at teatime if I asked!
Am sitting on the top deck, out of reach of the usual bar staff, but within 10 mins, I had a little Pilipino (not a spelling mistake, they cant say 'F’ or ‘V’ words - do you remember ‘he’s alibe’ after the man overboard on Ruby Princess Fiona?!) at my side taking a drinks order, and some Nachos which he brought without asking!
I tell ...
Having recovered from our exertions, we explored the area a little, taking in the scenery and enjoying the warm breeze. Then it was time to head back to the boat, which we did at a stupendous rate thanks to the wind pushing us along and the long hill down into Visby – I think Julie almost melted her brakes!
After a cup of tea, we went to the library to check on the latest weather forecast. We felt that we could stay another day in Visby quite easily but if the wind ...