Scandic Kalmar West
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- Wheelchair accessibility
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We're in Kalmar for a few days, en route to Trelleborg where we'll get the ferry to Rostock in Germany. Kalmar has been a delightful surprise, a lovely town with it's greatest claim to fame being Kalmar Castle, which has been around in some shape or form since 1180. In 1397 the Kalmar Union was signed inside the castle, the Union was the first formal agreement between, Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It was initiated by Queen Margaret whose intention was to ...
... exhibition. We can’t say the same for the other floors, as everything there only had Swedish labels and we weren’t entirely clear as to what the purpose or themes were, so we’ll forget about that.
During the afternoon we had a short walk in between rain showers and the rest of the time we relaxed on board with our books. Later we had a return match with Freya’s crew, who had spent the day in a hire car touring the area and visiting glassworks ...
... than a return visit to the glassblower, who was there now and busy making some simple pieces, we may come back again when he is doing something more complex. That and a visit on board our neighbour’ s boat – they came in late yesterday having motored for 15 hours from Västervik. It was 'Freya of Mersey’, belonging to Tony and Louise Halliwell. They keep Freya in Fehmarn too and we last spent time with them during the 2012 Rally in ...
... castle. As we had visited the castle in the company of Jeff and Greta Layton on 26th May 2012 (see blog) we’d decided that it would be a better use of our time if we did boat-stuff, cleaning, maintenance and the like. One rather worrying result of my boat maintenance was that I found that the gearbox’s oil level had dropped. There is a dipstick for the gearbox and I check the level every week to ten days and not once, in ...
... not buy a carved gargoyle (one can only imagine the costs of shipping that).
We arrived at the Ottenby Naturum at the south end of Oland – billed as a birders’ mecca. The promise held true, with Dart getting seven new life list birds! There was also a lighthouse there where the Kalmarsund (Kalmar Sound) and the Baltic Sea meet. SO, we also bagged a new sea!
We stopped to walk and see another few standing stones, then we head back ...