Strand Hotell Borgholm
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... alliance to protect them against Germany on their southern border. The Union was dissolved in 1523 by King Vasa, who also transformed the castle from a fortress into a palace. Like so many castles we have visited, most of this castle has been beautifully restored and furnished with period furniture, paintings and tapestries.
After visiting the castle we walked for a few hours along the waterfront and came across a great beach area with a ...
There were no surprises, it was a cool, windy morning and my naiive hopes that the forecasters had got it wrong were dashed – they were on the money. So there was nothing for it other than find things to do.
After coffee, we paid a visit to the KalmarCounty Museum housed in what was once Sweden's largest steam powered grain mill, specifically to see the artefacts salvaged from the ship Kronan but also to see whatever else they had on show – after all we like ...
... were invited over at 18:15 for drinks and had the pleasure of meeting their daughter Alex and their friends Kit & Kathy. We spent a pleasant 90 minutes or so swapping notes and learned that the Halliwells have sold Freya to a friend, done a sort of boat swap for a Nimbus 32, which they will keep near St Malo in France, close to their new holiday home they have acquired there. We wish them well with this new phase in their lives, I’m sure they will enjoy ...
... years has the level been other than on 'max’. This time it was on ‘min’, so something is amiss. I will check the levels daily from now on and hope that a) the gearbox is OK and b) that we actually get the opportunity to sail the remainder of the way home.
They’d enjoyed their castle visit and after lunch, we set off as a foursome to call in at the glassblower’s workshop and shop near the water tower in town and then ...
... as it may, our experience this year has been one of 'huh?' when trying to make a decision as to when to sail and which direction. Today was one of those days.
Our intention was to make some headway towards Kalmar, over 40 miles further south. If the winds proved favourable (recall what I said about variation in forecasts) then we would make Kalmar, else we would stop en route. We anticipated winds of no more than 9 metres/second (that was the ...