Finspang to Kalmar, Sweden

Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
Trip End Jun 28, 2012

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Flag of Sweden  , Småland and Blekinge,
Monday, June 4, 2012

Here's evidence of my day's work. Drove from Finspang south for a stop to see the famed Gota Canal in Soderkoping. Arrive Kalmar on the Baltic Sea around 3 pm and started scoping out this medieval hotspot.

The island off the coast her is called Íland, and the area has a reputation for sunny, windy weather. Sure enough, as I drove south, the intermittent rain and heavy overcast gave way to patches of blue and some lovely sunlight by the end of the afternoon. 

The bridge across to Íland to Kalmar was the longest in Europe at the time it was built in the 70s. On the other side, I found the tourist information office and got additional maps and clues to do some planning. In addition to balmy weather, and a flora that is Mediterranean in some ways, the island is famous for its windmills. About 400 of the original 2000 remain, and they do add an attractive quality to an already charming rural island.

This evening, I tested a stroll through different parts of old Kalmar, wandering through neighborhoods that are several hundred years old, and finishing at Kalmar Castle, centerpoint of the union of Denmark, Sweden, and Norway during the 14th and 15th centuries. 

Just finished up dinner in the hotel pub with one of the best hamburgers I can recall. The Swedes and Danes are wizards with sauces and all things pickled. This burger was finger-lickin’ good!
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Andrea on

Looks like a lovely spot for a walk, Dan. I hope you are starting to recover from the crazy flight! The burger story confirms a suspicion I old friend used to eat burgers with absolutely nothing on them, and marked it up to his Swedish heritage, which always sounded like baloney to me! Maybe I would like Scandinavian travel after all...

Sandy McNamara on

Looks like a beautiful place to walk and ....have one of those great hamburgers!

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