2nd walk in Finspång

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

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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholm,
Sunday, June 24, 2012

After a post dinner Midsummer walk last night, we started this morning later, joined by Åka again for a pleasant stroll on a nature trail through a birch forest and around a lovely lake very near his home.

Meanwhile, Lillemor was busy preparing a midmorning treat of pineapple pie with ice cream and coffee, which we enjoyed in their delightfully decorated backyard upon our return. The warmth and hospitality of these new walking friends from Finspång is one of the highlights of the trip so far.

After the pie, Åka demonstrated an isometrics exercise program he's developed for people with restricted mobility. I'm anxious to get a copy of it in English and make it available here in the States. It has multiple applications, including the need to engage in some kind of in-seat exercises on long airplane flights.

We arrived later this afternoon in Stockholm, where we checked into our hotel strategically situated about a 10 min. walk down a pedestrian zone to Gamlastan, the oldest part of Stockholm. Sue and I met those who wanted a brief orientation of this 800-year-old neighborhood of the city, and started a walk that was interrupted a couple of times by pretty heavy showers. 

Gamlastan is the site of the Royal Palace, with 608 rooms, intentionally built with one more than Buckingham Palace! It’s also the site of the 16th century Stockholm Bloodbath, a particularly dark chapter in the centuries-long conflict between Denmark and Sweden that involved revolt, betrayal, and execution of about 90 of Sweden’s most influential nobles. Fortunately, the feuding Scandinavia brother nations have mended their fences and get along well today. Mostly, however, it's a fun place to explore with its narrow cobblestone lanes and abundance of shops and cafes.

The rain stopped in time for an evening boating excursion on this “Venice of the North”. Several of us enjoyed the Royal Canal Cruise past many of the points of interest on some of the 14 islands on which the city is built. Tomorrow, we plan to walk in some of these same areas with the local walking club, then cruise by ferry through the Stockholm Archipelago towards Finland.
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walkingbetty@yahoo.com on

Dan, loved the pictures. I hope the clematis I've planted last year will look as good as the one in Sweden. If you do get the isometrics exercise program, I would love to have a copy to give me the incentive I desperately need. I miss doing all the walks and especially miss being on your trips.

friesendm on

Hi Betty - right now, I just have the Swedish version, so I'm assuming you don't speak Swedish:) I'm trying to get it interpreted so we can spread it around North America. Stay tuned...or feel free to contact me in a few weeks to see if we've made progress.

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