Monday, August 2, 2010

Växjö Revisited


SWEDISH FACT-OF-THE-DAY:
The Swedish Royal Family (Bernadotte) originally hails from France.

NEWS BULLETIN FROM MALMÖ: This just in from NorreSkåne's top investigative reporter, Johan Hammarqvist. The Malmö dancing policeman first reported here about ten days ago was a hoax! He was actually part of a promotion for an art exhibit. Johan even dug up a YouTube video of moves that could only have been learned at the Blue Oyster Club. Enjoy . . .

Växjö Skyline

I let Laurie pick today's activities and she decided that it was time to leave Skåne for the train ride into mysterious Småland. Her city of choice today was Växjö because of their famed glassblowing shops known collectively as the Glasriket.

This would be my second trip to Växjö. As with Ystad last week, this time Växjö was much more alive with people and activities on a nice Summer day.

The skyline dominating Domkyrkan
a.k.a. The Växjö Cathedral

"I've got your back!"

"Eve and the Apple"
Glasriket in the Domkyrkan

More Glasriket in the Domkyrkan

Even More Glasriket in the Domkyrkan

Esaias Tecner
Bishop of Växjö
1824-1846

I just liked the colors

Rune Stone circa A.D. 1,000

It was discovered in 1813 in the eastern chapel wall of the Växjö Cathedral. This Rune Stone had been hidden from view for hundreds of years under the plaster.

The Rune Stone's translation which starts at the head of the serpent: "Tyke - Tyke Viking erected this stone in memory of Gunnar, Grim's son. May God help his soul."

Adrian?

A flowery tribute to Carl Linné

This world reknowned Swedish botanist is also known as Carl Linnaeus.

A time out by Växjösjön

I could have said Lake Växjö but the Swedish name does have SEVEN dots.

Vilhelm Moberg

The author of "The Emigrant" series of books, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, hails from Småland.

In Växjö they have the Utvandrarnas Hus or Emigrant House which is a museum with displays on the emigration of over one million Swedes to America between 1850 and 1930.

Closed on Mondays.

I hope our roof in Camarillo is still O.K.

A Magical Old Windmill

As it turned out, all of the glassblowing factories and shops are in the villages that surround Växjö. Without a car, we were not able to get out to see them.

Surprisingly, there was very little blown glass for sale in town. Even the Smålands Museum which is known for its extensive collection of pieces from Sweden's 500 year old glass industry did not cooperate. Our guide book said they were open until 19.00 but when we got there at 16.40 we were informed that the museum closed in 20 minutes. They had a few glass trinkets for sale in their gift shop but nothing caught Laurie's eye.

Financially, I lucked out.

Toasting to David Lassen?

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