Friday, May 27, 2016
On the Baltic Sea for the Ferry Boat Ride to Visby on the Island of Gotland
Friday, 27 May, 2016:
Due to the excitement at the thought of a weekend road trip, I could not sleep and was out of Icelandia II's door at 7:00 a.m. to catch the bus to the Upplands Väsby train station.
I was on a commuter train headed to Stockholm Central station by 7:20 a.m., switched commuter trains there and was in the port city of Nynäshamn by 9:15 a.m.
Early Day Fika in Nynäshamn
With much needed nutrients now coursing through my body, I made my way down to . . .
. . . Nynäshamn's Boat Terminal
I was due to board the 11:25 a.m.
Ferry for the 3 1/2 hour ride to Visby
Sailing on the Baltic Sea
can be quite relaxing
In Visby, our boat with
the Big G loomed large
It holds 1,500 passengers and several vehicles after all.
The King greeted us at Visby's Harbor
EXCEPTIONAL Daim Ice Cream!
Wäsby Warriors U11 Head Coach Johan Lundqvist highly recommended that I stop here. Who was I to argue?
The Marabou Chocolate Company is near Icelandia II and their Daim Chocolates are akin to my old childhood favorite candy, Butter Brickle.
Daim ice cream has large chunks of this delicious chocolate candy blended in to a creamy vanilla ice cream, YUM!
And so good for me too!
Visby is the main city on the island of Gotland.
There are lots of goats in Gotland
There are also lots of consulates
The Tourist Information Office
is on the left just out of sight
Visby has a population of about 23,000 citizens. The old quarter behind its medieval walls is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Half Timbered Building
Nice spot for flowers
Suddenly I had a panic attack!
Had I forgotten to show up to this school to introduce American football and the wonders of the Wäsby Warriors organization to their students?
Then I remembered that I was on a three day holiday from all things American football related.
Still . . .
The school had an ABA basketball
But it had no American football that I could see.
Lots of great little lanes in Visby
The ruins of several medieval churches are considered to be one of the highlights of a trip to Visby.
St. Karins Kyrka
Founded by the Franciscans in 1233
How old is this marker?
Great Gothic Interior
The USA is only a year older
than this building
Sankta Maria Kykra
Built in the late 12th and early 13th centuries, it seems like the only medieval church in Visby that has been kept up over the many years.
I loved this church's many gargoyles.
Are you making fun of me?
HOLD THAT TIGER!
Entry to Sankt Maria Kykra
More ancient markers
were in this church
How many baptisms
has this font seen?
By the way, I watched Sweden's Prince Oscar's, Duke of Skåne, baptism tonight on TV.
He did well!
Gold is Good
Bare breasted ladies in
Sankta Maria Kykra?
Wäsby Warriors' helmets MUST
have real horns in the future!
Helge And Ktykra
It is the only stone built octagonal church in all of Sweden.
I heard an incredible singing voice
as I approached
It was a young woman checking out the celestial acoustics of the church built in 1200. She will sing at a wedding in these ruins tomorrow.
Parts of the roof collapsed after a fire in 1611.
St. Nicolaus Kykra
Built in 1230 by Dominican monks
Arches still working
Creeping Foliage at
St. Nicolai Kykra
An Old, OLD wall
What's behind this Garden Door?
A beer DOES sound good
Cobblestoned streets are everywhere
behind the medieval walls
Nice mail box
Why yes, thanks to the Wäsby
Warriors, I am having FUN!
Visby is colorful
As I said, markers are everywhere
The ruins of the 12th century
churches of St. Peter and St. Hans
Both of these churches fell
into disrepair in the 1500s
due to the Reformation
Cool, one armed clock
Foliage growing out
of a stone wall
A Los Angeles Rams fan in Visby!
I need to get one of those flags for our house in Camarillo.
Visby is indeed a port city on the Baltic Sea, so it is only natural that he is here.
The Söderport Gate
in the medieval wall
Visby's Medieval Wall
Tomorrow, I will make a detailed examination of the medieval wall that still surrounds the old city.
After dining on a good pizza and that previously desired beer, it was time to check in at my hotel.
My home for the next two nights
Not only is it a hotel, it is also the site of a restaurant, a bar and a bowling alley.
The hotel's check-in was in the bowling alley's bar which services Visby's rather loud bowling crowd.
Not to worry as from my room I can't hear any noise whatsoever!
Uncle Joe's has 18 lanes
for your bowling excitement
I opted for one more beer
It was a local brew.
For some reason as I sipped and watch the action on the lanes, I started wondering how Jenn, Andy and Kevin were doing in Las Vegas.
Europe can be weird that way.
IT'S GREAT TO BE A