Sweden 2017

Tue 6/6/17


Val slept well, I didn’t, nothing wrong with the beds I just couldn’t get off!

The morning arrived bright sunny and fresh, so we had a good breakfast and then loaded the car.

Back on the road we followed the Göta canal towards Lake Vättern, stopping off at a couple of locks on the way. Eventually we left the canal and headed south.

We stopped in Vadstena, a town on the lake shore which has a wonderful castle, including a moat! A walk to stretch our legs then back on the road.

After a slow section littered with speed cameras we joined the main road south and headed for Gränna where we parked.

A short walk found us on a ferry heading to Visingo, a large island in Lake Vättern. Once on the island we ate, entrecote done rare and a couple of beers was reasonably priced compared to pizza in another restaurant.

The castle on the island drew us up to have a look before we set off on a short walk. Woodland paths, well signed led us to the castle carp ponds, where in the 16thC the fish were farmed as an easy form of food. Back at the ferry terminal we had coffee and cake sitting in the old castle gardens, nice.

Eventually we caught a ferry back to Gränna, where we did a quick shop then set off for Olstorp Gård and our bed for the next three nights. The road that Google maps chose for us took us on a 5K dirt track, but did get us to where we needed to be. The house is in a small collection of buildings on a farm. We have a small, pretty 3 roomed property, no shower, but there’s one in an adjacent house we can use. We’re staying B&B so need to feed ourselves in the evenings.

A sill salad was followed by reading, watching a little TV covering the events in Sweden for the National Day celebrations, and then bed.