Thursday, July 27, 2017

Day 5 Kalmar and Öland

Ted drove me to the airport for the nearly 90 minute flight to Kalmar, which is the access point to the island of Öland, Sweden's paradise.   The royal family have  a summer home at Solliden.

A friend of mine, Tori Martinez and her husband, David, and their two adorable kids, met me at the airport in Kalmar.  We walked around the city center, had lunch at a lovely restaurant, Mr & Mrs.  We also indulged in ice cream cones afterward.

Tori and her family were driving back to their home in southern Sweden, so they dropped me off at the bus station, where I caught the bus to Borgholm.  I was checked in for two nights at the Drottning Victoria hotel, which was once the vacation home of Queen Victoria (nee Baden), the consort of Gustav V and mother of King Gustav VI Adolf.

The island is connected to the mainland by a 3.7 mile bridge. It was about an hour ride to Borgholm, and I got let off near the hotel's entrance.       The buffet breakfast is amazing. 

the cathedral

very refreshing beer

we had lunch at Mr & Mrs.

Near the bus/train station.

Lots of royal photos on display at the Drottning Victoria hotel

Borgholm Castle 

Walked to Solliden only to learn that the grounds were closed (but did get into the store)

This was a moooving experience between me and a cow.

the path back to the hotel

Drottning Victoria Hotel

My room/ No TV or phone   

Walking into Borgholm for dinner


Borgholm's harbor

the Baltic 

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