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Disas Ting and other stuff

Denmark-Sweden 2016

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large_1297706_14790337439587.jpgGoogling stone circles I found another one near Ales stenar (which was already on my must see list) Disas Ting stone circle in Svarte, well, more like a stone rectangle. It's located right at the road side so not to be missed. The name comes from a legend, where a maiden named Disa conducted legal hearings (ting) on this site. I couldn't find the whole story and this, from the plaque on the site, is a bit vague but maybe my fellow travel buddy's can tell me more (?)

Then on to Ales stenar, the most famous stone circle/stone ship of Sweden. Here a big parking lot with information billboards and flyers in several languages but no sign of a stone circle yet. I took a flyer and discovered there are lots more sights to discover. I started walking following the signs and after a bit I was alone with just meadows and sheep.large_1297706_14790337775595.jpg In the distance Ales stenar came in sight and getting closer it became more and more impressive.

The stone circle/ship is built overseeing the coastline and the site is not polluted with touristy stuff like icecream carts, info stand or a restaurant. I sort of expected the whole tourist souvenir shebang so I was pleasantly surprized. I wasn't the only visitor but I managed to get some pictures without people in it, makes it look just a bit more magical.

Next I went to Kivik [Kivik-travel-guide-665464] to find the bronze age grave mentioned in the flyer. It has a double name to make things easier; Kungagraven/Kiviksgraven But I managed to find it quite easily. It's an royal tomb (Kungagraven = Kings grave) a passage grave.large_1297706_14790338024844.jpg I can enter the site but the tomb itself is closed on mondays

Also a tip from the flyer: Halsberg stenar, nothing megalithic this time but the work of a miller. He carved the mill´s history and parts of the bible in several rocks which are displayed in the garden at the mill. The museum near the mill is also closed on mondays but at the garden a sign asks visitors friendly to leave the entrance fee in the mailbox at the gate and so I do. I'm the only visitor at this time.

To not have a full day of stones and graves I also visit Ystad today. This medieval town is like an open air museum with it's pastel-coloured half-timbered houses and the cobblestone streets. I have a (very) late lunch in a backery shop near the main square and have a chat with one of the other visitors, an old man who after living in Berlin for a while came back to Sweden. After a walk through the town I install myself on a bench in the park near the abbey and just enjoy the sun and the view for a bit.


Posted by Stefmuts 03:34 Archived in Sweden Tagged landscapes city tomb coastline megalithic Comments (0)

Marstrand vs Göteborg

Denmark-Sweden 2016

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large_1297706_14768920575532.jpgSome of my fellow campers have spend a day in Göteborg (Gothenburg) and had a great time, their stories almost made me reconsider my plans for a daytrip Marstrand. Back home planning this trip I thought of spending another day here and visit the city Göteborg. But somehow I scratched it off the list, and now I'm having doubts.

I finally decided to stick to my plan and drive north to the small island town called Marstrand. You have to park your car near the harbour since bringing it up the island is prohibited (and pretty useless), the only cars on the island are used to bring goods from the mainland to the stores at the harbour area, all else is inaccessible to cars, locals use golf carts and scooters. My travel guide says Marstrand buzzes with activity in the summer but I think september is not considered summer anymore, or maybe it's because it's a monday, but not much buzzing today.large_1297706_14768920757812.jpg Stores and restaurants are closed except for the supermarket and the kiosk at the ferry. I take the ferry to the island and here too, not much buzzing.

I start walking uphil to Carlsten Fort, the main attraction on the island. A sign at the door indicates the fort is open to the public so I enter and follow the signs to the ticket office which is pretty well tucked away in a back office. I'm not the only visitor at the fort, some other people found the ticket office as well. The big tower is not open to the public, I believe it is used as a conference center or something like that, you can only use the passage through the tower. But almost all other parts are open. Some rooms you have to search for the light switch to see anything but an open door means to me I'm allowed to go look for a light switch.large_1297706_14768920552557.jpg The fort was also used as a prison and the inmates had to work on extending the fort. The big round tower used to be a smaller square tower and was extended to a round shaped tower, you can see the date sign on the inside door in the passage.

There are secrets passageways going from one end of the fort to the other, well, not so secret anymore and well lit, I guess it used to be more scary going through them with only candle light. I tried both routes (of course!) one ends in the back of the forts church, the other in the courtyard.

From the fort I start my walk around the island. There is a sacrificial stone, a big piece of rock with a blood groove, this could very well be something else like a groove made by a stonecutterto split the rocks.large_1297706_14768920626523.jpg But hey, there are stories, and some people see the hammer of Thor carved in one side of the rock.

St.Erik's cave is the place the villagers fled to while Marstrand was under siege of Tordenskiolds in 1719, there are actually two caves, St.Erik's, the bigger one with the pulpit rock,and Mrs Arfvidsson's bed chamber, here Mrs Arfvidsson gave birth to a son. I couldn't locate the well though. St.Eriks park is barely recognizable as being a park, it's just an open space in the woods if not for the sign saying it is a park. I can imagine it was a nice park in it's glory days but today nature has taken over for the most part.

The west side of the island is rough and rocky and the path is not always clear, some parts it's just a painted arrow on the rock showing you where to go.large_1297706_14768921375234.jpg It's a great spot to take pictures! Wooden bridges connect some of the rocks and there are some benches placed along the route so you can sit and enjoy the view. There are some beach areas for nude bathing and closer to the village the regular beach area's, well, not beach since it's al rocks here, but steps going into the water. Not great weather for swimming today though.

Back in the harbour still not much buzzing so no coffee and cake on a terrace with harbour view, instead I took the ferry to the mainland and just did some grocery shopping at the supermarket before returning to Göteborg


Posted by Stefmuts 23:01 Archived in Sweden Tagged landscapes nature coastline sightseeing natural_wonder Comments (0)

Sweden here I come!

Denmark-Sweden 2016

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large_1297706_14766348264502.jpgAcross the Øresund Bridge I enter Sweden and start driving north. I make a detour to visit Kullabergs naturreservat, my old roadmap says there's something special about it so I go and check it out. It's a wild rocky coastline, not like the rest of the coastline in this area. You can do a boattour or one of the hiking trails, I did neither, I just followed the path from the lighthouse down, walked around a bit and walked back up again. I still have a long drive ahead and I wanted to take a look at the stonecirkel nearby as well.

I saw the sign on the roadside, but it wasn't too easy to find. I asked a woman in traditional clothing directions and she offered to take me there since she was already taking some other people, so I got a regular tour of the domarringar. She knew a lot of interesting things about the circles, the one were at is for the man, there are two more nearby (smaller ones) and those are for the woman and children. There are several others in the area but they are from different tribes. She also told about local medicine, communication methods (a peace of wood on a string which made a sound when swayed around) and more, so I stayed longer than planned and listened to her stories.

After that I didn't make any more sightseeing stops and I arrived at my campsite (Lysebergsbyn) at 17:30 and I was surprised to see the tent area being half full, so I'm not the only one going around Sweden in a tent


Posted by Stefmuts 03:33 Archived in Sweden Tagged coastline sightseeing lighthouse megalithic Comments (0)

Skipping the cliffs of Moher & visiting the Burren

Ireland 2008

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large_1297706_14339646699663.jpgNext morning at breakfast we met an Italian couple also staying in the B&B, their route is opposite ours so we could exchange the must sees ahead. First we went back to Quin [Quin-travel-guide-938508] to take a picture of the abby right across the streed from the pub where we had dinner last night. Then its off to the famous Cliffs of Moher. At Lahinch we started following the coastal route again. At the Cliffs of Moher we found out that parking only already cost €8,- I really thought that was crazy much! So we skipped those famous cliffs. A bit further up the route, at Doolin we could see the cliffs in the distance and I must say I don\'t think they are specially more beautiful than the ones at Portmagee [Portmagee-travel-guide-938466] although those are not 8 km long. At Doolin we could take a boat trip to the cliffs but it was rough seas, we just got off a boat (Skellig islands tour) and we kind of had it with those cliffs. Off to the next site!

Well actually we are already at the next site, the Burren, it means rocky place, and so it is.large_1297706_14339646703953.jpgAnd across the pub, the abbeyThe limestone pavement as they call it looks really weird but beautiful. It is such a special landscape that there actually was a film crew filming. We visited Aillwee cave, how that was discovered is a nice story: In 1940 a farmer saw his dog disappear in a hole, he went home, got some candles and went in after the dog. The animal was alright sitting on a ledge in a cave with stalagmites and stalactites. the farmer took the dog and went home not telling about the cave for 33 years. In 1973 he finally told about what happened and the cave and today it is open for visits. The cave was formed by an underground river carving a egg shaped corridor, after the river dried up the sides caved in which gives it the special shape it has today. Entrance fee was €15,- but besides the cave you can also visit the bird park with lots of birds of preyand a cheese making farm.

At Poulnabrone we visited the famous dolmen, it is said to be a prehistoric gravesite (I was told the dolmens in the Netherlands weren\'t graves so i\'m not sure this one is) We had to wait for a whole bus Dutch seniors to leave but then we had the dolmen all to ourselves.

Next B&B in Clarebridge is right next to the pub, great!


Posted by Stefmuts 03:34 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes cliffs nature coastline Comments (0)

Skellig Islands

Ireland 2008

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large_1297706_14339634653674.jpgToday we have scheduled a boat trip to the Skellig islands. We had some coffe in the pub and then to the harbour looking for Shaunie. Various tour boats are ready to go, but Shaunie's not there yet. He will be here shortly they said and after a bit there he was. We are all together eleven and Shaunie, ready to go. It's already 10:30 and we still have some way to go. There are some damp leaflets with information on the islands and the birds living there on the boat, and we soon found out why they were damp.

My travel guide said we would only circle around the islands, but we actually got to visit Skellig Michael. Probably because the breeding season is over we could visit. On Skellig Michael there are a lot of steps leading to the monastery on the top. Its a 6th century monastery built with only the flat rocks found on the island. I was pretty much out of breath when I got up there but it's a really nice site. I can imagine it would have gotten very lonely for the monks living there. Despite the harsh circumstances it withstood the test of time pretty well.

At 13:30 we had to be back down to continue our boat trip.large_1297706_14339635112370.jpg We sailed around Little Skellig, entirely inhabited by seabirds, gannet (lots of them) andof course gulls. Sadly the puffins already left to go south, I would have loved to see them. At a bit after three o'clock we were back at Portmagee [Portmagee-travel-guide-938466] and after a hot drink at the pub we went on our way, on the N70 to Tralee [Tralee-travel-guide-939228] and on towards Limerick [Limerick-travel-guide-937749], we stopped at Adare [Adare-travel-guide-933754] to take some pictures of the Friary and the Castle and again in Limerick to take some pictures of st. John’s Castle, it already was too late for a decent visit. We found our B&B in Doora, next to the church, you can't miss it. We went for dinner to the next town, Quin, the local pub had great food and lateron live music.


Posted by Stefmuts 03:33 Archived in Ireland Tagged landscapes birds nature island coastline skellig Comments (0)

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