A day in Kalmar
|Kalmar square, near the cathedral. And a nice tourist from Germany.|
Not far from our cottage is the city named Kalmar, by the Baltic Sea. This city was one of the most important cities in the thirteenth to the seventeenth centuries, with the Kalmar Castle as a center, because of the fortified town.
|Husband with my red bag and a tiny shopping bag.|
This is an old mound (wall) from the time Kalmar was fortified.
Today there are stores, restaurants and sight seeings in these places.
|From the mound above you can walk to this bridge to the prison.|
It was opened in 1852 and it is still in use, making it the oldest prison in Sweden.
Before this building was built, the prisoners were kept at the castle.
|The castle in Kalmar, with the towers and cannons.|
My daughter took this photo during the evening, before we went back to the cottage.
|Some parts of the castle in sunset.|
We had some food along and sat in the first inner yard,
eating and enjoying the surroundings.
There is so much to see at this city and we often take a trip here. Some places are given to visit for us, like the toy shop Paddington and the castle. The town has several exhibitions, mostly at the castle and every year they host a medieval folk festival. At the castle you can experience the history and the tales from many years back. As an example we have the Kalmar Bloodbath, on July 1505, when the public execution of the town's mayor, city councillors and a handfull or the leading burghers happened. This was a retaliation for assisting the Swedes in retaking the city of Kalmar from the Danes in 1503. 100 years later there was a war between Denmark, Norway and Sweden. It was a wild time, but today it is so much calmer. Just a nice industrial city with cold oceanic climate.
|Csilla sitting in the grass at the castle.|
|Csilla and the rose. The castle has a little garden.|
I had Csilla along and she was really great to work with and take photos. I took a bunch of photos of the city, of Csilla and these you can see some of at my Flickr. And I bought some materials for the room, for Csilla. We had a lovely day as a family and now we are at the cottage - gardening, swimming in the lake, enjoying the sun and reading books!