Waiting for the tide
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Where I stayed
Brofästet Hotell & Konferens
What I did
Took it easy
After what seemed a short stint on a motorway our SatNav took us on the coastal route. I hesitated and kept Susan on the motorway for some further distance but then at a critical point, surrendered to the route chosen after having checked that I had specified 'the fast route'. Hoping to be compensated with good scenery for the slow 'local' traffic we got neither and I'm happy to say we managed to make the trip at an average speed of 93 kph
In Kalmar the matter of urgency, requiring a call to UK, was to check if my request to change our ferry to Klaipeda in Lithuania from 17th to 15th was okay. However, the cost of changing again was not going to rise to E227 (on top of the E40 I paid for the earlier change and the original cost of E263 I paid when I first booked in May). Resolving to stay 4 more days in Sweden we (or at least Susan) settled down for a nap after the drive. I started looking for a hotel for the extra 3 nights. I believe I found a great spot near Kristianstad but will reserve judgement until I can verify it is as good as it looked on the internet.
Further research at reception has turned up a tennis club only at the back of the hotel where we can hire a court for ONLY SEK 140/hour. At this rate the further move from Stockholm the closer we will get to HK$75 per hour. I just hope we don't have to be as far as Lithuania. Susan may suffer withdrawal ....
Before dinner we bagged another very impressive castle ...a real slott this time
Kalmar is a very old port town on Kalmar Sound which offers sailors a protected passage inside Oland (with 2 dots over the 'O' which makes for the English 'is' in island but is pronounced Urland) and the mainland.
Dinner was taken at what must be the best place in town as it was packed while most other were either closed or poorly patronised. The food as always was photographed before being consumed.
Our after dinner stroll revealed the Gamla Stan (the old town) is full of cobbled streets ( a nightmare for Susan's high heels), quaint boutique shops and stores and historical buildings and sculptures some dating from the 15th century. Leaving tomorrow obliged us to see as much as possible until 2230.
Reviewing this now makes me wonder if I have too many pictures and video and just how much the host will allow me. Oh well! It runs out when it runs out......back to my uselessly soft European pillow and room without a fridge or air-con.