The Plague Returns
Trip Start Apr 25, 2013
153Trip End Nov 02, 2013
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Whilst my visit to the island of Gotland (part of Sweden) may not actually have been quite as epic as the black plague of medieval times, the city of Visby is arguably the most intact medieval town in Europe. Once the major trade city in the Baltic Sea, much of many of the original 11th century buildings still stand. Nearly the entire city wall is still intact, along with all the three city gate entrances and guard towers.
As the port is too small to accommodate a large cruise ship of todays standards, our ship anchored off shore and tendered passengers ashore using the life boats. Initially we booked a walking tour, but at $35each, decided to save some money and go it alone. It was a good choice. We came ashore around 9, and started with a short walk around the city parameter. The walls were most impressive and there was plenty of useful tourist information around.
After a couple kilometres around the city, we entered the north gate to explore its interior. We walked the winding cobbled streets, browsing some shops, and exploring the countless ruined churches and buildings of Visby. The most significant monuments being the Cathedral of Marie Lucia and ruined St Nicholas church.
I managed to still really enjoy the day, despite feeling terrible. The sun was welcome and I loved the medieval buildings. Tourists aside, this was definitely the quietest town we had visited. It felt like a ghost town at times, no locals to be seen.
We found some Stepsils at a general store, and along with the cough syrup, cold and flu tablets and some rest this afternoon, I feel I'm slowly on the road to recovery. We were back on the boat around 1pm for a 3pm departure. Ive been in bed, whilst Natalie hit the gym and enjoyed some sunbaking. Tomorrow we are off on a guided tour of Latvia! Looking forward to it.