In the Middle of the Baltic Sea…

Helsinki, Finland is where Royal Caribbean’s Serenade of the Seas has taken us today. While we’re off in search of the Rock Church, I hope you enjoy a recap our recent visit to Visby, Sweden. _______________________________________________________________

The beach at Visby, or Wisby, as the locals call it!

The beach at Visby, or Wisby, as the locals call it!

As we waited for the tender to take us ashore, I remember asking myself if I really wanted to see Visby this badly. I’m not big on tenders. I prefer getting on and off any ship on a whim. The seas have been very calm here, so I decided to forego the Bonine. I was a little more than apprehensive,  as these tenders tend to bounce. But I knew that Visby was a place I would probably never get to again, so I bit the bullet and boarded. It was the right decision.

 

It’s a funny thing about Visby. Everyone who went ashore that

It's no wonder that Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!
It’s no wonder that Visby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

 

day had the same reaction:  This is an amazing village. This tiny town is nothing short of magical. Within the stone walls is a well-preserved, historic town. We’re talking real old here – 12th century old. Visby sits on a small island, just off the coast of Sweden. This peaceful village is brimming with ancient structures and old buildings where people continue to live and work today. As is our preferred method, we walked the entire town this Sunday, then stopped for a local brew and the Swedish version of the hotdog. Those who live there genuinely welcomed us, opening stores early and stopping to ask where we were from.

12th century walls frame the historic old town.

12th century walls frame the historic old town.

This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which borders the Baltic Sea and contains some of the most well maintained historical sites in the region.

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2 Responses to In the Middle of the Baltic Sea…

  1. Sarah says:

    Cool.

    • Deb says:

      I have to say Catherine’s Palace was my favorite. Had we not had three days there, we would not have been able to see it.

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