Sweden was like Candy Land for us. In Stockholm, the Vasa and the Junibacken, which is a kid’s museum based on Swedish children’s books, kept us enthralled all day long. Though Nick had to stay behind and fiddle with the engine, the kids probably had the most fun day of the entire Baltic. Nick and I let loose later in the night, when we rented scooters and zoomed all around the city, which landed us at a delicious steakhouse.
In the Swedish Archipelago, we had to motor against the wind and waves a lot dodging and weaving between rocks in the fairway, but we found so many nice anchorages and marinas. We explored the forests foraging berries and meeting mythical white cows, we fed the ducks and explored peninsulas of the mainland by biking and hiking, and we found many playgrounds and mini golf on exploration.
In Valmar, we enjoyed the castle tour. Tristan especially liked the dungeon and the guide that sat down in the thrown. Rory played the harmonica amongst the tall walls, and we found more playgrounds, art museums, and a kid’s museum with the discovery of the sunken ship Kronan.
Our last dinner was bittersweet. Mark and Cecilie did such a wonderful job taking care of us, and we grew so close to so many sailors that I wept some tears by the end of the night. It was an unforgettable summer. Thanks to everyone that shared the journey.