We saw many picturesque old windmills while driving around Gotland, and some newer ones too. One day we drove out to an area where we saw many large new windmills.
Sweden aims to be carbon neutral in 2045. In 2017, 12.4% of their power came from wind power. The sign at the location described the size of the windmills and how much power they generated.
We did some exploring in our Volvo rental car. The busiest roads are two lanes, and it gets even smaller in some areas.
Typical road scene. The church is the Sundre church.
We also found out that road construction sites use the honor system, no flaggers necessary.
Sheep in a roadside field.
There are 95 parishes in Gotland, and 92 churches. We saw quite a few in our wandering, and it always seemed as if you could see a church bell tower from where ever you might be, at any time.
The Fårö Church is a medieval Lutheran church on Fårö island in Sweden.
We found the one and only vineyard on Gotland. We’ll have to go back when they have a tasting room.
From their website http://www.langmyrevineri.se/
Långmyre Vineri is a certified organic vineyard established in 2018 and will be harvesting for the first time in 2020. Our full capacity is 26.000 bottles, with minimal impact on the environment.
During our travels around Gotland we saw many large lilac bushes. We were not there during the flowering season, unfortunately. We asked our host Maria and she said yes, the island has a lot of lilac bushes and it is a wonderful time of year when they bloom. When asked for possible lilac season dates, she guessed somewhere around June 10 to June 20, so right around Midsommer.
We flew out of Visby back to Stockholm, so we had one last chance to wander around Visby, which now was no longer in the Medieval period. But the normal everyday Visby is quite beautiful on its own, without all the medieval characters.
The botanical gardens were lovely, and this time we were able to walk into some of the church ruins, which had been closed during the medieval festival.
St. Catherine’s ruin, also known as the Church of St. Karin, in the Visby Town Square.
We stopped in at the Visby glassblowers, and had our final meal on Gotland at Bak Fickan.
Shrimp salad at Bak Fickan.
Great way to end your trip on the beautiful
and relaxing island of Gotland. Of course I
love the roadside spectators pic!!
Great post. I love very much Your Church photos. Well, what comes to windmills, in Finland we have many traditional windmills. This is my collection of windmills around Finland:
This post presents the life of windmills compared with human life:
Life of traditional windmills
Have a wonderful day!
Nice post on Windmills in Finland. Very similar to the ones we saw in Sweden, but there were many and easy to find on Gotland. We did not see any in total disrepair, but many unused now.