Monday, 1 September 2014
01.09.2014 - 01.09.2014
An almost clear sky as we sail into the Container Port of Gothenburg, the largest container port in Sweden and the home of the Volvo brand. Volvo's car division was sold to Ford some years ago and more recently on-sold to China. The truck and bus division is still Swedish owned.
Our shore excursion explored the Northern Archipelago, a chain of inhabited islands connected by bridges to the West of Gothenburg and accessible by a 15 minute vehicular ferry service.
Our very comfortable coach left right on time at 07:45 and we drove generally North West to cross on the ferry. These low rocky islands are almost treeless and have many lovely houses based on the original fisherman's cottages. Our Northernmost destination was the village of Öckerö where we viewed a 560-year-old church and a charming old resident explained the history - he spoke Swedish so our guide had to interpret what he was saying.
Across the street from the church is a collection of old cottages restored and furnished in the style of 200 years ago. Local ladies of the Öckerö Homestead Association provided coffee, tea and cake in the 'meeting hall'. All extremely friendly and charming and with sunshine for a change a very pleasant time.
Back on the coach we traveled South to the island of Fotö which is the Southernmost island in the archipelago. We spent some time exploring the local village before boarding the coach again for our return journey.
The 'All Aboard' time today was 13:30 and with dozens of tour buses returning at almost the same time they created somewhat of a traffic jam. There were two gang-planks in operation with two security scanners on each line but despite that the queues were extensive. We were thankful that the weather was fine and the delay not too long.
A general observation of travelers with limited mobility. They are often selfish and rude. They 'demand' the front seats in the coach - fair enough but do they have to also have to be the first off ?? By blocking the exit for just a few minutes they reduce the 5 minute photo stop to almost zero for the rest of the passengers. I mention this phenomena to our guide, she confirmed it happens more often than not and regardless of the nationality of the individual. End of observation.
From the check-in directly to the Horizon Court buffet on deck 16 for lunch. After lunch we attended the port lecture for Warnemünde, Germany and Tallinn, Estonia. Made an error in walking out of the theatre and into the 'Market Stall' where we couldn't resist buying some great 'bargains'.
we followed an enjoyable dinner with a walk down to the Vista Lounge (deck 7 Aft). Tonight's performance was a 'Pommy' comedian by the name of Jo Little. Great legs, lovely face, fabulous singing voice, jokes just so so. All in all not a bad show.
Today's image is a hint of the sunrise as we approach Gothenburg http://365project.org/tonydebont/365/2014-09-01
Tomorrow we dock at Warnemünde, Germany. Next report from there.
Have a great day and stay well.
Cheers .. Tony