Wooo – the day dawned CLEAR! We were told this was the first clear-partly cloudy day here in over a month. Luck is with us as we move further north in these latitudes. Today we visited the west coast north of Malmo and stumbled upon a Swedish Stonehenge equivalent – a circle of large stones placed in a grassy field overlooking the ocean placed their by the Nordics many years ago. The town below served up some expensive but tasty smoked fish and other Swedish pickled seafood delicacies. It was cold in the air but beautiful in the sunshine – staring at the ocean from the high bluffs it was hard to imagine part of the water freezing over in the icy clutches of the winter months.
Heading further north we entered apple country. Fields of trellised apple trees all bore green, white and bright red fruit. Harvest had just started and we gorged ourselves on tangy tasting apples. Oh, and of course the cider. I was looking to get hammered on some cider but was disappointed to find each cider is only 2% alcohol. Bummer, but no matter – it was easy to drink bottle after bottle while lounging in the warm sunshine overlooking the Baltic Coastline. What a relaxing afternoon! And the apple farm we visited offered large quantities of pear and apple cider all at discounts of nearly 50% over what you would find in a supermarket.