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Windmills and Rune Stones

SWEDEN | Tuesday, 14 August 2012 | Views [1384]

Rune Stones, Oland Island WHS

Rune Stones, Oland Island WHS

Copenhagen will have to wait!  We returned our rented car in Copenhagen, hired another and took off for Sweden.  The popular myth that rail travel is the best way to get around in Europe is busted – especially in Scandinavia.  And our new rental, a Nissan diesel with free SatNav, will allow us to reach those out-of-the-way sites as cheaply as possible.  We will spend a few days touring Copenhagen when we return for our cruise along Norway’s fjords.

   Hundreds of windmills

Our first stop was Oland, a narrow island of charming churches, weathered windmills and rune stones dating back to the Stone Age.  The boundaries of the parcels of land haven’t changed since the Iron Age although the windmills have been renovated by a group of concerned citizens.  The rune stones mark ancient cemeteries, in use by culture after culture for generation after generation.

 

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