Day Three: Scandinavian Adventure. A Walking Tour Of Malmo
I had planned on either renting a car or taking a train to see some more of the Swedish countryside today, but overcast skies, light rain and little sleep kept me in the city of Malmo. And I am glad I stayed put.
I wasn’t going to let the weather keep me inside so I put on my rain gear and went walking through the cobblestone and flowered lined streets of Malmo. the skies were just overcast when I left and walked east along Kungparken, the park I visited yesterday.
The residential streets were quiet, wide and lined with trees and flowers. Walking was easy and the traffic lights and crossing lanes were all pedestrian friendly. There were modern building but also some beautiful old ones like the library All properties were well maintained.
After walking a few more blocks east i headed south through a more residential neighborhood. There was a bit more traffic but still no problems walking the busy streets. i walked past small grocery shops, coffee shops, and other small businesses common in a local community and i stopped and had a cup of coffee in one of them. As usual the folks spoke fairly good English and were very friendly.
I roamed the streets of this neighborhood in a light rain until I came to a large cemetery. I later learned it was the cemetery for St. Paul’s Church. The well maintained graves were mainly from the last 50 years although I found a few dating back to the 1860’s. I love visiting cemeteries.
I then came upon St. Paul Church, an impressive and beautiful structure. I learned it was a stop on an ancient pilgrimage route dating back to the middle ages. Unfortunately the church was closed for renovations. This is a link to more photos of this beautiful church. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/malmo-sweden-sankt-pauli-kyrka-july-28-2015
I then walked along the waterway that surrounds old town Malmo and came upon the railroad tracks and the train station. Took a break and had another cup of coffee amid the hustle and bustle of the train station.
I then saw a lighthouse and had to get to it. I explored the beautiful harbor of Malmo. and realized there is a lot more to this city then at first glance. It is more than history and old building. I love ports and roamed around this one. Was surprised to see all the upscale housing in the many new housing complexes along the water. The sun was peeking through some dark clouds to the east and made for some spectacular scenery. Here is a link to some more photographs of the harbor. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/malmo-sweden-waterfront-july-28-2015
i then spied the unique Turning Torso building, the highest in Scandinavia. It looked like a storm approached but I had to see this building. And it was impressive, even more so up close. i wanted to ride to the top, but reservations were required. Here is a link to some more photographs of this unique building. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/turning-torso-malmo-sweden-july-28-2015
Disappointed, I took the long walk back past the fish markets, Malmohus Castle, the windmill and gardens I visited yesterday. I was exhausted, it was a long four hike but I sure did enjoyed myself and learned so much about the wonderful city of Malmo, where the old and new meet. Here is a link to some more photos i took on my hike today. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/malmo-sweden-morning-walk-july-28-2015
“What strange phenomena we find in a great city, all we need do is stroll about with our eyes open” Charles Baudelaire