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Tolmin Gorges

Tolmin gorges are one of those hidden and often overlooked pearls of our little country. Well they are not grand like Grand Canyon for example, but it’s the little things that more often than not grow to your heart.

You can get to these gorges by foot from Tolmin following the Tolminka river or alternatively drive there by car.

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While the published route is marked in counter clockwise direction, clockwise one is much easier to walk. A view from the road down into the emerald abyss.

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Orsa – Uppsala

Leaving the Orsa Björnpark at around 2pm, we headed back south via Falun to the university town of Uppsala.

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We might be a small country with even less people, but if we are good at making something, it’s got to be world class athletes. Anže Kopitar is undoubtedly the greatest athlete coming from our little nation. Started to play ice hockey when he was of little age, he advanced quickly, moved to Sweden as a teenager and soon got drafted in NHL by LA Kings team. He immediately proved his worth and has since become one of the best NHL players with high praises from different ice hockey experts, Wayne Gretzky being one of them.

Anže’s view of the ice field is unlike any others and he finished this years play-offs as top scoring player with 26 points in 26 games. His statistic are at the bottom of this page.

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One of the first to arrive to the ‘crime scene’ was one of Anže’s biggest fans from his hometown.

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Kolarbyn – Orsa Grönklitt

Leaving the beauty and serenity of Kolarbyn behind us, we took the road to the North. After making a short stop at Falun, to see the city of one of our favorite metal bands, Sabaton, we continued North, by the lake Siljan to Orsa Grönklitt.

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Postcards from spring Bled

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Or how the Metaldays site looks in early spring when not occupied by thousands of metalheads from all over the world.

Since the above mentioned heavy metal festival is taking place in one of the most beautiful places in our country, dare I say Europe or World, and since I took my wife for a little trip, which took us to Tolmin, where the festival (previously known as Metalcamp) is taking place for more than a decade, it was quite interesting to visit the place where we have enjoyed our summer days so many times in the past.

Here’s how the site looks at the moment:

01Remember the walk down the path to the main beach? Missing in this photo is a bar on the right and topless women playing badminton!

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Karlstad – Kolarbyn

This trip was one of the best in our lives and if we would have to pick a day, that was the best, it was this one.

001After a good night’s sleep in a camp just outside of Karlstad, we awoke into a misty morning, but rising sun dealt with it efficiently, clearing the skies fast.

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Göteborg – Fjällbacka

Following a good night’s rest at Göteborg’s hostel, we headed north. First to satisfy my aviation needs, we visited Göteborgs Aeroseum (which will be presented in a separate post) and then headed north through West coast archipelago.

s082Just to visualize 3rd day’s trip. I have to admit, a tour of Aeroseum took (unsurprisingly) longer than planned, which meant we were on a rush a bit. 

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Göteborg

After a late afternoon and evening visit to the center of Stockholm and a good night’s sleep in the prison, it was time to hit the road. What lay ahead of us was the longest leg of our road trip. Driving down in approximately South-West direction we passed a number of “köpings” – word that can be equated to “burg” as in Edinburgh, Hamburg, etc.

000One of those places was also Norrköping, home of the SAAB corporation, probably most known for the cars, but also a rather large aviation manufacturer and so driving down south by the town, we were greeted by pairs of aircraft posted on the display by the highway – Tunnan, Lansen, Draken and Viggen could all be seen as well as Safir, 105 and if I am not mistaken Saab 340. Halfway through our leg, we reached Sweden’s second biggest lake – Vättern.

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