mellow & vivid visby

You walk in through a large opening in the nearly 1000-year-old wall. There’s a square, but that’s the only other thing than the colourful, homely-looking houses that seem to completely fill the place. Between the houses there are small alleys, and sometimes a narrow street. At most one car could fit on those streets, which is fine, because there aren’t that many of them anyway. It’s possibly the best-preserved medieval city in Scandinavia, and it’s calm and quiet. Well, at least in early June – later in the summer, it’s run over by tourists from all over Sweden. This UNESCO World Heritage site is Visby, the only city on the large Swedish island, Gotland.

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I’ve never considered myself a city person, which is why I was quite critical about spending half a day in Visby – especially since it was the first time I visited Gotland, an island I had dreamed about visiting for years! It’s an incredible island in many ways: there are incredible geological formations and several species unique to the island. I wrote about that earlier. My companions insisted, though, so I gave in. Now I’m glad I got to see Visby, too – it added even more diversity and personality to the island.

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Everywhere, there were striking colours and subtle shadows.

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Quite homely, no? It’s hard to go wrong with an ever-present sea.

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The colours of Visby.

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Even the gutters are beautiful.

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Guardian?

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It’s obvious, even from the sea, that Visby is a cozy and unique city. 

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