On the sixth and last day of our trip (July 13), we again basically drove the same roads as on Day 1; but still managed to get some variation by making different detours and stopping at other places.
Our first (rather short) stop was at Laholm, a small town which is one of the oldest cities in Sweden, and the oldest in the province of Halland. It received its first city charter in the 13th century, when it belonged to Denmark. During the wars between Sweden and Denmark in the 16th and 17 centuries, Laholm was burnt down several times; but it still has narrow little streets reminding of the medieval times. Sitting on the top of a hill, it also has some beautiful views:
However, what seems to have attracted my camera the most during our brief walk-around, was fountains and sculptures:
The girl with birds in her hair reminded me of Pippi Longstocking (and also our present-day teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg). Looking for more info about the sculpture, I only find that it was made by Ernst Eberlein in 1974. And all I find about him is that he was a Danish sculptor who lived 1911-1993.
However, another website confirms that Laholm does have an unusual amount of sculptures for a small town: about 30 of them, which means one sculpture per 200 inhabitants!
We did not see all of those; but in a garden close to where we parked the car, we could not help noticing this:
He gave me a strange dejá vu feeling when I saw him... A bit eerie, since I don't really remember having visited Laholm before. Might just be those eyes!! (lol) But... If he's been in that same place ever since 1888, I suppose it is possible that I did see him before. (No, not in another life - even if it almost feels like that. But on another trip through this area some 40+ years ago...)
After Laholm, we went in search of a huge iron age burial field, but found a small seashell beach instead... And if you are getting a creepy déja vu feeling now - don't worry! Because yes, I already told that story - in separate post entitled Somewhere by the Sea.
After that little excursion, we went on to Halmstad - another old port city, which once upon a time belonged to Denmark.
|Glass sculpture in the Library, Halmstad|
After lunch and a look around inside this building, we went for a stroll in the town center.
|St Nikolai Church, Halmstad|
Charming old half-timbered buildings
Halmstad also has an old castle, dating back to the early 17th century when Halland was a province of Denmark. Since then,the castle has been restored several times. Nowadays it is the residence and offices of the governor of Halland County. Some other local authorities have offices here as well. (As it is not open to the public as a museum, we only had a look outside.)
|Old ship at the quayside near the castle, Halmstad|
From Halmstad we drove along the coast back up to Varberg.
We decided not to go all the way out to this lighthouse, though.
(The first photo is my original; the second is cropped.)
And "of course" - when we were about five minutes from home...
Never mind! As those were the only drops of rain we had that whole week, not much to complain about!