Days 39 and 40–A Tour of Prins Bertils Stig (Part 1)

Prins Bertil was a Duke of Halland, the county in which Halmstad is located. He summered in Tylösand and was a sportsman. In 1998 his widow opened the trail named after Bertil. It runs about 10 miles from the castle in downtown Halmstad along the coast to Tylösand and then turns inland to a nature reserve. I took photos along the trail to share with you. The first half is today, the rest tomorrow.

The inner courtyard of the castle. The place as built in the early 1600s when Halmstad was still part of Denmark on order of the Danish king.

A sign like this marks the beginning of the trail.

It starts out along the Nissan River that empties into the harbor.

New condos are going up along the river.

At water’s edge is a beach used by windsurfers and parasailors. This is also a beach where dogs are allowed all year around. They are banned from May 1 to Sept. 15 on other beaches.

Speaking of which, in the middle of the forest along the trail is a pet cemetery.

Some even have headstones, like old Puck here.

Several pets were buried in this plot. But enough of that.

The trail runs right past the swim stadium.

This is the beach where Mariette spent her youth. Not a bad place for a kid to grow up.

Some lucky folks have their summer houses right along the trail. This one is my favorite. I love the fence and gate.

The grass growing out of the water is called vass and it was used for centuries as roofing material. A foot or so of vass stacked over your head kept you dry for years and years.

“Battle at Nissan.” The largest sea battle of the entire Viking Era occurred along the trail on August 10, 1062. This plaque commemorates the event.

Earlier in the summer, wild orchids grew here.

At the end of this breakwater is good crayfishing.

I would like to have seen Monet paint this scene. If you look closely you can see sheep here and there.

Another harbor and marina along the trail.

This was a granite quarry once upon a time.

This is another section of the old quarry. People used to dive from near the top of the rocks, nearly 20 meters, until last summer when a guy got killed. The plan now is to join it with the shot above and make a larger marina.

This stone was erected to commemorate visits by two Swedish Kings, Gustav V and Gustav VI.

And today’s trip ends at the little fish market that lies about a par 4 from our house. Second half of the trip tomorrow, assuming it doesn’t rain, which might be stretching things. We shall see when we wake up. Each day is like this.

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