VISBY, the capital of Gotland, the largest Swedish island in the Baltics

Gotland is a relaxing calming island in south East Sweden which is said to take your heart rate down. The 3,040-meter limestone wall around the well preserved Hanseatic capital of Visby began construction around 1220 but in earnest in 1270 and took over 150 years to complete. It looks like a proper castle, re-inforced by 44 towers some as high as 20 meters. You might think to be an island it was built because of attacks from abroad, but, it was built to protect the city from attacks by local farmers who were prohibited access to the city. However, it was larger powers who eventually breached the wall. The history is mixed, from stone age man to Vikings and then German merchants. From the 13th century, Visby was one of the main trading centres between East and West. in 1225 the huge St. Mary Cathedral was consecrated, and it was used for worship and storing money and valuables. It has been restored and is worth visiting even for its many scary gargoyles because it is the only religious building that survived the bickering throughout the centuries. There ruins of other churches everywhere and the St Catherine Church is an amazing huge ruin. There is a beautiful German looking square, which has throughout history held a market day. It is hard not to sit and have a beer here.

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Doris Visits shares films on all the popular Baltic Destinations and tours so you can see what you are getting and plan ahead. Plus the Baltic chat site where others share knowledge. We can recommend the Changing Of The Guard in Stockholm, we loved Tallinn, it is our favourite cruise route. ‘‘Bruges Canal Boat’ tour is probably the best deal on the route. We show you various tours St Petersburg including ‘on your own with Audio guide‘ and ‘Ballet Evening‘. Then there is our ‘‘chocolate and happiness’ film from Bruges. You can get to Southampton Cruise Terminal by coach so, so cheaply and with no strain, have you ever considered it? If you have never cruised, and we are mainly a cruise site, then click here to see how to look at what cruising is.


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Essentials – cruise travel labels and our cruise crime novels – oh, and the seasickness bands.

The Port guides here on Doris Visits are a great way to remember your cruise and share with your friends. The crime novels are a whole new experience. You may not have been to the ports in the novels, you certainly won’t have been to the parts of the ship they use. All the cruise crime novels will make you feel like you are in the adventure and on the ship – dodge the bullets and stay out of the romance. Ship and cruise accurate, the novels are a great way for new cruisers to discover a ship too. Please share the Amazon link. .CRUISE SHIP HEIST

QUESTION: If I travel and I am more than 24 weeks pregnant am I technically un-insured and liable for all the bills?

ANSWER: Check with your insurance company and lawyer before you travel, but it appears all the companies say no travel.

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