39 responses

  1. thelittlefluffycat
    July 22, 2010

    oh, BLISS. Thank you for this! So very much!

  2. SouthernProletariat
    July 22, 2010

    It is absolutely breathtaking. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Deja Pseu
    July 22, 2010

    It convinces you that man's natural state is rising joy and elation.

    Well, your words and images here have certainly convinced me. Exquisite, just exquisite, and you've taken my breath away with this post. Thank you.

  4. Paula
    July 22, 2010

    there is probably no way where mankind can leave everything behind in an instand but taking off on a boat.
    I almost forgot. Thank you for opening the door to this almost forgotten souvenir of my life before Mr Paula.

    The sunset in Sweden looks very very romantic. *sigh*

    btw I have the feeling part of IKEA's success is due to the flag. Yellow/Blue is the perfect match. At least when it comes to flags and faces of a building. :-)

  5. Marilyn
    July 22, 2010

    This is lovely. We have family in Stockholm and have only skimmed the surface of the Archipelago – always happy to see, hear, breathe in more.

  6. materfamilias
    July 22, 2010

    I felt some of this every time we went for a walk in rural Portugal, and eventually had to put the camera away because Pater seemed to want to take more than two steps at a time without stopping for rapture. You've articulated so well the links between simple beauties and the eyes and the spirit and consciousness — such vacations, put in these terms, become necessities rather than indulgences, although they are indeed indulgences in beauty. thank you!

  7. Stephanie
    July 22, 2010

    blissful! makes you want to take a deep breath and soak in all that beauty.

  8. hostess of the humble bungalow
    July 22, 2010

    Pure poetry…and lovely evocative images.

  9. Patsy
    July 22, 2010

    Can we hear more about Sweden before we return to regular?

    It looks very Maine-like up there.

  10. Belle de Ville
    July 22, 2010

    A beautiful post about a beautiful place.
    Thank you.

  11. metscan
    July 22, 2010

    Simply great. This is the first time during my blogging time, I see pictures like these. These plants, these trees, this sea is near me too. The pictures and your writing is beautiful. Thank you Lisa!

  12. Anna
    July 22, 2010

    Absolutely gorgeous impressions, and beautiful writing. To me, the Baltic sea, the sky, and the roughness of the archipelago are precious even if I grew up here, but I think I have gained a decent tolerance to the overwhelming feeling of wild nature and still life. I think that through your words I now understand for the first time what my husband must have felt like when he visited Scandinavia the first time.

  13. Adventures Along The Way
    July 22, 2010


    I guess I am one of those people who prefer the "blasted purity of a Northern maritime." When I used to live in Norway, I remember feeling a deep sense of peace and at-home-ness. The kind you can't find just anywhere. It is always so wonderful to get to spend time in these kind of places that soothe one's soul…

  14. the gardeners cottage
    July 22, 2010

    hi lpc,

    just getting caught up on your last 2 posts. love all the gorgeous pictures (thankyouverymuch) and the beautiful words to match.


  15. Class factotum
    July 22, 2010

    Those photos are gorgeous. How neat that you have this opportunity in your life! I need to get my mom remarried. Does your stepdad have any brothers?

    RE: steak, kids and kitchen floors. For obvious reasons, I cannot post this on my own blog.

    When I like the kids and the parents, I have no problems with feeding everyone steak. But when they are – ahem – not my favorite (why would it bother me that someone told my husband not to marry me because I "wasn't Catholic enough," even though if I were really strict Catholic, I would not have been marrying my husband in the first place), I am not as excited about exerting myself to be hospitable.

    Yet I will. Because that's how my mother taught me. I will not be ungracious in my own home. If I survived nine days with my outlaws here, I can take two suppers.

  16. frachellea
    July 22, 2010

    Such delights, such loveliness. That view of the pond through the trees would just swell my heart with gladness. Of course, when actually presented with such vistas, I'm tend to lose any but my most basic vocabulary and babble "so gorgeous, so amazing" over and over. Thank you for these pictures!

  17. lauren
    July 22, 2010

    your splendid photo of the forest makes me think of one of my favorite french terms: chemins du désir, or pathways of desire. thoroughfares which develop on their own because things at either end of them are simply necessary.

  18. LPC
    July 22, 2010

    littlefluffy – you are welcome. Thank you in return.

    SouthernProletariat – Thank you. Love your moniker.

    Deja – You're welcome and thank you very much.

    Paula – I love that flag too.

    Marilyn – Yes, I feel like I will search out reports from the Archipelago from now on.

    Mater – Thank you. I loved your shots of Portugal.

  19. LPC
    July 22, 2010

    Stephanie – That is what it feels like, I agree.

    Hostess – Thank you so much.

    Patsy – I understand this is what Maine is like. And I will see if I can dredge up a few last tidbits of Sweden.

    Belle – Thank you.

    metscan – I thought of you while I was there. The northern look.

    Anna – Aw. I'm glad, and I can imagine your husband seeing this for the first time.

  20. LPC
    July 22, 2010

    Adventures – Some places do make us feel like we have come home.

    Janet – Thank you:).

    Class – Thank you. Ha! I actually did introduce my mother to her husband. No kidding. There are brothers, but they are happily married themselves:).

    frachellea – At least you stay coherent in the face of this kind of beauty:).

    lauren – Ah. And I think about the fact that I was accompanied by my sister, her husband, a 10-year old boy, an 8-year old girl, and a 3 1/2 year old boy. All chattering. Thanks.

  21. agirl
    July 22, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL. Rapture entirely deserved, and wholly appreciated.

  22. Loretta
    July 22, 2010

    A perfect post on a muggy, sticky New York night.

  23. Faux Fuchsia
    July 22, 2010

    How utterly serene and beautiful.

    I want to be there NOW

  24. thestudioluxe.com
    July 22, 2010

    Beautiful photos and words. Thank you for sharing and making me sime sigh…

  25. Preppy 101
    July 22, 2010

    The Swedish tourism board should pay you grandly for this post. Beautiful writing as usual. I love to read your posts. xoxo

  26. Marieanne
    July 23, 2010

    Gorgeous, all of it.

  27. Caroline
    July 23, 2010

    Your words and images are stunning and evocative. Thank you.

  28. La Belette Rouge
    July 23, 2010

    I can tell you that I have NEVER appreciated a summer the way I did in Goteborg. A Swedish winter makes one REALLY appreciate the summer. And the Swedes really know how to do summer. Love this post.xo

  29. tintin
    July 23, 2010

    I'm so relaxed.

  30. glaciercountyhoney
    July 24, 2010

    Gorgeous post, Lisa – thanks for sharing such lovely photos from your trip!

  31. The Preppy Princess
    July 24, 2010

    This one is like the buffet encouraging you to take still more food… it is that scrumptious. The Royal Yacht Club description is priceless, the wee small house just the best, and the vision of slimy underwater vegetation perfect. Yummy, all of it Miss LPC, one of your best.

    I am going back to re-read it. Again.

  32. EntertainingMom
    July 25, 2010


  33. LPC
    July 25, 2010

    agirl – Thank you.

    Loretta – Yes, you guys have really had weather this summer.

    FF – I'd love to see you hit Stockholm:).

    Preppy101 – Thank you:)/

    Marieanne – Thank you very much.

    Caroline – Much appreciated.

  34. LPC
    July 25, 2010

    La Belette – My stepfather was in Goteborg for years, so I've been there. In winter….Thank you.

    Tintin – Ha!

    Glaciercounty – You are more than welcome.

    TPP – You are so kind.

    EM – Thanks!

  35. Pam
    July 26, 2010


  36. Paul
    July 29, 2010

    Some great photos you have there! What a beautiful place! Great blog — good luck!

  37. misswhistle
    February 12, 2014

    reading this again in the depths of winter makes me long for the summer sun in northern europe. this is heavenly. xo

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