Saturday, July 6, 2013

From Stockholm to Malmo and beyond

This picture of the beautiful sunset was taken on the train crossing the ocean from Malmo, Sweden to Copenhagen.  We traveled from Stockholm to Copenhagen in a five hour trip, arriving in Copenhagen, Denmark about 6 pm.  The trains are comfortable and roomy.  You can bring your own snacks or purchase a few in one of the compartments.  We enjoyed a lot of beautiful scenery, a good time to chat with each other and other passengers.

After arriving in Copenhagen and finding our room (pictured below), we took off the next morning back to Malmo and the surrounding towns where the Carlson family lived hundreds of years ago.  I wanted to go to the individual towns and visit the churches and do a little genealogy, but time was so limited and we ended up taking a train from Malmo to Helsingborg and back, making a stop in Landskrona, midway.
I have put together a book of the trip, where a map shows each little town, about sixteen, all located around Landskrona, where our ancestors lived.  In the book, each town's church is pictured, and I have added the names of our ancestors who were born, married or died there.  I think it is a good way to keep track of the events and those people who were our ancestors.
 In Malmo, we started out at the information office outside the train terminal (pictured above).  They were very helpful.  The Swedish archives were located about a 15 minute walk from there where we might have found out more, but we decided to get on the train and take a look at the area and try to get to the little towns.  Unfortunately, we we didn't see the towns up close except for Landskrona, where we tried to get around, but without a car we needed to take the buses, and no one, although they wanted to help, seemed to know where the little town of Saby was located, even though it showed on the map to be just outside of Landskrona.  We found an area called Sabyhoms with this street sign on the outskirts of town, but I believe the Saby we were looking for was still beyond and we had no way or time to get there.

 This is the Landkrona train station.  It was a cloudy day and frightfully cold.  We found some lunch in the grocery store next to the station, warmed ourselves and waited for a bus.  The grocery store was fun to see.  They carried about everything, like a Target, but had a large section for food, and a huge display of danishes, cookies and cakes (always a big fascination to me).
 The next day we traveled to Odense by train to find Andrea's family ancestors.  This was in the opposite direction from Malmo.  When we arrived it was snowing and very cold.  But the sun came out shortly and it was a beautiful day.  This church was one of many in Odense, but I love how this picture turned out.  We didn't travel much in Odense, but went to the Archives where Andrea found some helpful info.
This is me sitting on my twin bed, with the down comforter on Andrea's bed, but folded up on mine.

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