Using my monthly Stockholm public transport season ticket, I can take a ferry from Gamla Stan, the Old Town of Stockholm, over to the Gröna Lund Funfair. The journey only takes about 15 minutes, but there is something rather magical about it, especially if I am making the journey in the early evening to see a gig.
And every summer they have some marvellous gigs.
Madness, Patti Smith, Lady Gaga, Veronica Maggio, Jimi Hendrix, Ry Cooder, Bob Marley and the Wailers… to name just a few past triumphs.
Leaving the stately buildings of the Old Town and sailing towards those flashing funfair lights with a boat full of people who are all psyched up for a great evening is a thrill.
Of course, I could take a far larger boat, sail eastwards all night and wake up in Helsinki. With the Stockholm archipelago to enjoy during the first part of the journey and its Finnish counterpart on the other side of the Baltic.
In this thread I would like to hear about ferry rides. Mundane, extraordinary, exotic, hilarious, terrifying…..
Journeys that you do every day. Trips that you did once that have left a great impression on you. Or voyages that you dream of doing once you have won the lottery.
The journey time can be anything from five minutes to five hours to five months.
Other than Greta Thunberg, there are not many people who take a boat across the Atlantic these days. Maybe that is about to change? Maybe there are some here who have sailed across the Atlantic?
Please also tell us about a favourite journey down a river. Or across a lake.
That @ColinH has got me seriously inspired! I just have to get hold of a ticket to Wrangel Island!
I was delighted to discover that Pat Metheny has done a Gerry ad the Pacemakers cover
Anyway, I did my homework after my Slow Boat thread. I discovered that I can take a ferry from Aberdeen and 12 hours later I can wake up as we sail into Lerwick on Shetland. Only to find DCI Jimmy Perez and DS Alison “Tosh” MacIntosh, waiting to ask me a few questions….