The first stop during my road trip was in Kalmar. It seems that I have not only traveled quite the distance but that I have also time traveled.
The history of Kalmar castle can be traced back to the 12th century, but it seems that I have traveled into the 16th century – when the medieval castle was redesigned to adopt Renaissance fashions, thus giving its current design.
As I was wandering the castle my imagination went wild. I imagined what life at Kalmar castle would have been like during the different centuries that it was actively being used. What scandals, intrigues and drama took place there? Did I mention that they had/have a dungeon?
The interiors featured beautifully preserved frescos.
Sparse interiors remain but there were still stunningly large and ornate tapestries, as well as portraits to be seen.
I now have some new ideas on how to accessorize a dining table. If only I knew where to get a beautiful peacock and swan to help decorate my own.
Detail of an interior ceiling.
The intimate and oh so charming chapel.
Decorated archway/tunnel as seen in the castle courtyard.