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Scandinavian fall season at Göta Canal in Sweden

Autumn in Scandinavia offers colourful scenery – a proof of the significant four seasons. Photo hunting for the natural golden beauty of fall, I had another quality time with my wife in the local area around in our vacation home in Mariestad, Sweden. I had my Nokia N82 mobile phone at hand of course, and gladly share some of the fall beauty with you. In the spirit of my blog, let’s learn something from this sight seeing too:

The Göta Canal:
Build between 1810 and 1832 to facilitate the transport of good for export; it’s one of the largest civil engineering projects ever undertaken in Sweden. Its stretches from Mem at the east coast to Sjötorp on Lake Vanern:

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The canal has a length of 190 kilometres and a total of 58 locks of this distance, 87 kilometres are man made and in combination with the Trolhätta canal, the Göta Canal connects Stockholm with Gôteborg. A total of 58,000 soldiers took part in its construction:
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Throughout the 19th century the canal continued to be a very important transport route for both goods and passengers. Today it is one of Sweden’s best known tourist attractions and has been named the Swedish construction of the millennium.

Lyrestad harbour store house:
The harbour storehouse dates from the time when Lyrestad was an important transhipping centre. It is said that it was build of demolition timber from the canal labourers barracks at Norrkvarn. It was not unusual to reuse timber from the barracks which were no longer required after the canal was completed:
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Lyrestad harbour storehouse in fall.
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Lake Vänern:
The largest lake in Sweden and the third largest lake in Europe, located in the provinces of Västergötland, Dalsland, and Värmland. It covers an area of 5,655 km², located at 44 m above sea level and is on average 27 m deep and the maximum depth is 106 m. Basically all common fresh water fish are found in Lake Vänern. Our vacation home town, Mariestad, is call the Pearl of Lake Vänern – here is one of the reasons why:
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Ekudden beach at Lake Vänern in Fall
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I feel a special attachment to this last beach on Vänern. Today we were discussing how we have had all our loved ones at this beach, throughout all the seasons of the year. We have walked on the ice in winter, taken early spring picnics, swimming in the middle of summer and enjoy the fiery colour of fall. Season after season year after year we come back to this spot for peace and tranquillity. That is what enjoying the four seasons and the nature is all about, the possibility of embracing it all in the company of the people you most enjoy being with.

I told you this was a quality time together with my wife. Go and see the results from DianeCA’s photo hunt!

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  1. Gorgeous Fall pictures, Renny! I’m a little jealous as our leaves are just beginning to blush with a little color. Shouldn’t be long now before our trees are as pretty as yours!

    Have a great Sunday, my friend. :-)’

    Love and hugs,


  2. Chance you have to have a such marvelous automn landscape!!! Here all is green still! Sounds we are still in summer. I love the yellow trees i see on your pictures and imagine the landscape Anaïs admire in Finland could be a little the same one. The sand or the ground around the lake in the last pictures seems pink!
    Since i know you prepare the gathering in Norway I am like in a dream!!! And more I read you more I realise The world becomes smaller for Pierre and me!!! Meeting the blogfriends coming from all around the world!!! Incredible!

  3. Yes this is beautiful. Love the colors of autumn as well. And yes I did read your post but had to go, so now I’m back for more. I do remember those locks from previous posts. :-)

  4. Your leaves are much prettier than ours Renny… great post as always…and lovely photography,

    have a wonderful week
    Love, Jess

  5. Beautiful colors! I have just posted an article with pictures on Canada’s similar Fall colors.

    I can see we are both lucky to experience such a scenery!

  6. You have caught the season very well – the colours of the trees, the sky, the very special light that plays on all structures – everything.

  7. Hi Renny..thanks a lot for the invitation. I am very interested to join your project..i hope that everything will materialize in August as Oslo is one of the cities I am planning to visit in Europe! thanks a lot and take care!

  8. Hi Renny,

    Oh my God: the Lyrestad habour is magnificent (I love its colour).
    Awww…Lake Vänern is so magical! Look at those golden leaves, reflecting on the water and all…beautiful!!

    I love the way you invest time in spending quality time with your wife and your family: there is nothing better than family :D! I bless your love, Renny!

    Thanks for this delight!


  9. Ah… yes, the Scandinavian beauty…. I never get tired of seeing it, though this year we’re lucky with not so cloudy or rainy weather so we really can enjoy the colors.

    I remember the amazing Göta kanal very well and now you reminded me that I’ve never got around to write about our trip there in our blog… So many trips I’ve not written about yet. It’s a pity that I can’t kick my own butt to get going…. *giggles*

  10. The colour combinations in nature are always fascinating and this red autumn flavor is awesome indeed. I am also glad that the architect who built up “Lyrestad harbour storehouse” had coloured it to match with nature at this time.

  11. I love those beautiful red houses by the lake. Do you own one?

    No, would have loved to own one, but I don’t. Our vacation home is a “apartment-condominium”.

  12. Oh my dear, you are bringing us along memory-lane here.
    You have hosted us several time in Mariestad and brought us around in this wonderful and historic area in mid-Sweden.

    Looking forward to our next visit;-)))

  13. Your reflection photos are stunning! We are still in summer here so I’ll have to virtually enjoy autumn. Thank you for helping :)

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