It is around 10PM and the light in Vadstena burns as though it’s 5PM. The sun seemingly is trying to set, but it appears Vättern Lake just won’t allow the ball of fire to dip below its surface. It is not time for bed just yet in this quiet Swedish town.
What struck me about Vadstena was the light, bouncing through the trees to the lake or cascading across the cobbled lanes and wooden buildings. The town itself is a pilgrimage site for many. Santa Birgitta carries about town just as the light does. The Klosterkyrkan, Vadstena’s church, was built in response to the saint’s visions.
Others not interested in being pilgrims take advantage of the little shops in town and of course, a good gander at the Vadstena Slott. The massive and mighty Renaissance castle was originally a family project of early Vasa kings. Today, it carries the light of Vadstena as a moat continues to protect the structure from harm. Even beer in Vadstena would be sipped in a wine glass. The colors yet again reflect the town’s knack for lighting.
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