A big, small town
My favourite thing so far about Gävle is that the town, albeit small, gives the impression of a big city. Gävle has got it goin' on, you might say!
The train station is right now the site of much reconstruction and remodelling, but if the plans I have seen are correct, it will be great when finished in fall of 2003. The station is the first thing most people see of Gävle, so, naturally, a modern, big and functional building is right to the point. It's what Gävle is all about.
The rest of the town continues in the same way. The avenues are wide, adorned with trees, the statues are numerous, as are the fountains. The river, Gavleån, that runs right through town, wide of course. (not talking Seine, but still...).
Walking around in Gävle is a great way to pass your time, especially if the weather is welcoming. There are constantly little sites to discover, and the air is mostly sea-fresh. (Exept when the wind is blowing from the direction where the paper-making factory of Skutskär lies. Then is STINKS.)
And of course, Gävle has it's own "Central Park", a huge green area centrally located called Boulognerskogen.
What else would you expect from this big, small town?
Keep the Ram Safe
I think the Ram is a great idea. I have no idea why people would try and destroy it. Except, perhaps they don't have enough sense of power or importance in their own lives. In fact we could call them impotent. Destroying a age old tradition only leaves us without another story to share and we become a world of bland people without stories or color in our lives.
Fish in the city centre!
Yes, free fishing is no problem if you wander across the city centre to the parkland along the river (Stadstrýdgýrden). Trout and salmon can be had.
If you fancy fishing in the archipelago instead, there is info on current boats at the tourist office.
Swedish Railway Museum. One of...
Swedish Railway Museum.
One of the world’s finest collections of locomotives and carriages, together with facts and articles from Sweden’s railway history, are on display at the museum. Different exhibitions and activities are organised during the year. Open throughout the year. Closed on Mondays in the winter.
My impression of the city with 90 000 inhabitants is mostly positive.
There are 10 000 students there and that makes Gavle a lively (for Swedish standards) city.
The old military area are now the high school and the buildings and sorroundings are very nice with the river running through it all.
I will write more later because I will visit Gavle often in the coming time.