The tour bus stopped in Vatta, a small village overlooking Lake Vattern in southern Sweden, to let us check out the polkagris candy shop (more on that later). I headed into the village to stretch my legs and get these photos:
This "Falu" red is the most popular color for Swedish country houses and cottages. Used for centuries on wooden houses when people couldn't afford brick. The color comes from its copper, iron, and zinc additives.
After red, this mustardy yellow is the next popular color, especially on stucco.
Neat red-tile roof cottage with Lake Vattern for a view. European style of parking in front of house.
Wow! These colors say vacation home. Plenty of high windows to see the lake and bold contrast trim.
Loved the small neat cottage with wild garden, lake views, and red tiled roof.
Now about polkagris. Here's the candymaking shop in Vatta where our tour bus stopped to let us satisfy our sweet tooth with this century old Swedish candy.
Polkagris is named for the twisting polka dance because the ropes of red and white spun sugar are twisted together to make the candy canes. "Gris" is Swedish for "pig" and Swedes often add this to a name to be funny. Here's the many varieties of polkagris. Incidentally, it's pronounced like "polka grease" in English. . .
I didn't try it because it didn't come chocolate covered! Besides, enjoyed getting photos of typical Swedish homes instead.
- Recent retiree--35 year's experience teaching reading, English, adult basic education and volunteer leadership skills. Started this blog to exchange ideas and commentary with friends and others having an interest in joining the discussions. Greatest life accomplishments include: 1.organized my 3rd grade class to check out library books for me to get around librarian's weekly limit--Amazon.com, the Mullins Elementary 3rd Grade Class of 1956 is still waiting for "thank you" notes; 2. volunteered in the Peace Corps, island of St. Kitts, West Indies; 3.taught adults to read, earn their GEDs., and speak English as a second language; 4. bought a border collie puppy for $6, got evicted rather than give him up, and began a life-long love affair with all things "Dog"; 5. joined a physical fitness boot camp in my mid-50s--don't mess with someone who's been doing regulation pushups in wet grass at 5:30 a.m.; 6. walked across Northern England with best friend Sally--over 80 miles from the Irish to North Seas; and 7. travelled to many foreign countries for pleasure and work.