Europe's Country Roads
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Who Want to Lose the Crowds and Have Unique Travel Experiences
The people you meet, not the sights you see, create unforgettable travel memories.
Consider these Country Road Swedish Sights
While in Dalarna Province in central Sweden, don't miss a tour of a factory that makes the red Dalarna Horse (sometimes in black or white). Visitors to IKEA stores in the US will immediately recognize this red wooden horse as a symbol of Sweden even though it originated as a symbol of Dalarna. The factory we visited was in Nusnäs just SE of Mora. The tour takes you through every step of the process from cutting rough figure on a bandsaw, to hand-carving, to painting the red body, to hand painting the intricate designs. And, of course, the tour ends with a visit to the well-stocked gift shop.
Visiting Carl Larsson's house in Sundborn is a must-see stop for every traveler to Sweden. Larsson (1853-1919) was a painter in the arts and craft movement. His most famous paintings, in my opinion, are his paintings of his family in and around his house. Thus, visiting his home is like being present in his paintings. No photos are allowed inside the house, but if you take a look at some of the attached photos of his paintings, you will get an idea of his home and his family in the late 1800s and early 1900s in Sweden.