This morning, after breakfast I went up on deck to photograph our passage through the Stockholm Archipelago, a series of islands leading to the City and Harbor of Stockholm. It was a clear day so the views were very good and fascinating to see. It was the first time I discovered I could look over the railing and see the bridge on both sides of the ship! After we were on our excursion coach (the new gold model), I could look up and see the bridge from the dock.
Our guide decided to take us to see the Vasa Museum first, to hopefully avoid the crowd of tourists in the afternoon. The warship Vasa was ordered to be built by King Gustavus Adolphus from 1626 - 1628.The ship foundered and sank after sailing less than a nautical mile into its maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. After 300 years the ship was raised, salvaged and preserved. The ship is one of Sweden's most popular tourist attractions and since 1961, has attracted more than 28 million visitors.
We continued on our coach tour of Stockholm. We see the Royal Castle, cathedral, and City Hall with its famous Blue Hall and
Golden Hall. This is where the Nobel Banquet is held on December 10th every year. We continue on to Old Town where we have a few minutes to explore the Old Town square before entering our restaurant for Lunch.
After lunch we went to Drottningholm Palace which has been a Royal residence for hundreds of years. The Palace was built by the order of Queen Hedvig Eleonora after the old Palace burnt down. The unique Baroque garden is typical for its period - symmetrical and perfect. We also entered the cathedral and saw the statue of St. George slaying the dragon - a spectacular sight. We made our way back to the ship for dinner, rest and sleep
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