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Published: February 22nd 2012
Today was our last day in Sweden, so we decided to make the most of it before jetting back to London. Our first stop of the day was the Vasa Museum, which is a museum built over top of an old graving dock. In 1628, the Vasa was launched. She was the pride of the Swedish Navy, featuring 64 guns and amazingly ornate sculptures. Unfortunately, the designers didn't quite get the stability analysis right, and she capsized about 20 minutes into her maiden voyage. She was still in the harbour!
Attempts were made to recover the 69 metre long ship, but at the time, there was no way to lift such a big heavy object from the bottom of the ocean. Since the Vasa sunk in the harbour, her masts were actually sticking up above the surface. Once many of the objects had been recovered from the wreck, the masts were cut off so as to not impede navigation. The Vasa was soon to be forgotten - and not discovered again until the twentieth century.
In 1961, 333 years after sinking, the Vasa was rediscovered and eventually raised to the surface. After 17 years of restoration, the ship was
This is the ship that sank in the harbour on her maiden voyage. Turns out, they didn't know that much about stability back in the early 17th century.
opened to the public in the Vasa museum.
After our visit to the museum, we had to hurry back to central Stockholm to catch a bus back to the airport. (On our way to the bus station we saw a sign for the bus to Ikea - we realized then that we had not yet seen an Ikea, which seemed a bit odd. As it turned out, we ended up seeing the Ikea on the bus out of town, but it wasn't even blue!) We decided to go the airport a bit early because it is in a town called Nyköping that we thought would be neat to check out. So, once we got to the airport, we hopped on a city bus into Nyköping town centre and began to explore there.
Nyköping is a nice town - but it was very quiet on the Sunday afternoon. Most of the shops were closed, so we actually had a bit of a tough time finding some dinner. Eventually we settled on basically the only thing that was available... pizza. The shop owner didn't speak English, so we just selected a couple of pizza's that sounded tasty based on their
The stern of the ship. All of these statues were at one time painted to show off the status of the King.
names. We ordered two, because we thought that they were personal sized pizzas - afterall, they were only £7 each, which by Swedish standards is cheap for anything. As it turned out, the pizzas were HUGE, and used some interesting ingredients! Check out the pictures for details. The Tropicana pizza was quite tasty, despite featuring bananas. The Batman pizza wasn't great - and I'm sure the garlicy/oniony breath we were left with made the plane ride a little uncomfortable for the poor chap sitting next to us!
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