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Published: June 13th 2017
We awoke this morning to some very gloomy skies. Of course, while traveling you can't really let this slow you down so we put on our warmest attire and walked over to the nearby grocery store to buy each of ourselves a cheap umbrella for the day. With umbrellas in hand, we caught the Metro over to Stockholm's Central Station and made the short walk in the rain over to Stockholm's City Hall. We explored the grounds for a bit and decided that we would ascend the City Hall Tower for great albeit cloudy views over Stockholm. While waiting for our 10:00 time to ascend the tower, we explored the waterfront and the surrounding gardens. I chose to take the steps up the tower instead of the elevator and about halfway through the ascent, we were greeted with a collections of busts and statues including a huge statue of St. Erik, the patron saint of Stockholm. Finally arriving at the top of the tower, we had gorgeous but cloudy and drizzly views over Stockholm. We descended the tower and backtracked back towards Stockholm's Central Station where we went into a McDonald's mainly to dry off and use the restroom. However, since
we were here, we might as well grab a quick bite to eat. With the rain starting to increase, we just wandered around the streets of the Normaalm area checking out the shops of this bustling shopping district. We were heading towards Nybroviken with the hopes of catching a water taxi or ferry over to Djurgarden to check out the Vasa Museum. After we had walked around for what seemed forever, we finally made to the waterfront only to find out that none of the ferrys stopped at Djurgarden. With nothing else really planned to do, we decided to just get on the next ferry and see where it would take us. For the next hour and a half, we just sat on the ferry and enjoyed the scenery of being out on the water in Stockholm as the ferry made various stops throughout the inner archipelago. Eventually the ferry started making it's way back towards Stockholm and when it stopped near the Grona Lund amusement park, we decided to disembark and walk towards the Vasa Museum. On our way there, we stopped at the Abba Museum where we checked out the gift shop. However, with none of us being
big fans of Abba, we kept our visit to just the gift shop. Cutting through a park, we walked through a cemetery before making our way to the Vasa Museum. The centerpiece of this museum is the warship named Vasa which sank approximately 20 minutes after it's maiden voyage back in 1628. The ship is beautifully restored with about 95% of the wood being original. Walking around the ship, we admired all the detail but I was getting rather sleepy and feeling low energy so I was a bit eager to just return to the hotel for a quick nap. For dinner tonight, we took the easy touristy way out by dining at a nearby Hard Rock Cafe before calling it an early night.
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