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Published: July 29th 2017
Swedish chocolate bars
Saturday day in Sweden is known as Sweets Saturday and the candy stores and candy aisles of grocery stores were absolutely packed with people stocking up!
What a fabulous and exhausting day! After some rearranging of the bikes (there are about 8 bikes to choose from), I chose a different bike today which has no basket but more gears, bigger tires and a smaller seat. It was a better choice! Rachel also swapped hers for a bigger bike (her last one was just too small) and her new one has a basket. She likes her new one better too so I think we now have the bikes sorted. Nigel also felt more confident with the bike trails. So, we headed off and the trail route we took was great. The bike network here is comparable to what we experienced in the Netherlands. One difference is that the lights for the bike trails in Netherlands were actually little bikes that lit up red, yellow and green. Here the bike trails still have their own lights, just not shaped as bikes. Also, the biggest difference is that in the Netherlands, it was mostly flat. Here it is mostly hilly. Not too much flat. I ride at the back behind Rachel and by the end of the day, when we get to another hill, there is quite a bit of
The Robertson's always love a good fart sign. We figure fart means exit (like when we were in Germany) and we have seen fart signs everywhere here too!
groaning, moaning, and "Oh god, I can't do it...". But she did just fine and managed to keep up for the whole 5 hours. Our first stop on the "Nigel's Guided Tour of Stockholm by Bike", was Fafangan. This was a lookout point so we biked to where the stairs started and walked up the many flights to get to the top. From up there, you look down on the massive cruise boats that are docked there (Viking Cruise line was one) as well as Stockholm and the Old Town. Back down the stairs, and back on bikes. Next stop was Vitabergsparken which was a quaint park in the middle of the city. On to the Old Town where we parked and locked up our bikes for a while and walked around the cobbled pedestrian streets. We did some shopping and saw the Royal Palace from outside (we will tour it another day). Old Town is packed with tourists who seem unaware of the road rules around biking and seem to wander aimlessly into bike lanes constantly. Back to the bikes and on to Sergerls Torg which is a pedestrian square. Not much to see there really so on to
Bike lane signage
This sign shows that bikes stay on the left of the line but go in both directions. Normally there is another sign on the right side of the line that indicates it is for pedestrians. Other bike lanes are only one way for bikes.
the next sight which was Montelius. This is another lookout point high up and overlooking Old Town of Stockholm. We were able to bike to the top which was good (not for Rachel) and the view from up there was spectacular. There is a bit of a walk along the top with lots of spots for taking photos. Back on the bikes and heading home now. We are all weary but had a great day. Sitting down on the back patio now and eating what we have come to call "squeeze meat" which is the tubes of "stuff" that you squeeze out onto either Wassa bread or crisp bread. Does it really matter what it is? You get to squeeze it!
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