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Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County June 10th 2020

It is strange that we, generally, do not appreciate beauty near us and try hard to find it in far away places. Living in Stockholm, which is a beautiful city, I always craved to visit other countries in Europe. Even a long weekend meant visiting some other country, never thought of exploring Stockholm and the places around Stockholm. Due to quarantine, when travelling abroad is not a good idea,I thought "why not explore the beautiful places nearby, which I generally do not appreciate much" That thought made me look for places near me which are beautiful and I came across a name that I had heard so many times, but never ever thought of visiting.... So, just went to spend the day strolling through Nynäshamn and it was,indeed, such a beautiful cozy place.. Nynäshamn is a ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County May 11th 2020

Yes I bought a Swedish phrase book before I arrived. Luckily the Swedes were spared my bravely spewed bits of Swedish as most Scandinavians speak English very well. I remember asking two motorcyclists stopped at a traffic light for directions back to our hotel when the Gamla Stan exit dumped us in a part of town I was unfamiliar. They were so helpful and friendly, addressed me in perfect English, showed interest in my holiday experience there, and my travel companions didn't want me to ask. Our hotel is a bit of a letdown compared with the Royal Christiana in Oslo. This could be her plain-Jane sister, the Scandic Anglais. Our room overlooks an air shaft and has a rather dismal air. Don't let that deter you. To be fair it has been nicely renovated since ... read more
Gamla Stan - Old Town - Stockholm
Gamla Stan street
Stockholm Multiple Images

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Tyresö February 19th 2020

Dear All Greetings! This is my third and final blog entry for my wonderful mini mid-winter trip to Sweden in February. So far I have written about my explorations in Stockholm and nearby Uppsala. In this one I plan to relate my amazing final full day in the country, taking in some seriously beautiful places of nature around the capital, as well as the day of my journey home on the Thursday of half-term week. As I mentioned in my first blog entry, the trip there was a little stressful to say the least. I must admit, I did spend a bit of time on my trip wondering how my return journey would go, half-expecting my flight again to be cancelled, but in the end it wasn’t, and the return journey went just swimmingly, thank goodness! ... read more
Tyresö
Wild Roe Deer
Tyresö Slott

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm February 17th 2020

Dear All Greetings from London, towards the end of another February half-term, and just after another wonderful mid-winter mini-break. Since Denmark this time last year, I have been continuing with the Scandinavia theme for my February trip, mainly for my sheer recent fascination with this region of the world: its history, beauty and people. Whilst Denmark last year was a lovely little trip, my mini trip this year to Sweden has to be one of my most enjoyable trips – short, but incredibly stunning and sweet. I really did thoroughly enjoy every moment of my time in this stunningly beautiful country. On Sunday I was due to fly to Stockholm, where I booked myself into a lovely little apartment attached to the house of a Finno-Swedish family in the suburbs of Stockholm, which was to be ... read more
Swedish Royal Guard, Kungliga Slottet, Royal Palace
Swedish Souvenirs
Evert Taube statue and Stadshuset, City Hall

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm November 16th 2019

Lauantaina ohjelmassa oli satunnaista ajelua joukkoliikenteellä. Kävin katsomassa Solnaa. Poikkesin arkkitehtuurimuseossa.... read more
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Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm November 15th 2019

Pidennetty viikonloppu Tukholmassa, torstaista sunnuntaihin, suorat lennot Pirkkalasta. Ensimmäisen päivän ohjelmassa oli käynti ABBA-museossa. Minähän olin käynyt siellä jo aiemmin, mutta nähtävää riitti toisellakin kerralla. Museon jälkeen kiertelen kaupungilla, kävin katsomassa sattumalta pääkirjastoakin.... read more
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Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm September 30th 2019

On the train, two backpackers try to evade the conductor as they have not paid for a ticket. They are put off quietly at the next stop. Waking up in Stockholm, SWEDEN, we walk to the 13th century medieval city of Gamla Stan within the old town. The cobble-stone streets also lead to the Royal Palace where the King resides, and you can view the apartments and Royal treasures. The ethereal paintings on the ceilings are exquisite. Hand in hand we stroll through Kungstradgarden park, right beside the street named Brigitte Nielsen who was a Danish actress once married to Sylvester Stallone. A coffee tram rumbles past with a giant coffee cup on the roof. For supper, it is off to a sushi place, and it is the best we have ever had. How strange, fabulous ... read more
Outside the Palace
The Palace Chapel
The Palace Chapel

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 26th 2019

This was my last day in Sweden. Last night I took a photo of the view from my hotel window. (That’s the Stockholm City Hall on the right.) I started this morning by walking to City Hall where I intended to take a tour. That didn’t work out because of the large number of other tourists. All the slots for tours for the morning were already booked. Oh well. I enjoyed sitting in the courtyard and sipping my morning coffee. I spent the afternoon at the Nordic Museum which is devoted to five centuries of Swedish lifestyles. It was more interesting than it sounds! If Skansen (yesterday) was like Greenfield Village, then this museum is similar to a small-scale Henry Ford Museum. It displays Swedish house furnishings such as clocks, beds, chairs, toys, etc. But it ... read more
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Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 25th 2019

Today was a better day. I’m not completely back to normal, but I’m good enough to do some serious sightseeing. Today I toured the two sights I was most interested in seeing in Stockholm: the Vasa Museum and Skansen. The first is an indoor museum dedicated to the 17th century warship Vasathatsank on its maiden voyage and was then recovered 333 years later in the 1960s. It is in remarkably good condition - something to do with the brackishness of the water in the Baltic Sea. I was prepared to be impressed and I was. The museum made the clever choice of making the main floor of the museum be the waterline (rather than deck level), so the ship towers over you as you enter. It sank because of poor design - it was top heavy ... read more
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Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 24th 2019

Unfortunately I did not “hit the ground running” this morning. I’m still feeling poorly so I didn’t follow the itinerary I had planned. Instead I saw other sights around town and I was able to get a fair amount of sightseeing accomplished. To start, I followed Rick Steves’s walking tour of Old Stockholm which includes the Royal Palace. I snapped a photo of the palace (on the right), the cathedral (in the back), and a statue of a king of Sweden on his horse in the middle. Later there was a changing of the guard that was fairly impressive and included a marching band. The Nobel Museum is nearby and I toured that. Martin Luther King was the person featured and it was interesting to see the displays about him and his life. Later in the ... read more
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