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Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm December 4th 2022

A bunch of mini adventures with the family before and after our Arctic trip. We did a lot over the course of about ten days Snowstorm When I first arrived by train from Copenhagen, it was snowing. By the end of the day, it was coming down hard. We took the metro from the train station because of the slush. It was so pretty and wintry to see this on first arrival, the new fallen snow covering the trees and roofs. The kids and Aunt D went sledding that night (well, it was probably like 3pm, but it was dark). They enjoyed making snowballs. We visited the Vasa Museum the next day, walking most of the route which took about 30 minutes - the trams were shut down, so our options were limited. The kids complained, ... read more
Gamla Stan Christmas Market

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm September 7th 2022

At long last, a location which is brand new for me and two days to indulge myself to the max, in this “beauty on water” (as Stockholmers call their city) - now, where to begin? Despite the well-preserved historic core (Gamla Stan), Stockholm is the last thing from a museum piece: it’s modern, dynamic, and ever evolving. When it comes to cultural assets, this city is scandalously rich. Take Gamla Stan for instance - the city’s oldest district is the stuff of storybooks. In just this one “Old Town” you receive all free visitor gifts including a Royal palace, gabled buildings, and endless cobblestone streets. And, just for good measure, throw in world-class museums and galleries which harbor everything from glittering Viking treasures; an ill-fated warship; ABBA props and subversive contemporary art pieces. It’s hands down ... read more
Moving Equipment via water
Construction cranes everywhere
A downtown building facade

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 23rd 2022

There are many houses on the islands outside of Stockholm, though most are not main residences but are weekend or summer houses for the more wealthy Swedes. A boat trip through the archipelago is both scenic and interesting and makes for an excellent day trip from Stockholm. There are in theory plenty of options and different islands/places to visit, but as we are out of main season the number of these are reduced. Without too much fuss we settle on the trip to Sandhamn which is on one of the outer island in the northern area. The boat leaves at 10am and takes just over 2 hours to reach Sandhamn and returns at 15:30 so we have about 3 hours on the island. This looks to me to be an ideal day trip as it also ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 22nd 2022

a day at the ABBA museum in Stockholm! I have to confess I'm a bit of an Abba fan so this was top of my list of things to do in Stockholm (though we also managed some other sights). I'm worried when J tells me that no tickets are available, but turns out this was a joke. We book online (but you don't have to) and have a specific entrance time so we don't spend the whole day here but there is plenty to occupy us for a couple of hours. The museum is on Djurgarden and though not quite as central as Gamla Stan it is really only 30 minutes walk from central Stockholm station. The museum is a great mix of information and fun. There is plenty of history to read about and many ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 22nd 2022

The most visited museum in Stockholm is not the Abba museum but the "Vasa" museum. The Vasa was a 17th century Swedish warship that sank on its maiden voyage just outside Stockholm, was raised in 1961 and is now brilliantly preserved in a special museum on Djurgarden. The ship is very very impressive. I had not expected it to be so intact, particularly as over 90% of what is on display is the original ship with only a few additions (rigging , masts etc) to improve the overall appearance. This incredible condition is due mainly to the water here which being cold and polluted did not support the oxygen that would normally have caused the wood to rot. The raising of the vessel and the subsequent preservation work are also impressive achievements and are featured in ... read more

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm November 19th 2021

When my sister and I were trying to see each other after two years, initially Sweden was closed to Americans and UAE residents. The week before our Greece trip, the restrictions suddenly changed, so I decided to keep our Greece plans and go to Sweden after for a week. My sisters and I took a quick trip to Stockholm back in 2004, when our other sister was studying in Finland. We had taken the ferry from Helsinki to Talinn Estonia for a few days stay, then an overnight ferry to Stockholm for a two night stay. Our ferry crossing then was memorable in that it was very rough seas. My sister I am seeing now has notoriously horrible motion sickness and she took dramamine pretty much immediately to pass out, but my other sister and I ... read more
Skansen - workshops along street
Vasa Museum
Junibacken - Pippi's house

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 5th 2021

Death played chess already in the 15th century When we looked through our photos from last summer we noticed that we had some that were interesting enough to publish but that didn't fit well in any of the other blog entries. These random leftovers we have now put together in this blog entry. Trehörningen lake Huddinge is a city south of Stockholm and it is generally considered a part of greater Stockholm area. It makes perfect sense to say that since the Stockholm Metro system actually goes to Huddinge. In June we spent a weekend hiking and camping next to a small lake named Trehörningen just outside Huddinge. This is a place that generally only locals visit. In fact, we would not have found it without our friends who have better local knowledge than us. We ... read more
Bohus Malmön
"Footprint" in granite
Albert Engström's cottage

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
Wild Roe Deer
Tyresö Slott

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