Blogs from Stockholm County, Sweden, Europe


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

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

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

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 23rd 2019

Today has been mostly a travel day. I flew from Copenhagen to Stockholm. I intended to spend most of the afternoon sightseeing in Stockholm, but flight delays and the fact that I’m still not 100% resulted in a day off. I was able to get things arranged so that I can hit the ground running tomorrow. I hope I am feeling up to it!... read more

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm August 15th 2019

Today started with a 4 hours train journey to Stockholm and a 3 night stay at the Hotel Lilla Radmannen. After check-in & lunch we headed out for a brief orientation walk around the medieval city that is arguably Scandinavia's most beautiful city. Gamla Stan, (or Old Town), is one of 14 islands that makes up the city & is its vibrant heart due to its historic architecture, narrow cobblestoned streets & home of the Royal Palace. However being expensive & crowded with tourists we had dinner & drinks in the emerging Sodermalm district. Next day the girls went to the ABBA museum & had a really good time while I visited a number of Stockholm’s underground stations. The subway (Tunnelbana) system of 100 stations is huge for a city of less than 1 mil & ... read more
Riddar Holms kyrkan .
Entrance Arch to pedestrian walk
Typical Street scene

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

Je volerai de Dublin à Stockholm. Je voudrai rester dans un hôtel classique. La nourriture est chic et je essayerai de le manger. Je voudrai visiter le Musée Vasa et Monteliusvagen. Je verrai la Vieille Ville de Stockholm et le Palais de Stockholm.... read more
La Vieille Ville de Stockholm
Le Palais de Stockholm

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County » Stockholm May 24th 2019

Het was Erik en mij gelukt om 5 weken verlof te krijgen om onze dromen in het Noorden te verwezenlijken. Buiten het weer gerekend natuurlijk…. Op 24 mei 2019 vertrokken we richting Duitsland, na een koffietje samen met Enya en Rob die ons uitzwaaiden. De files werkten niet erg mee, zowel in Nederland als Duitsland. Toch bereikten we onze eerste ferry van Puttgarden naar Rodby, Denemarken, nog dezelfde avond. Met een groene Nele als gevolg. Duidelijk nog wat oefening nodig met boten… We sliepen op een kleine parking 20min van Rodby vandaan. Op sommige camperplaatsen is inbraak en diefstal veel voorkomend, dus oppassen voor degene die deze tocht aanvangen. We kozen voor de snelste tocht naar Lofoten (Noorwegen) via Zweden. Dus de volgende dag passeerden we de mooie stad Stockholm met geen enkele file. Zalig! Op ... read more
Zweden 80km

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County May 14th 2019

After thirty-six hours of cruising on the Baltic Sea from Copenhagen, we docked in Stockholm this morning shortly before 9 AM. It has been surprisingly smooth sailing thus far, with sea conditions calm. When we docked, the air temperature was 33 degrees, but it rose to a balmy 60 degrees by mid-day, with clear blue skies and sunshine the order of the day. We had booked an excursion, "Stockholm On Your Own", which provided bus transportation to three separate locations in the city, where participants were free to visit what they wished independently. It seemed like a flexible approach, but as it turned out, there were simply too many sights and too little time devoted to each location. As a result, we came away from today's experience both frustrated and a little disappointed. The first stop ... read more
Vasa Museum
Swedish Parliament
Västerlånggatan, Gamla stan

Europe » Sweden » Stockholm County May 12th 2019

The temperature in Copenhagen was a chilly 42 degrees early this morning as we finished packing for our departure. A taxi met us at 11:00 AM, and by noon we had finished the check-in formalities at the port and boarded our ship, the Serenade of the Seas. We ate lunch, poked around the ship, and shortly after the perfunctory emergency procedures drill the ship weighed anchor at 5:00 PM, while we were having drinks and listening to some reggae music. Serenade of the Seas, in service since 2003, is owned and operated by Royal Caribbean International cruise line. Powered by two gas turbines, she is 965 ft long, 106 ft wide, and has a cruising speed of 25 knots. There are 12 passenger decks, serviced by 9 passenger elevators (6 of which are glass and either ... read more
Baltic Sea map
Serenade of the Seas
Preparing to board

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