Once we arrived in Stockholm we checked into our centrally located hotel, Frey's Hotel, and purchased our Stockholm cards from the front desk.We could use these cards for public transportation, enter most museums, and do some sightseeing things like a harbor tour. If traveling to Stockholm, we'd highly recommend them if you want to do a lot of sightseeing. Our hotel with good service, 300+ beers at the restaurant and great location, was spectacular as well.
So, we put our cards to work exploring the city. Our first day stops included the Vasa Museum, the Nordic Museum, a harbor tour, and a walking tour of Gamla Stan (Old Town) lead by our friend Rick. Who is Rick? Emily and David checked out the Rick Steves Scandinavia book and brought it along. Rick helped guide us to places and quickly became a resourceful travel companion. While exploring all these places we soaked up the nice cool (relatively speaking with highs around 80) weather and quickly fell in love with Stockholm.
|Outside The Nordic Museum|
|Emily & David in front of the impressive 1628 Warship: Vasa. It was raised from the sea and salvaged in 1961.|
|Impressive wood work. They think that all the details were painted with bright colors.|
|Alleys of Gamla Stan.|
|We saw the pattern on the left painted in an 100+ year old farmstead house in Skansen. The pattern on the right was the wallpaper in our hotel room. It was neat to see the similarities in design across time.|
|Skansen Open Air Museum. Yes, that is a lemur in the bottom left corner. There was a small zoo on the grounds as well . We took the old tram in the middle back to our hotel.|
|We headed to Gamla Stan for our last dinner and enjoyed the beautiful views of the city on the way home.|
|Emily and David brought me Swedish Fish from the US. I felt it appropriate to take a photo with them in their homeland.|
|Changing of the guard.|
|Emily in Gamla Stan. Good bye Sweden!|
|Scenes captured from the boat.|