2nd walk in Finspång
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
20Trip End Jun 28, 2012
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Meanwhile, Lillemor was busy preparing a midmorning treat of pineapple pie with ice cream and coffee, which we enjoyed in their delightfully decorated backyard upon our return. The warmth and hospitality of these new walking friends from Finspång is one of the highlights of the trip so far.
After the pie, Åka demonstrated an isometrics exercise program he's developed for people with restricted mobility
We arrived later this afternoon in Stockholm, where we checked into our hotel strategically situated about a 10 min. walk down a pedestrian zone to Gamlastan, the oldest part of Stockholm. Sue and I met those who wanted a brief orientation of this 800-year-old neighborhood of the city, and started a walk that was interrupted a couple of times by pretty heavy showers.
Gamlastan is the site of the Royal Palace, with 608 rooms, intentionally built with one more than Buckingham Palace! It’s also the site of the 16th century Stockholm Bloodbath, a particularly dark chapter in the centuries-long conflict between Denmark and Sweden that involved revolt, betrayal, and execution of about 90 of Sweden’s most influential nobles. Fortunately, the feuding Scandinavia brother nations have mended their fences and get along well today. Mostly, however, it's a fun place to explore with its narrow cobblestone lanes and abundance of shops and cafes.
The rain stopped in time for an evening boating excursion on this “Venice of the North”. Several of us enjoyed the Royal Canal Cruise past many of the points of interest on some of the 14 islands on which the city is built. Tomorrow, we plan to walk in some of these same areas with the local walking club, then cruise by ferry through the Stockholm Archipelago towards Finland.