City of Islands
Trip Start Nov 01, 2006
168Trip End Oct 15, 2008
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Stockholm is a beautiful city; it is set over 15 islands each with their own individual feel and look. The water ways and the elegant old buildings mixed with rock cliff faces and trees make this the best looking capital I have seen. The Camp site we stayed at was 10kms out, so we caught the metro in each day. One the first day the sun was shinning it was warmish so armed with just a small jacket we headed in. By the time we got off the metro, it was raining/hailing cold and windy, great. Actually it stayed like this most of our stay in Stockholm.
We had read about the elaborate changing of the guard ceremony that took place everyday and wanted to check it out. It takes place in the palace court yard on the island of Gamla Stan, the oldest and prettiest, building wise
The Band was very good, but no better then our full timers I would think. The funniest thing about the whole thing was what we called the dresser boy and girl. Those of you not in the army might not find this so amusing, but it seems it was tasked to two junior ranked soldiers to make sure that the solders on parade were dressed properly. So once they had been lined up, the dresser boy and girl came running on from the side and started to work their way down the ranks fixing up there coats, belts hats, polishing their shoes, anything! It was hilarious!
As it was so cold, 8 degrees I think, we went for a hot chocolate to warm up. We then filled in the next day and a half doing our usual wander around the city thing
The ferry for Estonia left at 6pm, and traveled over the Baltic Sea for 15hrs until it hit Tallinn. We thought we were getting a big car ferry and would be spending the night in a food court on uncomfortable seats not getting much sleep. As it turns out, it was more like a cruise liner! We had our own little room with shower, and were able to partake in a pub, disco, multiple restaurants shopping centre and a nightclub/casino! We realized why our room was a cheaper one at about 11pm when the night club music started pumping through the floor of our room, oh well.
We had a big buffet dinner, and ate a whole heap of prawns and smoked salmon and enjoyed a few Saku, Estonian beer. It was a nice and unexpected part of our journey, but means we will be spending a few weeks trying to catch up with the money. I was really looking forward to getting a boat around Stockholm, but I am glad we didn't now, as the cruise ship traveled through the Stockholm archipelago anyway, this was very beautiful, thousands of tiny islands dotted with huge houses set on clear water.
Miles so far: 3329