Sightseeing Stockholm

Trip Start Jul 26, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Maria's apartment

Flag of Sweden  , Stockholm,
Thursday, July 29, 2010

27/07/10 - Another long day
After arriving in Stockholm from the fastest train i’ve ever been on, we met up Emma (a friend of Maria’s whose apartment we would be house sitting for the next 4 days).
After unpacking and taking a much needed shower and a brief rest, we headed back into Stockholm for lunch and a bit of sightseeing. First of all, I was amazed by the amount of people... if you could imagine Queen Street Mall in Brisbane you’ll have an idea of just how many people there is and all of different nationalities (Stockholm is a prime destination for many during summer). Next, I was amazed by the architecture particularly with the churches, the similarity between the churches around Stockholm and the many that i'd already climbed in 'Assassins Creed II' was uncanny. Our first sightseeing (apart from the train station and cafe where we at lunch) was Gamla Stan (translated to ‘Old Town’). Gamla Stan is one of the 14 islands that make up Stockholm with its major tourist attraction being the Royal Palace, the second tourist attraction would be of all the many tiny cobblestone paved alleyways... today we explored these. To finish of the day, Bec and I sat for drink to wind down after a very, very long day and I was became fascinated by how cars, cyclists and pedestrians co-exist on the streets with each giving way to the other depending on who was game enough to enter the intersection first.

28/07/10 - Like riding a bike
Back in Gamla Stan we and were lucky enough to get on a guided bike tour around Stockholm which took about 2 hours and covered many of the islands of Stockholm.
After the bike ride, we went into the Royal Palace (unfortunately no photographs allowed) and first went down to the Royal Treasury where the Swedish state regalia are exhibited deep down in the vaults, then it was upstairs into all the varying rooms of the palace which are still used today. We then went to the Tre Kronor Museum which sits underneath the northern side of the Royal Palace and are the remnants of the Tre Kronor castle which dated back to the 13th century.
Our last sightsee for today was' Katarina kyrka (Church of Catherine)', one of the major churches in central Stockholm accessed via The Katarina Elevator (a passenger elevator in Stockholm that connects Slussen (the lock area) to the heights of Södermalm)

29/07/10 - Pirates of the Caribbean
Unfortunately, the next day wasn't very good sightseeing weather, but we ventured onto a 'hop on, hop off' ferry tour and our first stop was the Vasa Museum, a museum that exhibits the world's only surviving 17th-century ship, amazing looking, that sank after 1500 metres into its inaugural journey and was strangely forgotten about until 333 years later when it was found by Anders Franzén in 1956. A replica of this ship was used as the Black Pearl in the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’. We had an early day this day and caught up on some much needed rest before heading out for dinner with Emma, I apparently had a very Swedish meal that consisted of Moose meatballs, with ligonberry (which I thought would be better suited on a dessert), mash potatoes and finally gherkins.

30/07/10 - Lesson Learnt, bring a map
The next day was our last day in Stockholm and we only had a few hours in the morning available before Bjorn and Mia were to arrive to drive us to Soderkopin. We were told of a castle close by to where we were staying and ventured out to track it down, part of the way without a map and in the end it was an uneventful journey.
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