Stockholm

•Note: Prior to our stay in Stockholm I researched and developed a schedule for our stay.  The girls were deeply concerned that the schedule was too demanding (:  

Thursday December 11

•Leave Arvika after Kurt was done with work 5-6.  

This was not without its trials.  Erik the Red seems loathe to go east.  The girls and I were in downtown Arvika Thursday afternoon, running errands before we left for Stockholm.  The car refused to start.  Kurt and Patrick towed us home and we once again borrowed Patrick’s Jeep Cherokee for the travel to Stockholm.  On the plus side, Patrick’s car has speakers (Erik doesn’t) and we can listen to the radio and cd’s! 

•Arrive at  Scandic Star Hotel in Sollentuna at 10 pm.

We were traveling to Stockholm to spend time with Curt and Elvi.  Elvi is my mother’s cousin and we have spent time with them in Minnesota.  Their home is a 8 minute walk from the Scandic Star Hotel.  Sollentuna is a northern suburb of Stockholm.  The hotel was located a few minutes away from the local train.  Curt and Elvi generously put us up in the hotel for the extended weekend.  We really enjoyed Curt and Elvi’s company and hope to spend more time with them before we go home.  We had the pleasure of their company during the entire stay and ate several wonderful meals at their home.  

Curt, Elvi and the girls

Curt, Elvi and the girls. Curt and Lily discovered they had the same unique sense of humor.

 

Friday, December 12

•Purchase  72-hour Stockholm cards

Definitely a great deal for us.  The cost of the adult card was $50.  Children’s card cost $40.  The card covered the cost to travel on local train, the subway, and  busses.  It also covered admission to all of the museums and attractions we wanted to see in Stockholm.  

•Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan (The old town with cobbled streets and narrow avenues)

Gamla Stan (The old town with cobbled streets and narrow avenues)

 

A Rune stone in the Old Town

A Rune stone in the Old Town

Fika (Coffee Break)

Fika (Coffee Break)

•Kunliga Slottet  (The Royal Castle)

We were in town the weekend they awarded the nobel prize. The Royal family was in residence at the castle and parts of the castle that are typically open to the public were closed.

 

In Sweden, most members of the military do a stint of guard duty at the Royal Castle.

In Sweden, most members of the military do a stint of guard duty at the Royal Castle.

•Tre Kroner Museum 

This is a tightly guarded, very small and crowded home to the royal jewels.

 

 

Saturday, December 13    all on Djurgården, small island in Stockholm

•Skansen!  Traditional Jul Market/Sancta Lucia celebration. www.skansen.se    

150 or so buildings from all over Sweden were moved to an island to create an open air museum.  Most buildings are from the 18-19th century.  We watched a Sancta Lucia Celebration in a small Good Templars building.  The stage was a re-creation based on photos from the 1920’s.  The history of Sancta Lucia was shared in Swedish, Italian and English.  (Lucia was from the Italian island of Syracuse.)

Lily as a star child

Lily as a star child

 

 

Pacifiers strung together by color.  Modern Art?

Pacifiers strung together and organized by color. Modern Art?

 

•Vasa Museet  & Junibacken  

Kurt and the girls went to the Vasa Museum and I went to Junibackan.  The Vasa Museet houses a 17th century ship that sunk 5 minutes into it’s maiden voyage.  They are currently researching the colors of the ship and painting a  15 foot model.  The colors are bright and varied.  It must have been a sight as it set sail (and sunk!)  Junibacken is for small children (and adults who read swedish children’s books).  It is a story house, you can play in Pippi Longstocking’s kitchen and peak into Findus and Pettson’s house.  The best part is a inside train ride through Astrid Lindgren’s world; miniature landscapes of  Ronja, and the brothers Lionheart, Emil etc.  I LOVED it.  

 

 

Sunday, December 14

•Kaknastornet Television Tower  (also known as the Kaknäs Tower )

The Kaknäs Tower is the hub of all TV and radio transmission in Sweden. The 155-meter tower gives you a fantastic view of Stockholm and the city’s surroundings. 

Kaknastornet Television Tower

Kaknastornet Television Tower

View from the tower

View from the tower

•Down town shopping

 

Shopping in Central Stockholm

Shopping in Central Stockholm

 

 

•Met my friend Jeanette (from my school time in Arvikaat her house in Nacka (short distance from central Stockholm) for a meal.

Netta lives with her partner, Bengt, in the same apartment she did when Kurt and I visited in 2001. Nette was a good friend when I was here in 1984 in Arvika.   Nette oversees some of Stockholm’s testing and assessment for environmental laws.  Tattoo Parlors fall under her jurisdiction.  It was good to spend time with Nette and we really liked Bengt.

Bengt, Nette and the mead girls

Bengt, Nette and the mead girls


•6 pm Sancta Lucia Concert at Stor Kyrkan (The Big Church)

The concert was performed by high school students.  After the concert we walked to the train through the moonlit night.  (The first one of the weekend!)

Star boys in the concert

Star boys in the concert

 

The moon over Stockholm

The moon over Stockholm

Monday, December 15

Leave Stockholm 7am   Arvika in time for Betsey to be at work by 1:20.

 

 

Curt and Elvi with some of Elvi's antique, Swedish furniture.
Curt and Elvi with some of Elvi’s antique, Swedish furniture.

 

 

 

Stockholm is a lovely city.  But the best part of the time was getting to know Curt and Elvi.  They are warm, giving, funny, quirky and we are delighted to call them friends.

Stockholm is a lovely city. But the best part of the time was getting to know Curt and Elvi. They are warm, giving, funny, quirky and we are delighted to call them friends.


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