Monday, July 8, 2013

10 Things I Enjoyed In Stockholm

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I visited Stockholm in July when my eldest son, Miguel, toured Europe for his soccer tournament, the Gothia Cup, a World Youth Cup. We savoured all of Stockholm's 14 islands spread through its archipelago and connected by bridges!

Here are 20 things I enjoyed while staying in this busiest Scandinavian capital:

1. Historic tour of medieval Old Town, the Gamla Stan. We managed to meander through the maze of winding alleyways, cobblestoned streets, small squares and ancient churches. We found local taverns and yummy traditional restaurants in this ancient city.
Gamla Stan
Colorful buildings with different necks!

od town
Sometimes the alleyways can get crowded so watch out for those shops or you'll miss those wonderful Swedish design-ware shops!

2. Enjoy the different waffles and ice cream, called Glas, with your friends!

waffles in Gamla Stan Treating ourselves with ice cream with our friends, Eliza, Billy and kids.

waffle bar

waffle cones             ice cream in stockholm
Stockholm is home to the most delicious waffles and waffle cones and the best tasting ice cream in the world. Taste one or two flavors everyday!

3. Visit the Vasa Museet (Museum).

vasa 2 Viking warship
This is Sweden's most prized heirloom which was salvaged from the murky deep waters of the Baltic Sea in 1961. This 69-meter long 380-year old Viking warship VASA sank just 20 minutes from its maiden voyage in 1628. Climb aboard for a lesson into Swedish history!

 4. Taste the goodness of smorgasbord of Northern delights in Ostermalms Saluhall, the world's best food hall.

smorebrot saluhall 2
tasty bread salad

5. Catch a ferry and take the Island Canal tour with 14 islands to visit and be wowed with Sweden's architecture.

island canal tour Sweden architecture

6. Visit Swedish royalty in the Royal Palace and Drottningholm Palace, and see how the kings and queens live.

drottningholm 2
Drottningholm Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

royal palace
The Royal Palace in Gamla Stan

7. Try a Swedish traditional meal in an authentic Viking restaurant.

trad Viking resto
Aifur, a restaurant dedicated to the gastronomic heritage from the Viking Age.

Viking interior    moose
Traditional interiors with traditional meal: a sampling of moose meat

 Viking meal dwarfed chicken
Lamb chops and dwarfed chicken.

8. Treat yourself to a Michelin starred restaurant.

sheratons 360 degree
Sheraton Hotel's 360 Degrees is a 3 star Michelin Restaurant.

meat balls   sea bass
Most famous Swedish meatballs "kottbullar", and delicious Sea bass with ravioli pasta.

Tenderloin steak grilled to perfection!

9. Join the Nobelity! Take a peek at the Nobel House.

nobel museum
The Nobel Museet (Museum) proudly displays its eminent laureates and their achievements.

10. Take out a pair of Borgs! Buy souvenirs to take home to friends and family.

borgs Swedish souvenirs
Check out Bjorn's collection at the mall. Lovin' those Viking hats, too!

Keep Walking!


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