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Five Things to Love about Stockholm

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I love Stockholm

Gosh, I love Stockholm. So much to enjoy. It’s hard to narrow them down but I’m going to share five things I particularly will remember.

Number 1: The Vasa Museum

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The Vasa Museum in Stockholm

First and foremost is the Vasa Museum. I enjoyed and loved this so much I did a blog post on it already. Click here to read about this “must do” in Stockholm. If you don’t do anything else in Stockholm, visit this the Vasa.

Number 2: Traveling by water everywhere

Ok, so I love water so Stockholm was a happy place for me. We did boat tours and we took the boat taxi and we took the boat to go to a summer palace while enjoying a fabulous lunch. Stockholm has 14 main islands (and thousands of tiny ones) so   getting around is really fun on the water including coming into the city early morning.

Here are some scenes from our various aquatic tours. Be sure to notice the logs used as bumpers on one of our vessels. Boaters will be fascinated.

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Number 3: The White Nights

We visited Stockholm in June during the peak of the White Nights. This is the time of year when the city only goes dark for a a few minutes. I actually never saw it dark. The sun was still up when we went to bed and, of course, back up when we got up.

This phenomena and the fact so much of the year is so dark, produces a sense of around the clock party including this fun festival with folk dancing.

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I also loved the narrow streets with colorful fabric stretched to create a party vibe.

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Number 4: The Food

The food, especially the seafood is amazing. You really can’t go wrong with meals. We went with recommendations of our hotel and especially loved Rolf’s Kok (Kitchen). We were told that this is where the chefs in town go to eat when they have a day off. We could see why.

We got a real kick out of being seated us in the window of the store front restaurant where we could see into the restaurant and out on the street at the same time. Also loved the way the rolls were presented.

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Rolfs Kok

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Number 5: It’s Real and Creative
And that brings me to the last thing I liked about Stockholm—the unpretentious, creativity of this Scandinavian city. We visited the slightly shabby Summer Palace, meandered the old town where we saw Hari Krishna group (now that goes back in time, doesn’t it?) and loved seeing places like the Hairy Pig with its 1490 date.

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At entrance to Drottningham

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I think it is a creative place……here are some city scenes that made me think that.

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And how about this for a creative approach to housing. This ship is actually a Youth Hostel. Wouldn’t it be fun to bunk down there with a bunch of traveling mates?

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Youth Hostel in Stockholm

I’m sure there’s plenty more to see….and this trip just whetted my appetite to visit more of the Scandinavian world. If you’ve been to Stockholm will you share your favorites?

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Susan J. Smith
Susan's career includes writing for newspapers, lots of community work and a wonderful family life. Now she is enjoying traveling, photography and writing for DesignDestinations and Grand Rapids Magazine. She welcomes you on her journey and appreciates your comments.

Comments

2 Comments
  1. posted by
    Sue Schroder
    Sep 29, 2015 Reply

    I’ve never been to Stockholm, but your wonderful photos and enthusiasm make me want to go. Your travel blogs are the best. More! More!

    • posted by
      Susan J. Smith
      Sep 29, 2015 Reply

      Thanks, Sue, I really appreciate your kind words. And yes, I loved Stockholm. Lively and fun city. Am working to keep up my once-a-week blogging schedule. Glad you enjoy!

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