Stockholm (again)

This is my second time in Stockholm. The first was in 2008. You can read about it here in my old blog: http://biancatrips.blogspot.com.au/2008/09/stockholm.html

Coming into port in Stockholm is a long, drawn-out affair! You cruise past thousands of cute little islands and cottages and houses. It goes on for hours! It was raining in the morning when we were coming into port, so not many photos:

Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising into Stockholm, Sweden

We got into port at 10am and had to be back on the ship by 3.30pm, so not a great deal of time to see anything. Eileen was really interested in the Vasa Museum. I hadn’t looked at it when I was in Stockholm 9 years ago (see blog entry link above), so that was our first destination.

Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden
Vasa Museum, Stockholm, Sweden

It’s amazing what they did to recover the Vasa and the museum and information built around it. After we’d viewed as much as we wanted to, we were in need of coffee. The prices are outrageous to us, but normal for Swedes, I guess. The coffee wasn’t even that enjoyable – better than on the ship though :-).

After that we decided to walk along the harbour, across to the old town (Gamla Stan).

Around Stockholm, Sweden
Around Stockholm, Sweden
Around Stockholm, Sweden
Around Stockholm, Sweden
Around Stockholm, Sweden

Once we arrived outside the palace, we saw the guard coming on for the change. Quite exciting!

Around Stockholm, Sweden
Around Stockholm, Sweden
Around Stockholm, Sweden
Around Stockholm, Sweden

We wandered around the old town for a while, past the palace and a few churches etc. It’s lovely. No photos, since I’ve already done that (see blog details above) in 2008.

We decided to head back to the ship early, after another coffee – this one was all foam. Can’t win. The cafe was on a park with a nice fountain though:

Around Stockholm, Sweden
Around Stockholm, Sweden

Once on the ship, we had lunch, and then sat on the back deck for a good view of the journey back out to sea. I couldn’t stop taking photos – it was so beautiful!

Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden
Cruising out of Stockholm, Sweden

After dinner, we went to the Abbalicious show on the Sky deck – it wasn’t very good, but there was a lot of dancing going on. Great fun.

Then another late night, but since it’s a day at sea after, we could sleep in!

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