Friday, June 15, 2018

Sweden - post 2 - Stockholm

May 9-10, 2018

Stockholm is a big city, but very easy to get around and see the sights. Not everything you want to visit is in one small area, but they have an excellent subway and electric tram system. You buy a pass for a couple of days and you are good to go. As usual we found a free walking tour to get familiar with the city. This tour was different in that we did a modern history tour, things that have happened in the last 100 years, so no old town tour. Stockholm is on the water and is made up of many islands so we also took a Hop On Hop Off Boat. A water view is a good way to see the city.

   Plaza in front of the Riksdag, Parliament House.

 Views from the Hop On Hop Off boat tour.

 More buildings along the water front.

Stadshuset - The City Hall.

 Jakobs kyrka - Saint James's Church

 Riddarholmen Church - The burial church of the Swedish monarchs.

 Another water front view.

 Hop On Hop Off boat

Old boats in front of the Vasa Museum.

 The Vasa Museum displays the salvaged 17th century warship Vasa. It sank on its' maiden voyage. This is a model of the ship. The original ship is in the background.

 The Vasa is huge and covered in carved figures. A bit over the top, but it was a royal warship.

 Skansen is an open-air museum. These are preserved buildings of a village from the 1800's.

 An old farmstead in Skansen.

Inside the farm house.

 Pastures around the farm house. 

 Hallestad Belfry - an old church bell tower saved from the 1800's.

 They had a folk dancing demostration while we were there.

Statue on the waterfront.

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