We started our trip in Stockholm, Sweden. It is a beautiful location for a city, built on a number of islands as the Scandinavian lakes drain to the Baltic Sea, and the modern and classical architecture really adds to the beauty. We started with a walk around old town, including stopping at the royal palace to see the changing of the guard. The band (including the timpanist) all performed on horseback.

Also on our first day, we stopped in the library designed by Gunnar Asplund. What a beautiful public space.


On our second day, we started with a walk in the Djurgarden part of town. We walked around the exterior of a fine house owned by an art collector named Prince Eugene. He has a cast of The Thinker by Rodan, but I thought this guy would dress up the web page a little better...


The prime reason to visit Djurgarten is the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was built in 1628 and sunk in Stockholm Harbor a couple minutes into her maiden voyage (bummer). Starting in 1960, the Vasa was raised from the sea floor and conserved and is now housed in this purpose-built museum. It is an amazing sight.

The other highlight of Stockholm is their glorious City Hall. The exterior is beautiful, right on the point of an island...

And, it gets even better inside. This hall (The Blue Hall, it was originally supposed to be covered in blue tiles) is where the dinner to celebrate the winners of the Nobel Prize is held every year.
The two pictures below show some of the gilded mosaics in the Golden Hall. I like the fact that they show the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower...



This tower is known as Crystal. It stands in the middle of Sergels Torg (Sergel's Square), a large central square in Stockholm, more or less above the central train station. The tower is lilt up at night, but I didn't get a picture of it in that pretty state.


Angela's cousin Whitney Brown and her husband Ken, live in Stockholm and showed us this great walking path with spectacular views of the city. Here's a nice shot of the four of us.