We started our trip in
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...
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
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
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.