One of my girlfriends and sorority sisters now lives in Sweden, just a short train ride away from Stockholm. She and her fiance came to visit us and we went out to dinner and drinks in Gamla Stan. Gamla Stan is "The Old Town". It's tiny, narrow streets are lined with old, beautiful buildings. It is definitely worth a visit if you go. Luckily, it was just across the bridge from our hotel.
Stockholm has many small islands surrounding it. Some of them can be reached by a bridge, and others by boat. The people, blue eyed, blonde, tall and very friendly - came off a little cold, but if you ask them a question, they are very nice and warm up immediately.
We really enjoyed our 4 days in Stockholm... especially during "Fika". We learned quickly how important Fika is to the people in Sweden. What is it? Well, basically it's a coffee and pastry break. They take them about every hour it seemed - so we learned to do the same. Out sightseeing for an hour? Time for Fika. Just woke up? Time for Fika. :)
The Royal Palace is in Gamla Stan
The beautiful cobble stone streets in Gamla Stan
My college girlfriend, Rikki, and I
Time for Fika... with a view of Gamla Stan out the window.
Cheers... drinks in lounge chairs on a boat in the sunshine.
One of the tiny, narrow, and short streets in Gamla Stan.
The other thing we loved about this city... the BIKES! Holy cow - everyone rides a bike. We heard that even in blizzards you still see thousands of people commuting on their bike.
Stockholm is up there as a must see European City in my opinion. Maybe skip the winter months if you don't like the cold, but we had a fabulous time in the summer!