Thursday, October 4, 2012

Sightseeing in Stockholm

Stockholm is absolutely beautiful.  Upon arrival at the airport, we took the Arlanda Express into the city center and walked to our hotel.  We were so amazed by how beautiful the city was.  The architecture is very unique and it has something special about it.  We had a lot of daylight to sightsee, and the first thing we did was jump on a boat to see it from the water.

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!

13 comments:

JMB said...

I always love looking at pictures of your guys's adventures, they never disappoint! Stockholm is gorgeous, or maybe it's because my fav tiny western girl was there! Have a blessed day, sissybelle!

Bree said...

I can't wait to have some money to travel. That said, I just did my makeup, I think it's time for Fika ;)

J and A said...

Looks like such an amazing trip! It is on our list to visit for sure! Great photos.

Natasha said...

you make me want to visit stockholm!!! it looks absolutely stunning with so much fun culture and heritage

Shannon Elise said...

So gorgeous! That is so interesting about riding the bikes. No wonder it is such a beautiful place...no pollution. Love Fika! No that is something I could get used to. :)

Jamie said...

Beautiful Tracy! Love the photos. Stockholm looks like a fun place to visit!

Heather (Live.Love.Laugh.) said...

Makes me so want a vacay...love your scarf btw!

Smiling is Good for Your Teeth said...

That is so cool you got to see Rikki!! What a fun spot to visit!

Giselle @ahealthyhappyhome said...

Beautiful pictures! At 5 foot 10 inches, I don't think I would fit through that little walkway! By the way, I love your floral scarf!

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

Beautiful pictures! And how fun you got to meet up with a friend! Keep these recaps coming!

Crazy Shenanigans-JMO said...

I love the cobblestone streets there!

Nicole Marie said...

how fun you got to meet up with rikki!

All At Once said...

Im so jealous of your travels!! I cant wait to travel with Kenny someday. What an amazing experience!