To celebrate our 4th wedding anniversary, Mark and I took a short vacation in Stockholm. Yes, we vacationed in Stockholm in December. There were only 6 hours of sunlight each day apparently, and the weather was pretty gloomy. But it was just right for us. We took it easy, toured the city during the day and rested in our cozy hotel room in the evenings. Speaking of the hotel, I should have taken pictures of the breakfast spread they had for us each morning. Not only did they serve Swedish meatball, there was also smoked salmon, amazing cheeses and other exquisite stuff. Those Swedes sure know how to do breakfast.
Gamla Stan (old town) is one of the major touristy areas in Stockholm. I loved it! It was just my kind of place – quaint little stores, narrow winding cobblestone streets…
We visited a couple of Christmas markets. This one in Gamla Stan was the bigger one. We didn’t really have a good Christmas tree, but we still bought several ornaments. They were just too cute to resist!
Super-sized Toblerone – YES please!
We of course toured the Royal Palace. And of course there was no photography allowed inside. Why is there never photography allowed inside palaces? It’s a shame. Because I love palaces!
There are a lot of buildings like this in Stockholm. I love the simplicity and neatness of it. And you can be sure they have cool and stylish furniture inside, as we know from IKEA, Swedes have good taste. Wish I lived in one of those apartments.
Because of the cold and rainy/snowy weather we weren’t able to take too many pictures. We also took a random bus one day and rode it to the end of the line just to see what the normal part of the city looked like. And rode the ferries some as the city of Stockholm is made up of 14 or so islands. On our last evening there we splurged and ate at a nice restaurant in Gamla Stan. We had elk meatballs and reindeer cheesecake. Yummm.
Though it was a short trip, we had a good time. It was enjoyable also because almost everyone spoke excellent English. It gave our tired language-learning brain a break.