Sunday, September 30, 2012

Cruising with Virginia-Part 7 Stockholm

I hope that you have been enjoying the series of my Baltic cruise. We now have come to Part 7 (Stockholm) which was our last port of call. I must confess, making these travel posts was a lot of work. I had to skim through over 3000 photos, take out the best edited photos...compile them in a meaningful and visually-appealing way. However, I find that through the posting process, it is so fun and meaningful to reflect on this amazing trip and I even learn a few more things about cities that I had just visited. Thank you for all the wonderful and positive feedback. One of the followers Harriet's response from my previous travel post warmed my heart particularly.

"Thank you, Virginia, I got to "see" a city I will never visit. Yes, the weather vane is exceptional. Today I bought a copy of "Catherine the Great"....I've been waiting for it to be published in paperback. I took another look at the hermitage to get me in the mood for this book. Thank you, thank you!!!!"

With that wonderful comment, I now present you Part 7. As you know, Sweden is the home of IKEA, ABBA, Bjorn Borg ...and the origins of many innovations and designs. I have always been fascinated by all things Swedish whenever I step into an IKEA...Well, this trip is all about Stockholm without anyone mentioning IKEA. It's simply because there are so much more to learn about this wonderful country, IKEA is only a small part of Sweden!
When our cruise ship docked at Nynashamn on a very rainy day, we had to take a tender boat to get on shore, then the kids and I (Dr. John experienced sea sickness that day and missed visiting Stockholm) joined the excursion and took a 45 min bus ride to Stockholm. Our first destination was the Vasa Museum.
 This maritime museum displays the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, the 64-gun warship Vasa that sank on her maiden voyage in 1628. The Vasa Museum opened in 1990. 
 The artwork from the ship (some figures were replicas)
 The building itself is quite impressive. The main hall contains the ship itself and various exhibits related to the archaeological findings of the ships and early 17th century Sweden. The museum is dominated by a large copper roof with stylized masts that represent the actual height of Vasa when she was fully rigged. I am not a fan of Maritime museums, but I couldn't help being in awe when I saw the size of the ship and how it is now being displayed after it sunk in 1628.
After the museum, we were free to roam about downtown Stockholm on that Sunday. And this is what we saw...rain or shine, the ITU Triathlon was going on. These super fit Swedes, young and old, were doing their thing and try to reach their personal best. We had to wait between the breaks to get through the streets.
Eventually, we decided to hit another museum since the weather was not so great. The kids and I were excited to find the Nobel Museum nearby.
 This is the entrance of the Nobel Museum which was opened in 2001.
Inside the museum,  very cool and inventive displays of the Nobel Laureates from 1901 to the present.
Stephanie kept saying how much she loved the way of displaying the Nobel Laureates work through the train-like moving tracks in the ceiling. The museum offers exhibitions, films, theatre plays, and debates.
 I managed to get some practical souvenirs...GOLD Nobel Chocolate Medal! This is the closest to the Nobel medal that I can get--ha!
Later Dr. John tasted the chocolate and find them just "average quality, not prize-winning"!
After the museum, we hit the streets and bought ourselves some treats: nuts and coconut-coated chocolate balls! YUM!
A glance of Stockholm
We found this copper/bronze suitcase on a bench in downtown. Isn't this an amazing city? I now want to go back...but then I may just have to visit the nearest IKEA to get a quick fix! Thanks again for looking through this photo-heavy post! I have more fun posts about this trip to come. So our virtual trip is not quite over yet :)
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22 comments:

Dawn said...

thanks for sharing Virginia. Despite the not so nice weather, you seemed to have a great time visiting the museums.

Barb said...

Another fun travel post, V! Love all the fab photos! Looks like a wonderful city! I'm glad to hear the virtual trip isn't over yet - so enjoying them! Congrats to Cornelia! :)

paperella said...

It's a wonderful city, isn't it? I loved the Vasa Museum and I hope you guys had a piece of cake in the Chokladkoppen, in the same square as the Nobel Academy. A fave spot there for sure!
If you're going back, try to do it in winter, when you get to see the real idiosincrasy of this beautiful city, all covered in snow. It's SO beautiful!
Big hugs to my traveller friend :D

Sheila H said...

The photos are great, Virginia. I'm glad to know we can look forward to more :)

Brenda said...

Thanks Virginia. This has been a wonderful trip for all of us. I loved visiting each city through the eyes of your camera and appreciated all the info you shared.

rcwidow (Linda) said...

Loved the virtual trip with you Virginia! My husband was an exchange student in Sweden when he was in high school. He has told me a lot about it and would love to go some day!

Karin Ã…kesdotter said...

Loved reading this post (of course (-; ) I just wish you'd had better weather . STHM is soooo beautiful in summer sun! Hugs Karin

Leni said...

Thanks for sharing! Everything looks great to me!

Melissa Shea said...

Fun! I love all the old buildings, the different color combos. That museum with the ship looked very interesting! I'd have a hard time wrapping by mind around something so old!

The ceiling track made me want to hang one in my craft studio for all my stamps! Ha! Imagine that! Just reach up, and I could actually hang all of them!

Sorry Dr. John was ill. No fun! Can't wait to see your next post. Thanks for the amazing pics too, I can imagine these cruise reviews are time consuming. I look forward to them :)

Katarina said...

I'm glad you liked our capital, Virginia, despite the lousy weather that day. stockholm is a beautiful city, especially summertime, with all the water around, Did the kids like the chocolate balls? the one Stephanie is eating is one of my fav's - I could actually give you a recipe for that if you like.
Lovely to see the city through your eys!

donna mikasa said...

Thanks for going through your photos and choosing the best to share! I love the museum's way of displaying the Laureates. I would never have seen that if it weren't for you. Thank you, Lu family!

pcm said...

thanks for the lovely tour!

Miriam Prantner said...

Oh this takes me back. We LOVED out trip to Sweden and were able to spend a few days in Stockholm. It on our list of places to go back to with the girls someday, but for now it's nice to live vicariously through you!

Julie Hoffman said...

These pictures are AMAZING and your trip looks like it was AMAZING too! I very much enjoy reading about your travel adventures too! Thanks for sharing a bit of your adventure with us :)

Cat Craig said...

I have thoroughly enjoyed your cruise ( posts)!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

wow how beautiful! Thanks for sharing your journey with us, and def. making me want to explore more than my backyard! Amazing!

Rose said...

oh Virginia i am loving "traveling" with you and your family :) i love the ship!!! not a fan of being on the water but still enjoy seeing the old ships.
thank you for all the work you put into these posts and sharing your time with us :)

Linda R said...

Once again I have to say that I really enjoyed seeing your photos. Looks like you guys really had a good time.

Suzanne D. said...

LOVE these photos! They remind me of when my sister came to see me when I was living there. I took her to see the Vasa and we went to the amusement park too. Looks like you had an amazing time!

Alice Wertz said...

i think i had my mouth open while looking at the photos of the ship. lol! it must have been amazing to see it in person. wow! and what a cool way to display the nobel laureates!!! super fun! thanks so much for taking me to Stockholm, Virginia!! =)

Kelly Griglione said...

These posts must take you FORever ... thanks so much for keeping them coming! That ship is amazing, with all the artwork on it. I had no idea they were so elaborate. Seems like a heck of a lot of work to me, especially to go right down to the bottom of the ocean! My cousin's family is Swedish and they have a party for King Knut's Day in mid Jan every year. I guess King Knut declared that Christmas decorations must be left up until that day each year. So we celebrate and have meatballs and lingenberry sauce, just like IKEA : )

Chris and Paige Evans said...

So fun to see all of these places again through your eyes!!!