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
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,
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 :)
Market Street Stamps giveaway result (check under the blog header)!
Winner is #43 fun stamping (Cornelia)