Sweden Trip, April 2018 Part 5
We were on our way to yet another walking tour, meeting at the same place as the day before: Centralstation. Today, we were going around a lot of Stockholm, not just Gamla Stan. I was so excited to see more of Stockholm because it's a big city and without a guide, it can be pretty overwhelming to know where to start. We walked along the outer portion of Gamla Stan to begin with seeing the City Hall of Stockholm on the island of Riddarholmen. It is a tiny island that breaks off from Gamla Stan in Stockholm, home to the medieval abbey which is also called Riddarholm Church which was used as royal burial grounds for the Swedish royal family. Also on the isalnd of Riddholmen are other Swedish governmental buildings and the Supreme Court. It holds small palaces, the Chancellor of Justice and Parliament! The island is isolated from the main island of Stockholm (Norrmalm) by the motorway known as the Centralbron. The Riddarholm Church is one of Stockholm's oldest buildings and it is the building that I was absolutely amazed by when I first arrived in Stockholm. The spire is something to see in person!
|Gustavo Erici statue in front of the Riddarhuset (House of Nobility) on Riddarholmen|
Östermalm at the Dramaten (The Royal Dramatic Theatre). It was on those steps that the walking tour said farewells (we became a little community for those two hours). My dad started talking to one of the gentlemen in the walking tour and he ended up being from Salem, OR and my dad and him shared a mutual friend! It was so bizarre. Stockholm is such a large city with many islands, and Östermalm is such a gem in Stockholm. As we explored Östermalm, we were told to try a famous French Hot Dog by the guy from Salem, OR, so we stopped at a hot dog stand and tried one. They were actually so delicious!
|The smaller, middle white building is the Prime Minister of Sweden's home.|
|Strandkliniken - A hotel neighboring the Hotel Diplomat. The hotdog stand where we got the French hot dogs is on the lower right corner with a little red roof by the boats.|
|The Hotel Diplomat|
|Nordiska Museet (Nordic Museum)|
|The ceilings are so ornate and the architecture is absolutely stunning inside the Nordiska.|
|From the hallway of holidays, this is an exhibit about the Swedish holiday: Midsummer which is celebrated in late June. I would love to visit Sweden while Midsummer is going on. What a special treat that would be!|
|From the Nordiska's fashion history exhibit. I loved the black and white photographs of the 50's fashion in Sweden.|
We finally found our way back to a street that was familiar and nearby our hotel. So we made our way back, got ready to go out for a nice dinner, and began walking again to the place we had originally decided to go. There was not a table available in that restaurant, they actually turned us away because they were so full (I guess we should have made a reservation). This began our long journey to find a restaurant with a table available that was also delicious. After searching for probably 45 minutes and walking another two miles, we came across an Italian restaurant along the main shopping strip of Norrmalm called Zola de Pollo. At this point, pasta and red wine sounded so perfect. It was actually quite funny because at first we ordered waters. We figured they would bring us glasses of tap water like normal restaurants do... that was not the case. They brought us bottled water which costed more than a glass of wine! So, we said no to the waters and sipped on our free water (from the tap) that came with our wine. We were going to order wine anyway but once we realized that is how we were going to get free water, it only solidified the decision to order wine as well. Interesting concept.
|Stopping off at the hotel for a drink and to get ready for dinner.|