Monday, June 6, 2011

Scandinavia Trip Day 9, Part 1: Stockholm


From the minute I woke up I’ve been thinking about all the cereals, seeds, grains and nuts I’m gonna sprinkle on my yogurt this morning.


My breakfast bowl at Restaurant Taabla







Of course there’s the bread plate and fruit platter, too


royal palace stockholmThe Royal Palace in Stockholm looks like a giant shoebox.
Now don’t give me that look, it was our tour guide who said that.


226563_10150172650544570_510889569_6595366_6847032_nThat’s him. Now give him the look.


royal guard stockholmRoyal Guard (who looks a lot like my cousin Ritchie)


The southern façade of the Royal Palace faces Slottsbacken. Here you can also see the Obelisk and Stockholm Cathedral


The 660-room Stockholm Palace is one of the largest royal palaces in the world still in use for its original purpose. The offices of King Carl XVI Gustaf and other members of the Swedish Royal Family, as well as the offices of the Royal Court of Sweden are all located here. Watch your head, Flor!


royal palace stockholmFelisse and Frances appreciating the baroque architecture


View of the Parliament Building from the terrace in the western wing of the palace


skansenOur next stop is Skansen, the world’s first ever open air museum founded in
1891 by Artur Hazelius


It is visited by 1.4 million people yearly. I see a lot of children and babies, too.


skansenThe open air museum is 75 acres big. For those who don’t know acres, think
300,000 square meters. We are given less than 2 hours to tour the place.


Skansen showcases the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era. Except for 3 buildings, all 150-something houses on display are originals. Hazelius bought each of them during his travels to different parts of the country and had them shipped piece by piece to the museum, where they were rebuilt to provide a unique picture of traditional Sweden.



227994_10150167183557293_718632292_6935191_5551274_nErnest, Frances, a Swedish worker, Florence, Felisse, Me, Erwin


Mekanisk Verkstad


Konsum, a Swedish Co-op shop


Officina Typographica, or The Printer’s, from 1725


Forgot what this is. Sorry.


Bakery in the 1870’s


Post Office furnished in the style of the 1910s


skansenInside a rich man’s home




skansenThe Bollnäs House is a special building used for large gatherings on special occasions


skansenThe Hällestad belfry, built in 1732 and stands more than 40 meters high,
is one of Sweden's highest bell towers


221874_10150167188422293_718632292_6935224_1811889_nThese red Dala horses are Swedish traditional wooden crafts. They are icons of Sweden.
You see them everywhere, most especially in souvenir shops!


Skansen is also home to a wide range of Scandinavian animals and rare breeds of farm animals. In this photo you see Leicester sheep (?) and African pygmé goats.


brown bearBrown bear


mooseFemale moose


european bisonEuropean bison


225187_10150167184537293_718632292_6935199_4855147_nOoops. That’s my cousin Frances, not an animal.


225243_10150167187192293_718632292_6935216_1154338_nFresh flowers


229046_10150167187547293_718632292_6935218_6833272_nColorful crafts


225179_10150167188197293_718632292_6935223_3547632_nJams and preserves


228703_10150167187917293_718632292_6935221_753324_nBreads and pastries


227701_10150167188057293_718632292_6935222_486002_nCotton candy


skansenThe Sami Camp is where the mountain Sami used to live during autumn and spring in the beginning of the 20th century when they still followed a nomadic existence, moving about with their reindeer.


The Sami’s reindeer


The Sami?


The Älvros Farmstead represents the north Swedish farm in the early years of the
19th century


One of the rooms in a farm house


Me and the farmer’s wife


I match the Barnacle goose (it keeps running away from me)


Glass-blowing factory


Gubbhyllan was built in 1816 as a summer residence until 1852 when it was bought by
a pastry chef and converted into a Swiss café.


stortorgetWe go back to Stortorget in Gamla Stan. I really, really love this place.


230904_10150167192032293_718632292_6935263_4769393_nMe trying to blend in with the locals


Lunch is at Stortorgskallaren (again!)


                               Crisp bread                                                                                Salad


                            Fried herring                                        White choco truffle with ginger and cinnamon


At last, we get to spend a little time with Auntie Babie and Uncle Frank


changing of royal guardsOn our way to the bus we witness the changing of the Royal Guards.
First comes the brown horses.


226893_10150172652259570_510889569_6595411_4253346_nThen the white horses. Then the brown horses again.
There are about 30,000 Royal Guards and the whole event takes 40 minutes.


Sweden’s oldest amusement park, Grona Lund, is more than 200 years old


We still got a little time before we have to be at the port so we walk around Sergels torg,
the most central public square in Stockholm


sergel torgShopping time!


Didn’t know McDonald’s can look so classy


A sculpture of Sergel, the famous Swedish sculptor, sculpting a woman
(Tongue twister time!!!)




228278_10150167194672293_718632292_6935288_3243225_nFresh produce


227242_10150167194792293_718632292_6935290_7042561_nFelisse loves Swedish boys
Swedish boys love Felisse… ‘s shirt


230138_10150167195047293_718632292_6935292_1777715_nH&M Home


226479_10150167195177293_718632292_6935294_3253608_nWhen are we gonna have this in Asia?


228483_10150167195517293_718632292_6935299_230456_nWhile the wives and daughters shop, the daddies sit and wait


I want some ice cream but the line is too long


We arrive at the port just in time to board the New York-themed cruise ship


silja serenadeHello, Helsinki, here we come!


Next: Scandinavia Trip Day 9, Part 2: Silja Serenade

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