I freakin’ love this city.  Therefore, I am supremely grateful to say that we went there often.  Often enough for us to sometimes just ride bikes to the park or sip tea in a cafe, instead of always site seeing.  Thank goodness, because I am totally a sip tea in the park kind of lady!  I need to take breaks from discovering new things in order to process and be in the moment.  My brain’s filing system still has not worked out a consistently effective way of sorting through historical fun facts, although I do love learning them in the moment!

Throughout our many visits to one of my favorite cities in the world (which was an overnight each time- double the Stockholm, double the fun) I did do some new things like:

  • Ventured around on my own
  • Did the Stockholm Rooftop Walk
  • Visited the Nobel Museum
  • Saw Don Quixote at the Operahouse
  • Walked through booths at Stockholm’s Culture Festival
  • Finally met up with a friend who lives there and explored her neck of the woods
  • Explored The Ostermalms Saluhall
  • Went out at night

Spending some time on my own in this beautifully bustling city was great, not only for my sanity and independence, but it also allowed me the ability to orient myself [mostly] successfully.  I am used to following Rob and his impeccable (most of the time) sense of direction around through city after city, half the time leaving me with no clue as to how I got there.  So the following are shots from me wandering around solo, taking in the sights and enjoying the fresh air.

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Screen Shot 2015-11-04 at 3.13.15 PMDjurgården is one of 14 islands that make up the city of Stockholm.  I’m pretty sure it’s my favorite one.  And probably the favorite of all other tourists ever.  There are tons of museums including the one and only Vasa Museum (been there three times I love it so much), which houses the Vasa Warship and tells of its history, the sinking, and the salvaging.  The entire experience is incredible.

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Also found on the island are parks, Skansen, an outdoor museum which I’ve heard great thing about but not yet seen myself; the ABBA Museum, the small amusement park of Gröna Lund, and soooo many other things that can be seen here.

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Now that you’ve thoroughly enjoyed some snaps of my solo Stockholm adventures, I’ll treat you to some photos from my Roof Top Tour.   It was great, but admittedly not the “thrill ride” I thought I had signed up for.  I thought there might be some traversing of rooftops, maybe even a zip-line here or there.  Not the case FYI.  But still nice, just more relaxing than adrenaline-packed…unless you’re scared of heights.  Then I’m sure it would get your blood pumping!

We did a small walking tour  through old town afterward as well, where I learned about the Stockholm Bloodbath…and stood on the site of it…yikes.  It’s where in November 1520, 495 years ago, 82 people in opposition of Danish King Christian II, were beheaded and left on site for a number of days.  There are plenty more details if you should need to know.  It’s actually right outside the Nobel Museum, which personally, was not my cup of tea.  Would have loved more exhibits with that included details of why the nobelaureates won.

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The Nobel Museum at the far end of the square where the Stockholm Bloodbath took place:

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The yellowish building holds the rooftop I traversed (?).  The Riddarholmen Church next door is the oldest building in the city, dating back to the late 13th century.

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The fifth row of bricks above the window sill proves the age of this building and that it was built by monks.  Pretty cool!DSC_1363

And now for a couple photos from visiting my friend outside the city, including one from the underground which doubles as the Largest Underground Art Museum in the world.  It’s super cool and as you can see from the escalator photo, kind of made to look like its in a cave.

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One day we had tea at this crazy old underground cafe called Cafe Sten Sture, which was a former prison and before that a monastery from the 14th century.  You can sit back with a cup of joe in a number of the various cells, including the exact one that housed a criminal by the name of Jacob Johan Anckarström, who was convicted and sentenced for shooting the Swedish King.

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And how about some friendly faces at Josefina’s?

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And a glimpse of my tasty 5th anniversary dinner at Herman’s Vegetarian Buffet?  YUM!IMG_3152

And of course we must not forget about the amazing sunsets!IMG_2834 Panorama May 15, 2015, 9.59.42 PM

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