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Trip Report Stockholm Trip Report

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Just returned from four full days in Stockholm plus partial days arriving and departing. Here is a brief report.

We stayed in an apartment in Soldermalm arranged through Air Bnb. It was pretty close to the photography museum. Location was great. Easy walk to Gamla Stan and on from there to other destinations. However we are active and in good health, don’t mind walking, etc.

Gamla Stan is very touristy. It has that classic medieval town feel to it. It actually reminded me of some places in Italy, even down to the colorful paint on the buildings. The color palette was more broad in Sweden.

We saw the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace which was interesting. We happened to hit the timing right. I don’t think I would make a special effort to make it. We also visited the Mint museum nearby, Royal Palace, Armory, and Crown Jewels. On a later visit we hit the Tre Kronor. We enjoyed them all. We also walked over to the City Hall which is an impressive building. We did not tour inside.

The following day we went to Djurgarden to visit the Vasa Museum. It’s tremendous. Like seeing the David or the Grand Canyon, you have to see it in person to believe it. We skipped Skansen. We did go to Prince Eugens House which was very nice, quiet, and has an interesting art collection. We had an excellent dinner at Ulla Winblad on Djurgarden, near the Vasa Museum.

We took a day trip to the island of Sandhamm. That was quite fun. The boat ride was about two hours each way. The archipelago is scenic. So the ride was not dull. And the light was different each way. We rented bikes on Sandhamm which made getting around quick and easy. We had a nice lunch, enjoyed looking at boats in the marina and just hanging around.

The following day we visited the Tre Kronor mentioned above, Historiska Swedish History Museum and the Army Museum. All were good.

Our last part day we visited the photography museum. Surprisingly we caught the Salgado exhibit which we had already seen in Paris in November. I think they were showing more pieces in Sweden because they had more space, but I could be wrong. They had two other, smaller exhibits. It was good. We also wandered around Soldermalm a little bit and had a great lunch near one of the subway stations. I would have liked to spend more time in Soldermalm to explore, but that’s not how things worked out.

General observations: Food is good but expensive. Drinking is very expensive.

The train to/from the airport is very good. It is faster than a car or taxi and cheaper. Due to logistical concerns I took a taxi from the airport to the apartment in Stockholm. Researching this we heard that there are better and worse taxi services. Given the overall level of orderliness I found in Stockholm I was kind of surprised that this would be a notorious problem. We went with Taxi Stockholm, and they were very good.

Stockholm was very easy to navigate as an English speaker since it seems pretty much everyone is very fluent in English. Also the city is neat, clean and orderly. I did not feel concerns about personal safety, street crime, etc. That is not to say I was careless, but it did not seem like much of a problem compared to other large cities.

Overall it’s a beautiful European city. There is a lot of history. There are a surprising number of museums given the size of the city and country. We enjoyed our stay. I would like to come back to Sweden and spend some time hiking in the outdoors. Hopefully sooner than later.

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