My first visit to Stockholm was in 2017 and in my pre-Europe vacation style I fit an I Dodson are amount into three days after visiting Helsinki and before Norway. I shared a post of my Stockholm highlights along with features of the Stockholm Royal Palace, the Fotografiska Photography Museum, and my visit to the Drottningholm Palace. Now five years later I had a slower paced long weekend where Mark and I spent nearly five days in the Swedish capital.
This is longer than I usually would have spent but in England this past weekend it was the queen’s Platinum Jubilee which rewarded us with a four day weekend and we took full advantage of it. Unlike many of my travels while we made a lis tof things we were interested in doing we did not book anything besides the flights and hotels until we got to Sweden. This stressed me out a bit as I love to plan things in advance but as there was quite a bit of rain, it actually allowed us great flexibility.
If you compare the photos of my trip five years ago to this Stockholm long weekend you will see many of the places we went to were similar but it was revisit them and it was a different experience going with Mark than by myself. I’m not in a place where I want photos of myself but here are some of the highlights:
Fika at Bröd and Salt on Gamla Stan
The gold library at Drottningholm Palace
One of the gold crowns on Skeppsholmen Bridge
My new friend, a Nordic Bear at the Skansen Zoo on Djurgården
Grand Ballroom at Drottningholm Palace
Colorful homes in Galma Stan, the Old Town
Gardens of Drottningholm Palace
Inside the Vasa Museum on Djurgården
Katarina Kyrka Church in Sodermalm
View of Stockholm from Monteliusvägen
(the supposed view from Mikael Blomkvist’s apartment in The Girl with Dragon Tattoo)
Swedish Meatballs at Stockholms Gästabud and Restaurang Kryp In respectively
Drottningholm Palace, the private residence of the Swedish royal family
One thing that was certainly new on this trip was stopping to enjoy a fika. There are wide variety of definitions to describe exactly what fika is but essentially it is a Swedish custom where people gather to eat, drink, and socalize, usually over coffee and pastries. Such a great tradition!
Which is your favorite shot from our Stockholm long weekend?