After saying an early morning goodbye to Stina and her family, we hopped on a quick flight to Stockholm. It took quite awhile to get into the city and to our hosts house, and then we needed a quick nap to refuel. By early afternoon we were headed into the city center though to meet up with our friend Tim, who had just recently moved to Stockholm. We grabbed lunch and got a taste of downtown, then we explored the old city where we stumbled upon a military band giving a free concert in the square. We snagged a spot at a cafe in the square and enjoyed some drinks while listening to them play some great Abba songs and numbers from famous musicals.
Since the weather was so nice we hopped on a ferry and took a short ride across the busy harbour, getting to catch glimpes of some beautiful buildings and a small amusement park on the waters edge. Then of course it was time for another break for drinks (did I mention how much I love Europe’s cafe lifestyle?).
Some of Tim’s friends were having a cookout and were nice enough to invite us as well, so we made our way over to a beautiful apartment on the water. The apartment had a large communal deck with grills, tables and chairs which is where we set up for the night. The guys made a bunch of food, some meat, potatoes and other grilled veggies, I was quite impressed. We hung out on the deck until it got too cold and we moved inside to watch some Youtube videos. It amazed me how many of the same videos we had all seen, even though we live in very different countries. A shared favorites was ” Mitt Romney Style” and of course we had all seen the Miley Cyrus VMA performance…..
Our second day in Stockholm fell on a Sunday, which to me is BRUNCH DAY. And lucky for me our host was able to recommend a place wth a brunch buffett. I adore brunch and I love buffets, so I was pretty excited to see what was in store for us. They had a delicious array of pastas, salads, meats, cheeses and of course Swedish pancakes (which are quite similar to crepes)- YUM. The brunch was also accomponied by a jazz band, which was a nice touch. Several plates later we headed out to meet up with Tim, and decided to take a boat ride to one of the closer islands. It was actually the last day the island was “open” for the season, and people were definitely taking advantage of this, especially since the weather was perfect. The island was very small, you could walk around it in less than 15 minutes, but it had great views of the water and we saw some gorgeous yachts and sailboats gliding by. We enjoyed the sceneary for a bit, got some ice cream and caught another ferry back into town. The rest of the night we just explored the city a little more and got a low key dinner.
On our last day in Stockholm we went out to an “island” (it´s still connected by both boat and bridge to downtown) called Djurgarden, where we strolled arounbd the garden of Rosendals. We made our way towards the center where they have this absolutey picturesque cafe that serves produce grown in the organic garden surrounding it. We orderd fresh homemade gazpacho, a sandwich and chocolate cake, it was all delicious. I think it was definitely a popular local spot, as almost everyone around us spoke Swedish and there were lots of children and dogs running around throughout the apple orchard next to it. If you’re ever in Stockholm I suggest a trip out to this cafe!
The rest of the afternoon was spent taking a stroll through the city and grabbing coffee (well tea for Toby) before we met up for one last dinner with Tim.
I have to say Stockholm definitely surprised me, all in good ways. As the capital and most populous city in Sweden it has a lot to offer. There is a lot of shopping (be prepared for expensive prices though with the exchange rate), plus many restaurants and cafes. And of course there is great public transportation, which is one of my favorite aspects of Europe in general, so getting around is easy and not too expensive. So if you ever get the chance to take a trip to the Swedish capital, I say go for it, you won´t regret it!