We travelled to Stockholm last week for a wedding. We decided to make a bit of a holiday of it since we were going all that way so stayed for five nights. I could easily have stayed longer but probably best that we didn’t as we ran out of money by the last day. Lovely place but rather pricey!
We stayed in a place called Langholmen Hostel, an old converted prison which was last used as such in the seventies. This meant that our room was a little bit cramped, but it was a fun place to stay. Also, the breakfast was good and plentiful – which was great as we could fill up and not spend as much on food the rest of the day (well – in theory anyway).
Food was generally good, but quite expensive for us.
*My favourite place we ate at was an all-you-can eat Vegetarian buffet place called Hermans, which had fab views of the city.
*Another good find was Siam Thai restaurant in Gamla Stan (the old town), which was really tasty.
*I also particularly enjoyed the giant ice cream I had in Gamla Stan, which consisted of three big scoops of ice cream in a waffle cone, with a giant Snowball on top – yum (and yes of course I managed to eat all of it).
In between eating we:
* Went to Skansen, an open-air museum sort of like St Fagans National History Museum outside Cardiff – but with added bears!
*Visited the Vasa Museum, which displays a salvaged 17th century which sank on its maiden voyage after less than a nautical mile – fail! Still, makes for an impressive museum piece.
*Saw The Smittens – who are generally a bit too twee even for my liking, but seemed to fit better in sunny Stockholm.
*Resisted buying a record called Feline Groovy – a compilation of 50s and 60s songs about cats!
*Attended Jonny and Astrid’s wedding which was lovely! It’s great when a weddinG reflects the couple so well, which I’m glad to say is true of most weddings I’ve been to. (Plus Swedish wedding ceremonies are the way to go – it only took about five minutes!)
*Went to the Museum of Modern Art – was particularly struck by the Clay Ketter exhibition. “My work is banal, but that’s okay”.
*Became jealous of everyone with a holiday home in the Stockholm archipelago.
*Generally wandered around and had a lovely time! It really is a nice city.
Here’s a map just in case anyone happens to be lucky enough to be going there soon.