Stockholm, Sweden Day 103
I LOVE STOCKHOLM! Love it. Love at first sight. Seriously. It is fabulous! It has something for everyone; design, food, shopping, museums, viking ships. Yup, it is pretty cool. I had a sneaking suspicion I would like it here…Abba, Ikea, Swedish meatballs. What’s not to like?
But Stockholm is so much more than that. It’s a really vibrant modern city with a lot of history. It reminds me a little of Vancouver, minus the blonde’s and the viking ships… it’s definitely more multi-cultural than most of the places I’ve been. And the shopping… oh the shopping. I would have the coolest home if I lived here. Oh, and had a lot of money. Yeah, that would help! (: The shops here are like Ikea on crack. So much great design. You can buy a cute gadget for whatever purpose you need. It kind of reminds me a bit of Japanese design as well in that everything is packaged so nicely and is so functional, yet beautiful.
I wanted to go to the Ostermalms Saluhal covered market first because it’s closed on Sunday. It’s nice little market with the usual stuff, like produce, meat, cheese and baked goods. there are also a couple of nice restaurants in there, selling mostly seafood, I think. I say “I think” because A.) I couldn’t read the menu and B.) I couldn’t afford the menu, but from what I saw on the tables it looked like a lot of prawns, fish, lobster and crab. WHY do I have to like the expensive stuff? I’ve now had two grocery store dinners in a row (well, I should say it’s a really nice grocery store.) Tonight I had an open faced sandwich with shrimp. It cost the equivalent of about $18.00 CDN. Ouch. It did have a lot of shrimp on it but still. What would that have cost in a restaurant? A lot more, that is for certain!
Gamla stan AKA Old town Stockholm. It’s on the island of Stadsholmen, which you can get to by walking over a bridge. The town is the oldest part of Stockholm and dates back to the 13th century. I liked it, but it’s pretty over run with tourists and most of the shops there seem to sell the tacky souvenirs and junky stuff. I really enjoyed sitting in Stortorget Square and listening to a guitar player for about 1/2 an hour. The sun had come out (after being misty all day and threatening rain) and I wasn’t the only one enjoying the few rays that fought their way through the clouds.
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