July 01, 2008

A Trip to Stockholm

Last week, I spent a few days with a friend sightseeing in Stockholm, Sweden. I have to admit I wasn't expecting much because I don't hear a lot of stories about travelling in Northern Europe from my friends. But Stockholm turned out to be seriously gorgeous and so comfortable.

The weather was absolutely perfect -it was cool, breezy and sunny. The weather definitely made the whole experience more comfortable and relaxing. Not to mention it made the sky and sea look especially blue for photos!

We first went to the Nobel Museum. Admittingly the exhibition was very short and there wasn't much to see. But there is a video room that plays short videos of past Nobel prize winners (mainly old interview footages.) You can sit there for hours and just watch -the videos are mostly pretty interesting. Coincidentally, we got the timing just right -we went there after 5pm on Tuesday so it was free entrance!

The next day we went to the Vasa Museum. It's basically a display of the old, sunk ship with many supporting displays of the old sailor days. It was definitely interesting to see such an old, authentic ship up close. After seeing the exhibition, we were very grateful we weren't sailors (despite our love for the nautical trend)! Afterwards we went to the Nordic Museum, which was frankly boring and not worth the visit.

Afterwards, we went to the Moderna Museet (Museum of Modern Art). The art there was actually fun and interesting to look at as it was modern and made up of artwork of a variety of medium, such as photography, sculptures and paintings. It's a nice change from looking at old paintings.

On the third day, we ventured out to see the Millesgarden, which is used to be the house of an architect. It's basically an exhibition of an amazing garden, his house and collected art pieces. I loved his garden! The fountain at the centre was absolutely gorgeous -especially with the amazing view behind it. It was so nice and relaxing to just sit there and feel the breeze!

Afterwards we went shopping, or at least we tried to. It turns out that the clothes in Stockholm were expensive, even more so than in London. We checked out NK, one of Stockholm's big department stores and were not impressed by the range of clothes or by how messy the sale was. So we ended up chilling at a park nearby, where a band was performing.

On the last day, we went to the Royal Palace, which is one of those must-see sightseeing spots. It was not a very grand palace (compared to the French or some other European ones) but it was still fun to walk in and around it.

Overall, I think it was just the weather and whole chilled out atmosphere of Stockholm that made it such a fabulous holiday! Seriously, look at the view!

Image Credit: My camera

23 Comments:

Blogger JuliaFuentez said...

so preciouss

7/01/2008 8:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i really appreciate your candid travel posts and the pictures are great; i especially like the last one! stockholm looks very pretty but somewhat lonely--did you find it so?

7/01/2008 10:25 AM  
Anonymous kate said...

Looks gorgeous! I want to study abroad there in a few years.

7/01/2008 11:15 AM  
OpenID DannyDaily said...

lovely but no street fashion shots to share with all of us? you look like you had a splendid job and beautiful pictures! way to go.

love,

danny

http://dannydaily.typepad.com

7/01/2008 12:52 PM  
Anonymous mimi said...

stockholm is fast becoming one of the fashion capitals of the world! like dannydaily, im surprised there were no street fashion shots!

anyway, looks like you had a fabulous time :)

7/01/2008 1:12 PM  
Blogger thatgirl! said...

that last picture is breath taking.

7/01/2008 3:15 PM  
Blogger eighteeneleven said...

What a beautiful place. I want to go there someday!

7/01/2008 5:21 PM  
Blogger The style societe said...

Watch out! You know what can happen to bloggers that visit Stockholm? (R.I.P Stylebytes - man I miss her!)
It looks so beautiful anyway
B x

7/01/2008 6:53 PM  
Blogger Victoria said...

it's great that someone blogs about where i live! you should check out the royal palace and church near to the nobel museum the next time you are there. there are a few quaint little cafes where i live just steps away from nobel museum !

7/01/2008 11:02 PM  
Blogger Tina :) said...

I love Stockholm - I went there about three years ago. I went to the Vasa Museum as well.
Stockholm is such a beautiful place - I love the scenery there. The weather is so nice, too.

7/01/2008 11:45 PM  
Anonymous savvymode said...

it's so pretty. i want to travel more now.

7/02/2008 1:41 AM  
Blogger Samantha said...

beautiful pics...
samantha
http://samanthasplendor.blogspot.com/

7/02/2008 4:51 AM  
Blogger savvyshopper67 said...

I am a huge fan of this store called Susie's Deals!

They carry clothes for everyone, men's, women's, and kids too. I always know that I can walk in to one of their stores a come out with a big bag of really cute stylish stuff for $25! Everything in the store is sold for $5.99 or less and you can even find things that are 2 for $5.99!

I have bought some really nice name brand things at this store and given them to friends and family for Christmas. People have NO idea that these nice items only cost me $5.99 each .. It's Awesome!

I urge you to check them out, because you only have one store on your site that carries clothing and this store appeals to everyone! And they have a web site where you can also shop online or snatch an e-coupon to use at the store, and if you spend $50 the shipping is FREE which is a definite plus!

Their web site is http://www.susiesdeals.com they have store in California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah too.

7/02/2008 5:07 AM  
Blogger Drop a tear in my wineglass said...

Oh, it's my city! I'm so pleased that you liked Stockholm, and you definitely came here at the right time. I would have recommended other museums like the National Mueum (Nationalmuseet) and the Technical Museum (Tekniska Museet) because they're more fun than ordinary mueums. The National Museum also has this little courtyard inside it with a restaurant (that serves amazing crayfish and saffran soup I tell you! Lovely in winter).

And to anonymous, about Stockholm being lonely - if you travel to any capital/ major city by yourself, you're bound to be lonely. The difference between Stockholm and, say, New York, is that people probably aren't as open and approachful in Stockholm as New York. Not to say Stockholmers are silent, lonely, boring people, not at all! But they're not people who come up to tourists and ask them if they want to go to a party with them for example.

To Harrods girl: I hope you checked out the borough Södermalm. It's more likely to find real fashion thrifts there since SoFo (our equivalent to SoHo) features many second hand and independedt shops like Grandpa and Tjallamalla. In Hornstull you can find the market Street which features crafts, fabrics, food and of course clothes at great prices. Visit Stockholm people! The water makes it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. I've been to London for a week and I'm so glad to be home in this lovely city I call my home!

7/02/2008 5:09 AM  
Blogger Allure said...

I'd love to go to Stockholm. The city seems so cool!

7/02/2008 6:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow HG, you're so lucky to be able to see so much of Europe. The photos are absolutely beautiful, especially the last one; the clouds look like they are from a painting. Sunsets always make for gorgeous photos.

7/02/2008 6:25 AM  
Blogger Weekly Blogette said...

SWEDEN LOOKS FANTASTIC
I WOULDNT MIND GOING THERE MYSELF!

7/02/2008 8:48 AM  
Blogger Fashion for food said...

The photo of the ship is incredible. Looks like a good trip.

7/02/2008 2:25 PM  
Anonymous Mer said...

stockholm is fantastic, a shame you missed the fashion week!!

7/03/2008 12:33 AM  
Blogger alis said...

If sweden was a rockstar I'd be it's groupie. I LOVE it!

Did you visit shops like Weekday, Din Sko, Gina Tricot?

7/03/2008 3:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, great blog:)
I live in Stockholm, and I'm happy to hear that you liked it here.
The Nordic museum is terrible, and no the palace isn't anything special...Sweden was never a very rich country in those days so compared to French castles its nothing:)

What have you got to recommend for a 20 year old rockfox from sweden when it comes to clothes? I so need a new wardrobe...

Love,
Lita

7/05/2008 9:02 PM  
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