The best day in Stockholm
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May 29th, 2008 – by: tirsomaldonado
When I got to the airport, there was hardly people. Everything very clean and organized. I took a fast train to T Centralen and from there I took the subway.
At 11pm or so I got to the hotel and I met my friend Nacho! Hahah he is the funniest guy! when I got to the bar he was there waiting for me and reading a huge book, well, that is what I thought! He bought Harry Potter on an audio book, so he had the book on his hands but he was not reading it, he was listening to it! How funny is that! People surprises me some times hahha
Now it is 6am, but it is soooooo sunny already! We had light until almost 11pm and at 4 it was already sunny.
I just fell in love with this city! So far I would say that it is on my first three top cities in the world.
After the gym we got the bus to get the subway to T-Centralen. From there we walked to the Tourism Information office to get a map as my Lonely Planet´s was very poor. It is located very close from the Royal Palace, it is right on Kungsträdgärdsg street. It is on a nice square with tons of coffee places all around. From the station to the tourism office we stopped to have breakfast in a cool place with tables facing the street (I will publish some photos).
Well, I waited until 11 am so I could satisfy my craving! Nacho left to attend his first meeting so I started my city tour. First thing I did was to cross Riksbron Bridge towards Gamla Stan. First thing you come across is the Royal Palace although I did not spend to much time visiting it and I just followed Västerlängg Street until the end of it. On the way I found hundreds of coffee places, restaurants and little stores with all souvenirs you can think of.
Some of the streets crossing Västerlängg were just so tiny, not even one meter wide! And I could not believe the number of restaurants with tables outside. You may thing that being such a cold country in the winter people will stay more at home, but I was totally wrong. People enjoy the street, and it is packed of people enjoying the good weather and atmosphere all over the city.
Sodermalm Island is easty to locate, as it is and the end of Västerlängg. You can see at the distance a huge elevator with the name of Katarinahissen. You pay 10 crowns and it takes you to one of the nicest spots to get views from the city the city. Once I was done with it, I turned back to Gamla Stan and went to a beautiful restaurant on the east of the island.
Once I finished my lunch I went straight to Vasamuseet in Djurgärden Island. There you find a ship that sunk in 1628 leaving the port. It seems to be that the ship was not very well designed and the weight of all its ornaments and canons made it sunk. The ship was underwater for more than 300 hundred years until they found it and were able to rescuit it in the fifties. It is in quite good conditions and I must say it is impressive. I recommend you to visit it, it is a must stop! Inside they have a movie theatre and I was so tired that I fell asleep.
From the museum I went straight to the Opean Museet where I had to meet Nacho! We decide to take a boat trip around the islands. You have two different routes, but we just chose a 1h tour from “Stockholm Sightseeing”. It looked one of the best boats around. Woaw, what a beautiful trip we took. We ended up outside in the deck having a small bottle of red wine from Chile!. We took many photos but the funniest one is when Nacho put on the “Filemón” mask. Check the photos, they are hillarious! As it was after six when we got back we went to have a nice dinner at a place I saw in the morning.
Fom there we headed to an awesome chillout bar in Djurgärden. Woaow, that place was just amazing. It is next to Vasamuseet, its name is Josefina. You cannot miss it, it is another key place when visiting the city. There we ordered a nice and cold bottle of white wine and we spent some time chatting and enjoying the views. Of course we took some more photos with the “Filemón” mask ☺ And we met this bartender from the south of Spain, his name was José.
And then, Thursday’s hightlight! We went to the Ice Bar! It took us a while to find it, as nobody knew exactly where it was and they gave us wrong directions a couple of times. So you dont get lost, go towards T-Centralen and when you are there, you will find it very close from the Arlanda Express Station. Just ask for the Nordic Sea Hotel. It is right inside the hotel. Well, well, well… what an amazing experience! I am writting a review about it. You will love it, don´t miss it even if you think it is too touristic! Do it! At 1am they closed the bar, so we headed back to the hotel.
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