Merry Christmas!

Stockholm Travel Blog

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"Worlds tallest Christmas tree"

Have finally arrived, after a seemingly never-ending journey from a muggy Melbourne to an icy Stockhom via London with the requisite airline drama of delayed flights and subsequently missed connections...

Stockholm is cold, dark, and beautiful. It's averaging about -2 degrees this week but no snow, just ice. Christmas lights are everywhere and give it a fairy-tale sort of feel (or is that just jet-lag delirium?). It gets light at about 9, dark by 3, and the general attitude seems to be one of hibernation. Yesterday, Christmas Eve, absolutely everything was shut - including 7/11 and fast food chains - except for an overpriced restaurant called Stockholm Fisk (fish) where I had a tasty meal of fried herring with potato puree and lingonberries before crashing into bed for a 12 hour sleep in my hotel room which looks spookily like one of those display rooms in Ikea.

Went out to a church service this morning at one of the two english-speaking churches in Stockholm, St Peter and St Sigfried. By the time I came out, the sun was at its peak and was starting to descend again! Spent the afternoon wandering around Skansen, a sort of medieval Swedish village, before catching a ferry back to the old town (Gamla Stan) and the hotel.

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Worlds tallest Christmas tree
"Worlds tallest Christmas tree"
Museum
Museum
Towards Skansen
Towards Skansen
St Peter and St Sigfried Church
St Peter and St Sigfried Church
Stockholm Hotels & Accommodations review
Ikea, anyone?
The Nordic Sea is a cheerful, reasonably priced, and immaculately clean hotel in a great location. It's less than 100m walk from the central station- … read entire review
Stockholm
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