Thank you Stockholm!

6 Apr

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Last weekend saw us in Stockholm to celebrate Andy’s birthday. We both love Scandinavia and have previously visited Finland. Sweden is such a lovely country…interesting…clean and expensive!

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Andy’s birthday falls on March 29th and on that day we went to visit the ABBA Museum. The Museum opened last year and commemorates  super Swedish pop group ABBA who won the Eurovision song contest in 1974. It lived up to our expectations and provided several hours of good fun. The high point of our trip…not that there was a low point!

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The weather was beautiful while we were there. Beautiful blue skies, sunshine and warmth.

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Tree hugging in downtown Stockholm. So many trees here. It seems any spare land is planted with trees. About 50% of the entire country is covered in trees.

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On the Sunday we went to Djurgarden which is the world’s first national urban park. Over 2,500 hectares,  the park contains a mixture of cultural heritage and natural features.  Huge amounts of Oak planted here,  many are hundreds of years old.

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Interesting how this old Oak has been repaired…over the hole a mesh has been placed onto which Oak bark has been stuck on somehow. Ingenious!

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Vast areas of limestone rock  but somehow the trees receive enough nourishment to grow and prosper.

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Love the covered picnic tables! These would be great for our Irish climate.

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Many private houses within the park too. I guess a good bank account would be needed for one of these. This looks straight out of a fairytale.

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Perched on a stony outcrop is this old linseed oil mill. Said to be one of only five remaining in the world today.

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The city is full of public art…both modern and traditional.

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Love this one of two Bears.

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Plenty of naked men sculptures…

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and this strange one in the Old Town area.

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I could say so much more about Stockholm and show so many more pics but suffice to say we both loved it. It’s departing kiss to me was this liquorice ice cream I discovered at the airport. Delicious! I just love liquorice!

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7 Responses to “Thank you Stockholm!”

  1. Mizz Winkens April 6, 2014 at 9:19 pm #

    Looks like you both had a fabulous holiday. Never been to Sweden- it’s on the list though! K

    • bridget April 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm #

      Would highly recommend it. Save plenty of pennies though!

  2. PlantPostings April 7, 2014 at 2:46 am #

    Licorice ice cream, hmmm. I’ve never heard of it and can’t imagine it. Glad you liked it, though, and that you had a pleasant Scandanavian vacation! The scenes of the Oak forests look very similar to my forests here. Thanks for the tour!

    • bridget April 7, 2014 at 5:48 am #

      Liquorice is a flavour I love…not to everyone’s taste I know.

  3. KerryCan April 7, 2014 at 8:58 am #

    What an appealing look at Stockholm! The combination of the old trees and stone and the art works make it look fascinating!

  4. cathsveggies1 April 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    wow…..beautiful pics. I’d say ye both had a great time!

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