Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Day 2 - continued.

We are checking out of the hotel soon, so this is just a quick summary of yesterday so we don't forget. I will flesh it out later...

Morning - wondered around the old part of Stockholm - walked over to Gamla Stan beside railway. Saw duck on ice doing a poo. Holly started day long obsession with leaving her mark in any unspoiled patch of snow we saw (I didn't do too badly myself). Found a little cafe and had a lovely hot chocolate. Walked around Gamla Stan a bit more.

Went to royal palace and bought a combination ticket. Went to state rooms, amazing palace, huge rooms, beautifully decorated, lots of paintings, sculpture, tapestries, etc.

Went to Royal armoury, saw carriages, weaponry, clothing from many ages of Swedish royal family. Also saw a special shoe exhibition including Marlyn Monroe's pumps and Fred Astaire's dancing shoes!

Then went to a little bar for some aperitifs - kir royale and grand mimosa. Then to the six tuns cellars restaurant for a medieval themed feast - thin marinated elk with lingonberries for me and pickled herring with cheese for Holly, a shared block of rib meat with sauerkrout, bread and soft cheese, and to finish a wonderful saffron pancake (block of!) with cloudberry and cream. It was wonderful, all washed down with some Swedish beer!

Then a short walk back to the Hotel, a wonderful soak in the bath and a lazy evening just reading and relaxing.

This morning we have been packing, sorting things out and getting ready for the train. Breakfast was salmon and eggs for both of us - mine poached and Holly's scrambled. Now we are off to see the crown jewels and have a bit of a day around Stockholm before catching the train.

More to follow soon!



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