Friday, June 18, 2010

Scandinavia was totally awesome!

But I'm so glad to be home.

So as promised, I'm going to post a chronological diary of our trip. Bear with me as my memory is already fading on some of the details.

After a ten our plane ride to Frankfurt and then to Stockholm, we arrived at the first leg of our trip. Our tour guide met us at the airport and bussed us to our hotel. (You can just see the doorway on the right.) His name was Fits and he was incredible.

A retired school professor, he regaled us with a lot of history when we were held captive on long bus rides. I loved his stories and her keen perspective.

We didn't go imediately to the hotel. Instead we enjoyed a siteseeing tour of the overall city of Stockholm before going to the hotel.  We checked in around 3:00 and mom and I were both bushed. We walked the block but did little else until dinner. The hotel fed us a very nice meal of Swedish meatballs and lingonberries. Desert was apple pie. Yummmm.

On June 2, we went to City Hall.  The building boasts over 18-million gilded mosaic tiles. We also went to Riddarholm Church, a 700-year-old monastery housing the tombs of Swedish kings.  We stopped for lunch at a very quaint little restaurant in Old Town. Stockholm is located on a lot of islands and Old Town is one of the islands that has retained some of its Medieval look.

It was fun exploring the cobblestone streets and looking at the old buildings.

We spent the rest of the afternnon taking a one hour sceneic boat tour. I'll post more later.

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