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  • Day60

    Stockholm die 2.

    August 31, 2017 in Sweden

    Als alter ABBA-Fan war natürlich klar, dass ich das ABBA-Museum besuchen musste. Mein Ticket hatte ich für heute reserviert und das Wetter passte hervorragend zu einem Museumsbesuch: es regnete. Ich hatte also alles richtig gemacht. Die Ausstellung war interessant genug, um mich dort über zwei Stunden aufzuhalten. Man konnte selbst aktiv werden: singen, tanzen, Tonspuren mischen und sich um einen Platz in der Band bewerben. Um es kurz zu machen: sie haben mich nicht genommen. ;-)
    Nach dem Museumsbesuch nahm ich die Fähre von Djurgården rüber zur Gamla Stan und schlenderte noch ein wenig durch die Stadt. Aber eigentlich hatte ich das Gefühl, genug gesehen zu haben von Stockholm. Jedenfalls für den Moment. Also fuhr ich zurück zum Campingplatz, um noch ein wenig auszuruhen und nochmal Wäsche zu waschen. Ich kann es drehen und wenden wie ich will. Die Socken reichen einfach nicht für die letzten fünf Tage...
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  • Day26


    September 15, 2016 in Sweden

    Um doch noch einen Elch in Schweden zu sehen, gingen wir in das Freilichtmuseum Skansen. Dort konnten wir viele weitere Tierarten ansehen wie zum Beispiel Eulen, Bären, Luchse, Seerobben oder auch einen Wolf. Es gab neben den Tieren auch noch weitere schöne Attraktionen zu sehen, die das alte Schweden wiederspiegeln.🇸🇪Read more

  • Day236

    Delightful Stockholm

    July 22, 2016 in Sweden

    Wow, what a wonderful city Stockholm is! We have both really enjoyed experiencing what this place has to offer, even if only for a couple days. First, to wrap up Norway...

    When we last wrote we were preparing to head to Flam via ferry. We got to see the area of the Sognefjord upon which Arrendelle from Disney's Frozen was based. You can definitely see the resemblence between this area of the fjord and the artistry in the movie, though there wasn't much snow at the time. Notably, the animators really did something right with the imagining of the trolls in the movie by combining the look of the traditional troll character in Norway with the distinct colors of the moss and rockface in the fjord. Rachel was waiting for the boulders to break out in song at times. Anyway, we spent a nice afternoon in Flam. However, we discovered that there are limited options for affordable activities there. We were interested in kayaking but it turns out that without a Norwegian kayak license, you are required to hire a guide, which made the cost prohibitive. We searched the (very small) town for other boat rentals and eventually found the one canoe that is for rent in town; none of the motor boats in the marina were rentable, apparently (though we would've loved to explore the fjord in one of those). The canoe was on the smaller side, so the group consensus was for Cindy and Nick to have some mother-son time and go out on the canoe together while Scott and Rachel stayed on dry land. Nick had a great time exploring the fjord with his mom and getting back to nature. They returned just in time to see the giant cruise ship leaving the small harbor; it was possibly bigger than the town itself.

    The following day we rode on the scenic Flam Railway and then continued back to Oslo. The Flam Railway was really fun and beautiful; we highly recommend it! It connects you to the Oslo-Bergen lines so is easily accessible if you are seeing the country by either train or ferry. We met a pair of Norwegians who were taking the train up and then doing the three day hike back down to Flam. Many visitors also bike down the trail which is a one day trip. This sounded like something that would be fun to do if we can make it back to Flam one day! After arriving back in Oslo, we went to Vigeland Sculpture Park, the largest park in the world where all of the sculptures are created by the same artist. We brought a picnic and joined the Norwegians under the trees (it sprinkled on and off) to enjoy the evening. It was very beautiful and a must-see for anyone going to Oslo.

    The past two days we have been back in Stockholm, Sweden. It has been very cool to actually get to see the city (we were only here for about 8 hours overnight at the beginning of this week). We checked out the Vasa Museum on the day we got back and learned the very interesting story of a formerly lost ship that was eventually found and extracted from the sea floor in the 1960s. It was quite intriguing to learn about the errors made in building this ship and the historical context. As amateur students of art, culture, and archaeology, there were many displays that interested us. The museum included a free guided tour as well as free audio guides if you bring your wifi-enabled device and headphones. Very cool.

    Yesterday was definitely a highlight of the trip. We got to sleep in (which is always nice!) and then went on an adventure with Cindy and Scott on their last day in town. The four of us rented bicycles and rode around the Djurgarden area of Stockholm. There is a ton of green space as well as many trails and marinas to explore. It was a very bike-friendly as well as pedestrian-friendly park with so much to see, including forests, fields, old houses, canals, geese, ducks, cows, and horses. We got ice cream at one of the marinas and talked to some of the Swedes about their dogs (everyone seems to have a small pet dog they bring everywhere!). We really enjoyed the afternoon. For the evening, we found a small pub with decent happy hour prices right on the water in Gamla Stan, in/near the old town area of Stockholm. We snagged some seats on the front patio and watched the sunset over the canal with dinner and drinks. It was really a lovely evening, and we were lucky to have a lot of quality time and conversation with Cindy and Scott. Thanks for a great trip in Scandanavia, you two!
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  • Day3

    Landed in Sweden

    July 26, 2017 in Sweden

    I really am impressed by people who travel with their children. Friends Sandie and Mel have done this recently. It's hard enough looking after yourself, sleeping, eating and drinking for 21+ hours. But we made it - our holiday has started and a healthy breakfast will get me going.

    This is how we travelled. First, the Virgin flight out of Hobart was 30 mins late - why are we not surprised? Melbourne departure lounge was under renovations [again] making it hard for Mary to shop ... Singapore Airlines were terrific - stewards were very friendly and helpful. We had been flying for sometime when Mary looked over to me following the flight path - we have just passed Adelaide ... only 8 more hours to get to Singapore. It always gets to me how long it takes to leave Australia [about 6 hours to cross over Broome]. Singapore airport was great for shopping, lovely and clean. Then we took off for Moscow. Those crazy Russians use the full alphabet for place names, but they mainly concentrate on the letters at the end of the alphabet. I can try to work out names with 2 or 3 sylables ... but names like ZHEZKAZGAN make it hard.

    Moscow airport was disappointing for two reason - dirty and messy for a start, but poorly organised. We got off our flight, were given Transfer Cards, and about 200 of us had to go down, around, back again without leaving the concourse, but still had to line up at one counter, 5 others were not manned, to check in and go through three passport checks and scanners again. Phew!

    Arrived in Stockholm carrying Vegemite, Tim Tams and Wagon-wheels and not a customs officer in sign in the "items to declare line - went straight through.

    The Pop house Hotel is great, who would have thought we would stay here - a couple of Super Troupers, what's that music I hear ...?

    I went to bed early, Mary went out partying with Grace - breakfast finished, now I'm off to explore Stockholm and then go to a midsummer party tonight!

    Had my first beer, a Visby Lager - made in Gotland, not bad but hope for better.
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  • Day4

    Eat, Drink and enjoy the Culture

    July 27, 2017 in Sweden

    You have to love hotel breakfasts. Travelling for work can be lonely and boring - the saving grace is often only the a magnificent breakfast buffet. Usually, an overworked head waiter meets you at the "please wait to be seated" post, takes you to the worst seat in the room, pours you a coffee, explains nothing then heads off never to be seen again apart from darting around the room. Here its free and easy. Heaps of food options and everyone so helpful.

    After a look around the local area we took a tram then a bus to the Kaknäs Tower. This is breaking the golden rule of restaurants, the better the view and higher the dining room, means the food is overpriced and service is lacking. This was not the case here, great views of Stockholm [so flat like many big cities - compared with Hobart], good value food and excellent service. Getting there wasn't so easy. On the bus we were so busy talking, we missed our stop. Realising this Grace asked the driver and he agreed we had missed it and so we decided to get off and catch a bus back to where we needed to go. Waiting, waiting and who should turn up? The same bus and bus driver on the return trip. Laughs all around.

    In the evening we had the pleasure of a Mid Summer party held for Grace and friends as she had missed the party on the correct date because she was in Hobart. We went to Osterskar which was about a 1 1/2 hour drive out of Stockholm - a beautiful location and a lovely house on the water's edge. We were served all the traditional foods and of course Schnapps ... including the "moon shine"version. Lots of singing, including a fantastic performance by Manuelle and Marjan of the song they wrote that won Manuelle the Eurovision Song Contest for Slovenia!!

    Coming home, we were trying to catch the 12:30am tram - rushing a bit when Mary had a fall. Face first into the pavement. One of the worries about travelling - being injured. Luckily Mary just has bad bruising on her elbow nose and knees - a bit of TLC will fix.

    Might need to slow down a bit tomorrow - going to Manuelle's concert tomorrow night - that should be a highlight.

    BTW, had a Pop House beer - I'm not big fan of craft beers - but the Mariestads I had for lunch was very good - much like off tap draft beers back home. Cheers
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  • Day5

    Our brush with fame ...

    July 28, 2017 in Sweden

    We are settling into the Stockholm system of buses, trams, trains and boats and so today headed off by ourselves to do some shopping and sightseeing.

    Thought we might go the the Vasa museum - where they have restored a huge viking ship. We made the novice mistake of not booking online first - the queue was miles long and so we walked past - we'll go back another time.

    First stop was the telco shop to get Mary a prepaid mobile card. Always easy, go into the shop, hand your phone over to the youngest person and let them do it all. I said before how expensive it is in Australia for mobile calls and data plans - so cheap over here $16 for a prepaid card with 200 calls [no minute limit] 200 SMS and 0.5Gb of data - lasts 1 month.

    Had to buy some Princess Cake [green icing] and a real treat. Caught the tram back, Mary and I became separated by the crowd, but we both knew where to get off - so all's good.

    The big event for today was going to see Manuella and Marjan - winners of the Slovenian Eurovision Song Contest and good friends of our niece Grace. Manuella Brechko is a superstar in Slovenia and has moved to Sweden to launch her international career, as Molly would say "do yourself a favour and have a listen"

    It was a fantastic night with world class music and performance, plenty of drinking and laughing and home by 1pm for us oldies. This was something we were not expecting and we are feelling blessed.

    Stuck to the same beers today - might try something new tomorrow and its off to the ABBA Museum.

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  • Day6

    Those bloody Danes ...

    July 29, 2017 in Sweden

    I think we have set the record for being last at breakfast. While staff are clearing the buffet each day, Mary & I have been trying to grab the last remaining remnants of fine Swedish breakfast fare. One thing - we are consistent, and we do need to pace ourselves, not being as young as we used to be..

    The was a light shower today when we went to see the Vasa Museum. Luckily Mary took her new water proof jacket - it worked perfectly. Mary was able to stand in the rain for 40 minutes as the queue moved towards the door, While I stood under cover in the foyer [noice].

    What a story the Vasa is ... built in 1626 over three years by 400 men using over 1,000 oak trees. A beautiful ship that only ever sailed 1,300 metres before it keeled over and sunk in the harbour. Apparently, the danish captain or the danish designers or the danish builders were to blame, however, the Swedish King agreed to everything, so no-one was held responsible.

    300 years later she was raised [in 1961] almost completely intact - there are low salt levels in the Baltic Sea - even the sails, after 300 years under water were intact. A good museum - I really enjoyed it.

    After lunch, and a very enjoyable Mohawk IPA, it was time to go to the ABBA Museum. Not expect to be my thing, but something Grace and Mary would enjoy. As it turned out I really had a great time. It was fascinating to hear the stories behind ABBA and they way they made their music. I even tried to sing their songs - way out of tune as you could imagine, but I tried.

    It was always going to be an early night this Friday [we had been up until 2am most nights before]. There is an Irish Pub around the corner with good wholesome food - a bit American in fact, and I rounded off the evening with a couple of Bishops Fingers - life is good.

    Tomorrow after listening to the football [Geelong 123 defeated Carlton 58], we are off on a cruise around the Archipelago and a visit to the old city. Then we head off to London early on Sunday.

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  • Day12

    4 Museums in a Day

    December 29, 2017 in Sweden

    The day was long and the light was short. We visited 4 different types of museums today all very interesting. Abba the Museum was first. It was fun learning about Abba's lives and their road to stardom. The museum had a few interactive activities including, karaoke, dancing on stage with Abba and mixing the sound for one of their songs. We then went to Vasa Museum which provides a detailed account of a ship which sunk when it was first launched in 1628 and how it was raised and restored in the 1960's. Third was more like a little children's fun place called Junibacken where we rode a story train through chapters of a story by Astrid Lindgren. The last museum, Swedish History Museum, for the day was only a quick visit as it was closing 45min after we arrived so we just visited the Viking section where we viewed artefacts from the Viking era.Read more

  • Day3

    Vasa, Djurgarden, Saluhal...

    September 28, 2017 in Sweden

    Habt ihr schon mal etwas von der Vasa gehört? Klingt wie Knäckebrot...
    Auf der Insel Djurgarden gibt es das Vasa Museum. Die Vasa ist ein altes Kriegsschiff aus dem Jahr 1628, mit einem traurigen Schicksal.
    Das größte und stärkste Kriegsschiff ihrer Zeit sollte es werden, 64 Kanonen hatte sie an Bord.
    Zu ihrer Jungfernfahrt am 10.08.1628 schafft sie genau 1300 Meter und ..... versank.
    1956 fand man sie im Hafenbecken wieder, die Bergung dauerte noch mal bis 1961. 333 Jahre lag sie im Wasser und war fast vollständig erhalten. Da die Luft "tödlich" war für das alte konservierte Holz, wurde sie 17 Jahre lang "behandelt"/ besprüht, damit das Holz nicht zerfällt. Ich hab vergessen womit. Gemerkt habe ich mir, der Stoff ist auch in heutigen Creme's und Lotionen enthalten. Ich sage nur Restauration 😳, ich "behandle" mich auch täglich, damit ich nicht zerfalle 😂.
    Seit 1990 kann man die Vasa in einem eigens dafür gebauten Museum bewundern. Inclusive, der in ihr gefundenen Alltagsgegenstände, alles sehr gut erhalten. Ein Querschnitt durch alle Gesellschaftsschichten des 17.Jahrhunderts.
    Beeindruckend die Größe des Schiffs mit ganz tollen Verzierungen.
    Das Museum ist allerdings ein furchtbar hässliches Gebäude, die Geschichte darin aber spannend und interessant. Gibt auch Wissenswertes über den Schiffbau in dieser Zeit.

    Bevor ich auf die Insel Djurgarden gefahren bin, habe ich mir heute ein Fahrrad gemietet, um nach meinem Museumsbesuch die Insel mit dem Rad zu erkunden.
    Neben dem Vasa Museum gibt es hier noch das ABBA Museum und den Freizeitpark, den ich von meiner Kajüte aus sehe. Die beiden habe ich ignoriert. ABBA gab es auf die Ohren und einmal um die Insel rum, fast immer am Wasser lang, bei tollem Herbstwetter.
    Unterwegs trifft man auf viele kleine Café's oder Restaurants. Hübsche kleine Häuser und stilvolle Villen. Letztere gesichert wie Fort Knox.
    Meine Stärkung habe ich mir dann in Stockholms Markthalle "Saluhall" im Stadtteil Östermalm abgeholt. Lecker frische Sachen. Viel Fisch und auch Elchfleisch. Nicht so touristisch überlaufen.
    Die eigentliche alte Markthalle wird gerade saniert, das "Provisorium" befindet sich direkt gegenüber.
    Östermalm wirkt sehr elegant mit breiten Straßen, der Stadtteil der Schönen und Reichen. Hier findet man zum Shoppen auch alle Marken für den großen Geldbeutel.
    Last stop today - Kastellet Stockholm. Kleine Burg aus dem 17. Jh. auf einer sehr kleinen Insel, auf die ich jeden Morgen aus meinem Fenster schaue. Da war ich natürlich neugierig. Sehr gut erhalten, in einer tollen Farbe, kann man sie heute für Events mieten. Toller Blick von dort auf Stockholm.
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  • Day3

    Spaziergang auf Djurgarden

    July 15, 2018 in Sweden ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Nach soviel Kultur im Vasa Museum ging’s raus an die frische Luft zum Spaziergang in den Grünanlagen der Insel Djurgarden. 🌷🦆
    Das WM-Endspiel Frankreich - Kroatien haben wir uns natürlich nicht entgehen lassen und in einer Beach Bar angeschaut. 🏆⚽️ Zum Dinner gab es heute Köttbullar. 😋🇸🇪

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