Touristing in Stockholm

There’s something so special about having people visit you in your hometown. You get to experience it in their eyes and when they walk around saying wow to how beautiful it is, it does make you appreciate the beauty you sometimes forget or take for granted. I’ve become a lot more appreciative of Stockholm’s beauty since I left. I never really took the time to appreciate how special and stunning this city is but now when I visit I see it with entirely different eyes.

Whilst Jamie, Luke and Lea were here, Jamie and I of course wanted to show Lea and Luke around. It was so nice hearing Jamie explaining all about Stockholm that I so long ago explained and showed to him when he first came here with me years ago. He even has his favourite places by now which he promptly wanted to show like Djurgården. It was really amazing seeing how proudly and excitedly (is that a word?) guided his mum and brother through our walks around the city.

We also went to two museums whilst they were here. The first one, the Vasa Museum. It’s been on my list to take Jamie to for forever so I was thrilled when we finally had a chance to go. The entire museum is about a warship built here in Stockholm in the 1600s that sank almost immediately when it set sails here in the archipelago. The Jamie and Luke turned into two little boys saying it was like a pirate ship and running off wanting to learn more. I think if we hadn’t gone just over an hour and a half before close we would’ve probably been there for a lot longer! Lea really loved it as well. I hadn’t been for years so I really loved walking around the exhibition and polishing up on my Swedish history. The ship is absolutely incredible and the fact that it was still all in such great shape when they managed to get it out of the water in the mid 20th century was all down to the mix of fresh and salt water we have here. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in Stockholm!

We then of course had to go to the Old Town, “Gamla Stan” and show them the cosy little cobbled streets and lanes. It was very bizarre experiencing it so quiet. I’ve never seen it so dead before! We passed the Royal Castle and went to the second museum of the trip, The Royal Armoury (Livrustkammaren). I’ve taken Jamie there before and it has to be one of my favourite museums in Stockholm. The royal family here in Sweden has been incredible at saving important items throughout the years. For instance they have the exact outfit of one of the kings who got shot that still has blood on it from about 300 years ago as well as the assassin’s weapon and bullet. They also have the bloody sheets, which they wrapped another dead king in. Haha sounds like I’m obsessed with blood now, I actually can’t stand blood but the fact they thought, let’s save these bloody sheets for our archives, is so interesting. Perhaps not the most hygienic thing in the world haha! It’s very surreal standing there in front of these items such as beautiful carriages, armours, weapons, dresses, jewels and so much more and thinking, these items were there 300-400 years ago as part of the history we read about in books today. Unfortunately parts of the exhibit had been taken out as they are renovating for the museum’s 390th birthday next year when they’re opening a new exhibition. The next museum on my list to visit is the Abba museum. I still haven’t been!

So what’s happening today? I haven’t been to the gym since Thursday as I woke up yesterday with a sore throat, again. Just when I thought it was going in the right direction it took a very sharp turn back. It’s feeling better today so fingers crossed I’ll be back at it soon! I’m meeting my aunt Jenny today for some breakfast and then I’m going to see my mormor with my aunt and cousins. Hopefully I’ll have time to see my friend Elise too later on today as well. It’s a constant puzzle trying to fit everyone in but I’m trying my very best!

Hope you have a lovely day, M xxx

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