Stockholm revisited

This year’s trip with Mom was to Stockholm.

The Swedish capital was showing a lovely autumn side when we arrived. We were very lucky with the weather, as it had rained all the way to Stockholm Central Station. Yes, we took the SJ train from Oslo. Such a relief not having to deal with security checks, seat belts, luggage restrictions… and the crew on board were just one big smile.

We do walk a lot on our journeys which means you have a good excuse to sit down now and then with a coffee or a glass of wine, which we certainly did. It felt good to finally be able to enjoy this beautiful city. My previous trip to Stockholm many years ago was very stressful and not a very nice experience. This time the story was different. A sweet one actually, with the taste of cinnamon. It was Cinnamon Bun Day when we were there. October 4th every year, this tasteful day is celebrated and we had to take part, of course!

Left: The Vasa ship. Right: Cinnamon Bun Day!

This lunch at Crème…! Yummy!

We did a little shopping in the Norrmalm and Södermalm area. We made it a proper Swedish day with a visit to the impressive Vasa Museum, the ABBA Museum and then afterwards we ate what must be the city’s best meatballs.

We stayed here:
Hotel Hellstens Malmgård. A manor-like hotel in a quiet corner of Söder.

Best music:
We found the most wonderful blues at the ‘Bluesbar’ in Hornsgatan. We had not planned to go there but when we arrived it just felt right. The volume was at just the right level, one could still talk, without disturbing others, as they enjoyed the music. A really relaxed atmosphere and good mood among those who were there.

A little envious a the girl in the window there. I’d love to sit like that.

Hotel Hellstens Malmgård.

Best view:
Skinnarviksberget, north on Söder. Bring a little snack (a cinnamon bun) while enjoying the view of Stockholm.

Best Lunch:
Cafe Crème in Nybrogatan. When you’re planning to eat a good tuna salad and end up with delicious fried sprouts with polenta pudding and parmesan. Yummy! The menu varies according to the season, so maybe next time the tuna salad will be on the menu.

Best Swedish meatballs:
Ulla Winbladh. Read our article here.

Johan & Nyström in Swedenborgsgatan. Delicious coffee and I love the opportunity to curl up by the windows.

Vasa Museum
It is sort of a must to visit his museum when in Stockholm. The ship has never sailed on the seven seas, it never made it that far. Instead, it sank shortly after launching and in the muddy bottom it was well preserved and can therefore show us a lot about the shipbuilding techniques and decoration of that time. The museum is spacious and very informative.

ABBA museum
ABBA. You can love them or hate them but wow, what a career they had! I had a lot of ABBA music in my childhood and therefore I thought it was wonderful to submerge myself into this museum where I could listen to one hit after another. Mom can remember the four members’ time before ABBA, and there are displays from The Hep Stars (Benny Anderson) and Hootenanny Singers (Bjørn Ulvaeus) here too.

Both museums are located on Djurgården, and this island is truly a gem for Stockholm’s residents. Besides museums, restaurants and the popular Skansen and Gröna Lund, it’s a nice place to just go for a walk and relax.

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  • Det var Benny som var i Hep Stars og Bjørn i Hootenanny. En flott tur i den svenske hovedstaden og jeg skal tilbake. Må jo få med Skansen også som dessverre var stengt for sesongen

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