Stockholm Day 1

For many years I have wanted to visit Sweden.  After all, what’s not to like from the country that has blessed us all with Abba, Bjorn Borg, Wallander, Stieg Larsson (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Peter Hoeg (Miss Smilla), Pippi Longstocking, the Nobel Prize, Ikea, Saab, Volvo,  H&M, Absolut, Ingmar Bergman and so on.

Harvey and I arrived in Stockholm last night and caught the Arlande Express train in to the city centre.  It was so luxurious I worried we were in First Class.inside Arlande Express It had lovely wooden trim, shutters and the seats were like arm chairs.  It was easy to find the station, buy tickets and board the train.   It only took 20 minutes to arrive in the centre of Stockholm and it was then a 10 minute walk to our hotel.  I would definitely recommend it as a way to get to the City centre from the airport.Arlande Express So far we are very happy with the hotel as it is stylish and comfortable.Scandinavian Design In the evening this area is part of the bar but by day you can enjoy lunch or breakfast here.inside Clarion Hotel Sign Breakfast is included in our room rate so we ate our fill and I had a 3 course breakfast.  Course one was muesli with mango yogurt, fresh melon, pineapple, pink grapefruit and orange with coffee.breakfast part 1 Course 2 was a small sausage, peppers, a potato, scrambled egg, cornichons, sprouts, cucumber, 2 types of herring, beetroot, tuna, smoked salmon, turkey and ham.breakfast part 2 Course 3 was 2 crisp breads, 3 slices of cheese, sprouts, cornichons, beetroot and tuna.  They were very small portions of each  but it added up to one huge breakfast, the intention of which was to keep me going all day.  Which it did !breakfast part 3 Harvey also had multiple courses.H having breakfast Stockhom It was drizzling when we left the hotel so we went shopping for a bit.Iris Hantwerk Scandinavia is renowned for its design and there were so many beautiful shops to look in.  This was one of my favourites.Inside Hartwerk If I had more space in my luggage our blankets at home would have been upgraded for sure.Swedish blankets Moomins.Moomins A huge sweet shop.H in Swedish sweet shopI have been enjoying the language here but I have no idea what most of it means.  A Puffar Jordgubb anyone?
Puffar Jordgubb Chocolate is more my temptation than sweets but I didn’t have anything although Harvey enjoyed a bag of sweets.Swedish chocolate We shopped and pottered about and then ended up in Gamla Stan, the Medieval part of Stockholm.  To get in to Gamla Stan, which is on one of Stockholm’s 14 Islands, you go over a bridge and another small island.

looking at Gamla Stan just inside Gamla Stan At this time of year, Gamla Stan is very peaceful.Gamla Stan 8 We wandered up and down most of the little alleyways.Gamla Stan 7 It was such a charming place.Gamla Stan 6 The only stop we made all day was for a coffee in Grandens Cafe.Grandens Cafe This was our little table.coffee shop in Gama Stan The sun popped out, briefly.  Very briefly.Gamla Stan building Most of the shops were fairly touristy but there were also many charming ones such as this handmade sandal shop.sandal shop One of the more tasteful touristy shops.Swedish stuff to buy Mainly we enjoyed being outside and looking at the buildings or cobbled streets.metal shutter metal shutters

H on ramp Street in Gamla Stan This is Marten Trotzig’s Grand, the narrowest street in Stockholm and only 90cm across.Marten Trotzigs Grand Osterlanggatan We came to the end of Gamla Stan, admired the views towards the archipelago and then wandered back to the city centre through different streets in Gamla Stan.

We spotted a Troll relaxing along one of the streets.Troll Luckily he was a friendly one!H and the Troll

statue and fountain in Gamla Stan On Osterlanggattan Bredgrand

One of many charming shops; this one sold wonderful fabrics.Hilda fabric shop We walked up to the Royal Palace and this is the view towards the archipelago.  This is such a picturesque city.outside Royal Palace Royal Palace 3 The statues in recesses in the palace walls were very detailed and I thought it was a shame they were so high up it was hard to see them clearly.Royal Palace 2 Royal palace 1Our last stop in Gamla Stan was Sotortorget, the city square.
Gamla Stan 4 Gamla Stan 3

Hard to imagine this quaint little square was once the scene of a gruesome bloodbath; in 1520, 80-90 people were executed here.

Nobelmuseet Stortorget 1 This is the Svenska Akademien which houses an exhibit about the Nobel prize.

Svenska Akademien Gamla Stan 2 We both loved pottering about Gamla Stan and intend to visit it again before we leave.Gamla Stan 1

Rather than risk being caught in what looked like a heavy downpour, we returned to the  city centre and pottered about in and out of shops.Bjorn Borg Stockholm knotted gunThis is Hotorget, a square with a fruit and vegetable market in it.

Hotorget All the stalls sold the same limited range of fresh produce.fruit and veg stall Stockholm Lingonberrieslingonberries Mushrooms.4 mushroom types pumpkins and gourds After a relax in the hotel we went out for an early supper.  We followed one of the recommendations in the guide book and went to Nalen Restaurang because the guide book said it was reasonable price wise  but mainly because it serves classic Swedish food.

It was AMAZING !!!!

We were given a complimentary mini starter of veal sausage on carrot puree and an interesting bread and crispbread selection with 2 butters: one was normal and the other had been fried and then whipped.  The flavour was incredible.Nalen bread basket This was ok.veal sausage This was fantastic.  We shared a starter of traditional Swedish food.   The portions were tiny and when we cut them in half, there was a mouthful of each piece each but it was a fun way to sample a range of food.  There was pickled herring on potato, smoked reindeer with horseradish, prawn mayonnaise on rye bread, a cheese pie with roe and some smoked salmon in a dill sauce (Gravadlax).  We both enjoyed them all.starters at Nalen I was very proud of Harvey because he tried everything and enjoyed it all too.  I doubt many 12 years olds would be so open minded about trying so many new foods.  He was delightful company and he looked very handsome in his new shirt and trousers we bought in the enormous H&M in the centre of Stockholm.Harvey at Nalen Our main was Swedish meatballs with a cream sauce and perfectly smooth mashed potatoes.Swedish meatballs Served with cucumber and lingonberries.  Every mouthful was an absolute pleasure. The setting was cosy and lively but not too loud, the service was informative and friendly and there was actually nothing I could have improved in any way.cucumber and lingonberries Even the bill wasn’t too horrendous although those big numbers always make me panic a bit.  So by no means a bargain but for the quality and the pleasure, it was worth every penny Kroner.Nalen Restaurang bill

So far Stockholm has been delightful and just as interesting and charming as I was expecting.  I should have visited years ago.

Harvey is choosing what we do tomorrow so I am getting our swimming things prepared as a Harvey choice will involve swimming and animals.

About Lose Weight and Gain Health

Hi! My name is Zoe and I live in Hastings, East Sussex, with my son Harvey and dog, Milton. I have been fighting the fat for years but this time I am serious. I want to lose weight and gain health. This blog is about how I am changing my lifestyle so I can lose weight but not by just "being on a diet" but by making small changes to our lives so that as I lose weight, I gain health. I want my family to be healthy too and never have to struggle with their weight like I have. In common with many large people, I have gained and lost weight many times over the years. This time, I want to lose it and maintain a healthy low weight. I am interested in eating food that is nutrient dense and delicious and that appeals to children and adults. I do not eat animal products so follow a vegan diet. I try to use locally produced food supplemented with what I can grow myself. I support and try to use local farmers markets and farm shops. Another objective is to add more exercise to our days. It sounds so simple when I write it down :-)
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One Response to Stockholm Day 1

  1. laura1952 says:

    Enjoy tomorrow as much as you did today. Thanks for taking us away again on your trip.

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