Stockholm Sweden

Trip Start Jan 11, 2007
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Trip End Jan 15, 2010


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Friday, June 22, 2007

The weather in Stockholm was rainy, windy, and in the mid-50s even though it was late June. But, I guess when you are this far north, maybe summer is brief and not too warm. Sailing into the city was beautiful. Stockholm is built on a series of about 13 islands, and the passage to the city by water is up a long archepelago of forest-covered hills. The Swedes have a reputation of being good stewards of the environment and it is easy to see why they show great pride and concern for their country's natural resources.

Our visit to the city coincided with the Midsummers Celebration, which meant that the sun did not set until 11pm, and it came up at 3:30am. Even when it did set, the sky was still an eerie yet beautiful pinkish-grey. Most of the shops in the old section of town, Gamla Stan, were closed because of the Midsummers holiday. However, we did have a chance to explore the Nobel prize museum, with displays on all the Nobel prize winners, and the church just down the street where all Nobel prize winners have been invited to give their speech. Martin Luther King, Jimmy Carter, and many others have spoken in this church, and the church also contains a famous statue made of bones and antlers of St. George slaying the dragon.
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