Capital of my country - Stockholm
Trip Start Jul 13, 1988
37Trip End Jul 03, 2010
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Stockholm is a major international city with great shopping, quality
eateries in abundance, fabulous standard hotels, an internationally renowned
club and music scene and a vibrant cultural life. Where Stockholm comes into its
own however is its sheer, natural beauty.
Stockholm, as a city, is over
700 years old and spreads across 14 islands as it faces proudly out to the
Baltic Sea. You can get to just about all of Stockholm’s many wondrous sites on
foot, which is the perfect way to see the city
that will give you a different facet of Scandinavia’s largest and probably most
To qualify the natural “beauty” of Stockholm, try a
summer morning stroll in Djurgården,
a dip in Lake Mälaren from Norrmälarstrand, or a quiet moment to yourself in
Hagaparken. I love strolling the narrow quaint streets of Gamla Stan (old town), sit down and have a coffee and just people watch.
I love hanging out in Stureplan which is a central square in Stockholm surrounded by hip restaurants, bars, lounges, and nightclubs. People watch is a lot of fun here and the place is just filled with gorgeous people. In the summer there's an open bar in the middle of the square called utecompagniet and that's usually fun for drinks before hitting one of the surrounding clubs. There is a great classic Swedish restaurant called Sturehof there that I like. It's expensive but a trendy hang out with good food and also seating outside and a happening bar scene in there.
The night life changes but Cafe Opera has been a hotspot that's never gone away. Sturecompagniet is another one that's been around for a while that I always somehow end up in.
When I was home last summer I took a boat ride out to Drottningholm where our royal family lives and it's a stunning boat ride when the sun is shining and the castle and castle grounds are magnificent. When I was there a couple of years ago the king drove out of the castle in a Mercedes and another car in tow, wearing a bright orange t-shirt. My friend who was with me visiting from NY couldn't believe it when I told her it was the king himself. Wouldn't happen in America.. In fact had she not been with me she wouldn't even have known it was him.