The Sights of Old Stockholm

Trip Start Aug 23, 2008
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Trip End Sep 09, 2008


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Flag of Sweden  , Stockholm,
Monday, September 1, 2008

Stockholm, Sweden is a city comprised of 14 islands with multiple bridges connecting them all.  Since we were only here for one day, we focused our attention on the Gamla Stan, or the Old Town.  Cobblestone streets wind around this island which includes the Royal Palace. 
 
We started our tour at the Royal Palace, passing the Finnish Church and visiting the cutest little statue in Sweden.  This little guy has quite a following, during the cooler months he is kept warm by a scarf or a hat and may be one of the most successful panhandlers in this neck of the woods. 
 
Jim met a man in this courtyard who asked him if he spoke Swedish, he replied that he did not - in Swedish of course - that he was an American who spoke English.  The next question was...McCain or Obama.  Jim gave his answer and the man said he had been conducting his own poll when people passed through the courtyard and based on his results, McCain would be our next president.  We had a difficult time dragging Jim away from him, he was a very interesting man - but then we were off to the oldest square in Stockholm.
 
Stortorget is now the home of the Nobel Museum which here awards the Nobel Prize for Literature each year.  If you see in the photos a building with white stones on the fašade - These stones represent the people that were killed in this square in the year 1520.
 
We spent most of the day window shopping - looking for a Pippi Longstocking book for Alli - which we did find.  It was a bit cool today and Jim ended up heading back to the ship early - Roseann and Glen went off to do some more shopping and I spent another hour browsing around before I headed back too.  There really wasn't enough time to take on a different part of the city for exploration - but we were satisfied with the time we spent in the Gamla Stan.
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tmctagg
tmctagg on

Look for old friends
If you were there after the election you might find Donna McCormick there as I think she may leave the country. Just kidding. I do think that she and Bud were there on one of there trips. I have taken note that Jim is either not letting you film his gelato eating or he is on a diet. I personally think he is hiding it as he looks good. When is the trip to Africa? You have been to so many wonderful places that I have to assume some place like South Africa would be on the adgenda. I bet Jim could find you a diamond there. Ooops!!!

5025
5025 on

Stockholm
Another nice entry in your TravelPod.
That one little house on the island shouldn't take too long to clean!

Mom

susanthomas
susanthomas on

my friends the world travelers
it is so much fun to see you both having sooooo much fun. keep up the good work. you guys are doing what retirement should be!

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