We saw some moose,reindeer, elk and a really good brown bear enclosure
. There was 2 different bear enclosures with the first having a mother with her 3 cubs that we now over a year old. There were more adolescent than cubs and we got some good video footage of them play fighting with each other. The other enclosure had the younger cubs which were of course just happy little bundles of fur that were scratching around looking cute. Normally Lizzie doesn't like zoo's but the animals here looked pretty happy and content and well fed.
The restaurant served up some quality food at lunch and Kenny finally got to have Swedish meatballs. They say the Swedish meatballs are better in Sweden! We also noticed all the fathers with babys at lunch. Must be all on paternity leave! Quite surreal to watch.
We then headed to the Vasa Museum. more on this soon...
Nice morning again and we took the number 1 bus into town and headed towards the island of Djurgarden. To get there we walked along the harbour side street by the harbour which has a distinctly grand feel to it. All the buildings have a strong architectural presence and according to the guides this promenade was built in the mid 1800's to spruce up the historically poor part of town. The buildings now have a great view over the harbour, with some enjoying over 20 rooms in each apartment! We headed to the oldest open air museum in the world, Skansen. It occupies over 300,000 m2 and was created back in 1891 as industrialisation increased and there were fears that much of the heritage, buildings and way of life in Sweden would be lost. Artur Hazelius who created it, took actual buildings from all over Sweden and transported them to Skansen. Today, there is a Sami camp, zoo, town quarter, allotments and farmsteads.