A trip to Stockholm : Day 2

I remember waking up very early on the second day, my best friend was still asleep and I had a look at the window :

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This picture was taken just after my best friend woke up 15 minutes after I first looked at the window, because then even the red roof we can see at the front here wasn’t visible.

After leaving the hostel to honour our busy schedule in town, we took a few pictures on the way to the centre, since we walked, the hostel located so nicely close to the centre.

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This day’s programme started with the visit of the very famous Stockholm Town Hall, which stands on most touristic pictures of the city, everywhere in the world. This popularity is largely deserved, because this building indeed was one of the most interesting ones to visit during our stay and this especially thanks to the lovely guide we had for the tour.  Details and anecdote about the construction of the building and all that it holds inside are all more curious and enchanting than the others and were very pleasant to hear and to learn. It really is a place not to miss at all in the Swedish capital.

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We headed then to Gamla Stan, literally the “old town”, located on an island in the centre of Stockholm a bit like l’île Saint Louis in Paris, but bigger. There we had a very nice lunch :

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Even though the place we stopped at isn’t quite the cheapest to have a meal, the cosy atmosphere inside was very pleasant.

The Royal Palace obviously is nowhere else to be found than in the oldest part of the city,and that’s the place we spent a few hours of this afternoon in.

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Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take pictures inside, which painting and items belonging to the Swedish royal family for centuries were nonetheless breathtaking to see. Plus, if you ever visit this Royal Palace one day, you might find a picture of your former King/President/Prime Minister at some point, among the thousands of surprises that this place exhibits…

This 2nd day in Stockholm actually was quite a busy one. After leaving Gamla Stan, we headed to the Modern Art Museum (20 minutes walk away), where you can find quite a lot of creations from promising young Swedish artists in one part of the venue and in another an exhibition about the most famous monuments in the World, it’s the architecture part that I’d really advise to go and see if ever you get the chance to find yourself close to the place one day.

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Since we were not sure about whether or not we could take pictures there, these are the poor attempts we made. There obviously is much better to see in the museum…

When darkness fell on the city we left the museum to get the tub and we passed by this ;

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For the ones who’ve never heard about Melodifestivalen, it is to Swedish Television, what Ikea is to worldwide furniture market. I’ve told about it many times on this website and to cut it short, even though the competition takes place in February and March, the rush to get a ticket was already on when we were there in early November…

Then we took the underground, which gave us another occasion to see how much it feel like to be more in a museum or some decorative art exhibition place than where we actually were…

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…and we headed to the Fotografiska, which is the photography museum.  Of the nice exhibitions we went to see, we weren’t allowed to take pictures. I still managed to get a few of the well-stocked library on the ground floor. Since the museum is located by the bay where the cruises liners stand, we ended the day with quite a beautiful view of the city.

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