One Evening and One Day in Stockholm

Tripoto
5th Aug 2018
Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

A sophisticated, genteel lady with a string of pearls, sipping on her "fika" (coffee), with a friendly poodle on her lap. With an Apple in one hand,and fika in the other, she allures you with her friendly smile...Thats Stockholm to me....how beautiful, how old worldly, how graceful yet modern! You stole my heart away.... Stockholm, Sweden​

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Day 1

...we land at Arlanda airport.... a huge continuous hall with all the conveyer belts one after the other...

PRESBYRRAN STORE

Photo of Arlanda Airport (ARN), Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...we spot Pressbyran store , where we pick up our 24 hour travel cards...

FLYGBUSSARNA AIRPORT COACH

Photo of Arlanda Airport (ARN), Stockholm-Arlanda, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...board the Flygbussarna coach....where seats were booked online in the airport itself...

FROM ARLANDA TO STOCKHOLM

Photo of Arlanda, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...with the setting sun creating mystery and beauty...

ARCHITECTURE ENROUTE

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

...marvel at architecture, never seen before...

SHOP WINDOWS, STOCKHOLM

Photo of Kungsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...we reach stockholm city centre and move towards our hotel closeby...peeping into shop windows..

SCANDIC HOTEL

Photo of Scandic No 53, Kungsgatan 53, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...we reach our centrally located hotel...

STRANDBRYGGAN SEA CLUB RESTAURANT

Photo of Strandbryggan, Strandvägskajen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

....we cab it to this beautiful Strandbryggan Sea club restaurant....but the kitchen is closed....we look at our rewinded watches...its 11pm...

PUB ON STRANDBRYGGAN

Photo of Strandbryggan, Strandvägskajen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar
Day 2

...and in scandinavia....all things except pubs down shutters by 7 pm....a difficult "Don't do" lesson....with growling stomachs...

KUNGSGATAN ROAD, SCANDIC HOTEL

Photo of Kungsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...early dawn...I venture out to have a look at the new exciting place.......the wonderfully visually merchandised shops along the street...and find myself locked out without my swipe in key...another Don't...

BREAKFAST AT SCANDIC

Photo of Scandic No 53, Kungsgatan 53, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

.....BREAK fast in the hotel....begin the second day on a renewed zest....

HOTORGET

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..filled with new vigor after a large breakfast in beautiful environs...we venture out towards Hay Market...

HAY MARKET

Photo of Haymarket by Scandic, Hötorget, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...beautiful flowers on sale....

GUSTAV ADOLF TORG

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....we move towards Gustav Adolfs Torg...for our Viator Panoramic city sightseeing tour

GUSTAV ADOLF TORG

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....we savor the beautiful serenity of the place...

GUSTAV ADOLF

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HISTORICAL...

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GUSTAV ADOLF TORG

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...we patiently wait for our Viator booked Panoramic sight seeing tour...

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...we board the upper deck of the bus to get beautiful views of this 75 min tour..

Photo of Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

STOCKHOLM CITY HALL

Photo of Stockholm City Hall, Hantverkargatan, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...we pass bythe Stockholm City Hall which has hosted many a dinner for the Nobel Prize awardees...

Photo of Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

....pass by the strand...beautiful waterfront...

Photo of Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

KUNGSGATAN

Photo of Kungsgatan, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...pass by our hotel area....Kungsgatan...fashion street...

Photo of Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...weave in and out of the city towards...

Photo of Sergels Torg, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

....Gamla Stan...we promise to come later and walk in the Old town...and reach back to Gustav Adolf torg..

SWEDISH ARMY...CHANGE OF GUARD

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...as we move towards our tram stop, Nybroplan, the Swedish army marches past on their way towards the Royal Palace, for change of guard....just as we had planned in our itinerary...jaw dropping moment for me...the timing, the place..

AT A TRAM STOP

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.....we move towards a tram stop...

Photo of Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

....and do it like the locals do.....

Photo of Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

......board a tram to wards VASA museum....

Photo of Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...these wonderful Swedish trams are so user friendly...they have enough space for ladies to stroll in with their pramful of babies...

VASA MUSEUM

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...we pass by Nordic Museum....give it a pass and move towards VASA museum...the most visited Stockholm Museum...its external architecture gives away what its all about...

VASA MUSEUM

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.....the 69 m long warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was salvaged 333 years later...a much visited museum in Stockholm...

VASA MUSEUM

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.....a museum with a difference...where temperatures are always maintained at 18 degrees to arrest further deterioration....

GUIDED TOURS AT VASA MUSEUM

Photo of Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar
Photo of Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

....the masthead salvaged from the sea floor

Photo of Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

......and restored to its original hues....

Photo of Vasa Museum, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

......through natural colored powders...no chemicals....the Swedish have masteredthe artof storytelling in this museum....

LUNCH AT DJUGARDEN

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LUNCH AT DJUGARDEN

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....we move to Sjocafeet, near VASA, to have lunch...

LUNCH AT DJUGARDEN

Photo of The Lake Café, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

... have lunch at waterfront restaurant....

LUNCH AT DJUGARDEN

Photo of The Lake Café, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

.....and enjoy the panoramic sights...

LUNCH AT DJUGARDEN

Photo of The Lake Café, Galärvarvsvägen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

....beautiful environs without and within...

......we take the Swedish Metro, called T Bana services , covered in our travel cards...

T Bana (Metro) Transport

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ERRICCSON GLOBE SKYVIEW

Photo of Globen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

...wetake the elevated walkway, 5 mins walk to the Globe....

ERRICCSON GLOBE SKYVIEW

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...the Erriccson Globe looms large infront of us...the largest spherical building in the world....which has a stadium inside...

ERRICCSON GLOBE SKYVIEW

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...we have tickets prebooked for a time slot in one of the two gondolas that revolve around the Globe....taking 12 passengers in one go....

ERRICCSON GLOBE SKYVIEW

Photo of Skyview, Ericsson Globe, Globentorget, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

......an introductory tutorial....before the ride.....

ERRICCSON GLOBE SKYVIEW

Photo of Skyview, Ericsson Globe, Globentorget, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

....we ascend the Globe in the gondolas......Stockholm unfurls below us....

ERRICCSON GLOBE SKYVIEW

Photo of Skyview, Ericsson Globe, Globentorget, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

......aerial views of Stockholm....

ERRICCSON GLOBE SKYVIEW

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....we watch the other Gondola...as we start our descent downwards...

GAMLA STAN

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....after a cuppa tea, we set off in another Swedish Metro train to Old town of stockholm, as we had promised ourselves...Gamla Stan...the magic of cobbled paths and old world charm....

GAMLA STAN

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.....and inhale the sights and smells of the OLD TOWN....Gamla Stan

SLUSSEN

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....we move to our next mode of transport....A local Ferry to cross the canal..

Photo of Slussen, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

.....the ferry boat carries people along with their bicycles...a way of life....

DJUGARDEN

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....we reach the other side.....back near VASA Museum...

Photo of Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

......something about cobbled streets, pink overflowing flowers and bicycles that redefine the word "Beautiful" in my dictionary...

Photo of Djurgården, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

.....could keep walking on and on or sit awhile....

ABBA MUSEUM

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....we pass by the ABBA Museum...and wonder what its all about...

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.....we window shop some more ...as we still hunt out a place to buy a telenor SIM and a plan to last out 20 days in the European Union..with ample data for GPS and economical local calling to keep in touch with each other and call up sight seeing tour companies and local cabs...

HAYMARKET

Photo of Haymarket by Scandic, Hötorget, Stockholm, Sweden by Soma Majumdar

....fortunately and ironically, we find our telenor card in a pop and mom store in our neighbourhood...Haymarket...tired, we reach our hotel...but this is not the end...we have tickets booked for....

ICEBAR STOCKHOLM

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....an Icebar, which is barely 200m away from our hotel....in Icehotel< Stockholm, the worlds first permanent Icebar...

ICEBAR STOCKHOLM

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

.....I forgot what I drank (both alcoholic as well as non alcoholic drinks are served)...but I remember the chill, the bartender and the freezing cold glasses (-7 degrees??), in which our drinks were served..

ICEBAR STOCKHOLM

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....the beautiful etched iceall around...

ICEBAR STOCKHOLM

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

.....art in ice....absolutely, out of this world experience..

ICEBAR STOCKHOLM

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

...the colors, the music the excitement....

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

......back in the hotel, wrapped up for the night, I look out an sigh.... at the neighbouring "Vete Katten" an iconic old worldly cafe, for which we couldnt make time...

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

......a one and a half day is a criminal thing to do ....for Stockholm...who needs more of your time and attention and pampering...

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

....we board our return Airport Coach from the Central Station, nearby...prebooked online to get the best price...

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

....and place ourselves in the hands of a friendly pilot, a teacher turned driver, who drives, helps with luggage, has a smile for everyone, helps newbies in validating cards, apologizes as he doesnt know the wifi password and helps us to reach Arlanda Airport

Photo of One Evening and One Day in Stockholm by Soma Majumdar

....by bye Stockholm....we promise to return...as we have yet to see your archipelagos...we had plans for Fjaderholmarna...but couldn't make time due to shortage of time...au revoir, perhaps?!

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