We flew from Charleroi Airport in Belgium to the Sweden Skavsta Airport, which is a 1 hour and 20 minutes bus ride away from Stockholm City. We exchanged Euros to Swedish Kronas in the Airport.
We stayed in a quite nice location, in the Östermalm district. A posh residential neighborhood which is trendy and popular, located in central Stockholm. It is filled with nice restaurants, clubs and cafes. We loved staying in that area!
We walked around its large, beautiful, green park called Humlegården. We were impressed with it! The spot and its surroundings were very alive, everyone was either running, biking, walking, having a drink, strolling their kids or simply eating at the restaurants. The design of the benches at the park was very unique and innovative, something very special.
We had dinner at an Italian restaurant called Brillo, it was spectacular! Swedish people are friendly and they all speak perfect English, so it’s easy to communicate with them. We had amazing lamb, fresh fish, pizza and a delicious Swedish apple cider!
The next day we jumped in the hop on- hop off bus. We are not sure if we would recommend this, the waiting times at each stop can be quite lengthy and the buses are really disorganized. If you don’t mind waiting for long periods of time, then this is an option. If not, we recommend using the public transportation which is faster, clean and very easy to use! We were enchanted by its easiness. We bought a card, tapped it with money and left the hop on bus after just a couple of stops… Plus the person that travels with a stroller can go for free in all of the buses, and public transportation tickets are valid for all means: tram, bus, metro and boat.
Our first stop was at the Royal Palace, were we got a grasp of … Hare Krishnas dancing and chanting all over … Not quite what we were expecting ha ha, but it added a twist to our visit.
We then moved along the popular street called Västerlånggatan, located in the old medieval city center, Gamla Stan- The Old Town. It was full of tourists (like ourselves), it’s pebbled stone streets were crowded by people lining of to get ice creams, we couldn’t avoid the temptation and got ourselves a treat. The ice cream cones are made freshly in there and one can see how they are prepared, the smell of cones is everywhere! We must admit that we tried probably the best salted caramel ice cream that we have ever tasted before! It was simply delicious!!!
We kept walking and encountered its narrowest street, Mårten Trotzigs Gränd, which is only 90cm wide.
After walking on its steep streets, we got to the Stortorget square, a little charming square with beautiful coloured houses.
We then hopped on the bus again and walked around the pedestrian street, Drottinggatan, which is a nice Shopping district. Just across, we visited the Hötorgshallen, the people’s market, not without having a fresh fish soup.
It can’t be ignored that we could see the Swedish charming designs almost everywhere, while walking around the streets. Including that of the Saluhall market and a big shopping department store called Åhléns, with amazing designs all over the store!
We had dinner at Gondolen, a delicious restaurant with amazing views, probably the best views in Stockholm!
On the next morning we headed again to the same place to view the lofty views during daytime. It was probably the best part of the trip! We could see Stockholm’s charm from above! Simply spectacular.
We didn’t enter the famous Vasa Museum, since we had limited time, nor the Abba museum.
We had a quick lunch at Max, a delicious hamburger place offering all sorts of fast food kinds, including veggie burgers and awesome milkshakes!!!
We then grabbed a taxi and headed to the Frihanmen port terminal, where our cruise, the Serenade of the Seas of Royal Caribbean was already docked, just to get our new adventures started … Helsinki, St. Petersburg, Tallin and Riga, await us!
After the cruise finished, one week after, we went off to Skansen, an open air museum which has a kids zoo inside and portraits the old Swedish lifestyle. The day was sunny and Jack enjoyed it quite a lot, it was specially nice for him! We could see Scandinavian animals and the typical Swedish playgrounds!
We also went to a nice shopping mall called the Gallerian.
We finished by having dinner at Jamie Oliver’s restaurant, Jamie’s Italian, it was nothing special…
We then departed to Denmark from Arlanda Airport by grabbing the flygabus once more, but which was only a 25 minute drive away from the city!
Jaime and Beca (us) are a young couple who is eager for traveling... we have managed to travel to places that we never could have imagined! Being all of them, a unique experience that is impossible to forget. The name of the blog comes out from our first travel together, in which right about to start our honeymoon, Jaime was denied the opportunity to board the plane, because his US visa was expired... and it was then when all of our crazy travel adventures began!
Despite the fact that we have a toddler, Jack, we have not limited ourselves from getting out there and getting to know more cultures and places every time that it is possible. We love to visit the local supermarkets to get a better grasp of how are locals behaving grocery-wise, and of course we never skip the typical eating in the place of destination! What can we do? We love food and we love to eat! The best part is that Jack has become an excellent travel companion, he loves to try new foods and he is as excited as we are about traveling! If we have to wake up early in the morning he is the first to have a smile and be excited to know what we are going to explore during the day! We hope you will enjoy our adventures, and become a part of them while reading this.
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