Stockholm is a long way from the harbor where our cruise ship anchored and we thought we were going on an excursion with the whole family that day. We were very disappointed to find that we had been the only ones left out of the trip to the Vasa Museum and had to book our own excursion at the last minute. Mark managed to grab the last couple of tickets to the world’s largest spherical building–the Ericsson dome– and to see the Vasa, a ship that was at the bottom of the sea for centuries and which is now in a museum in Stockholm.
The entry into the harbor at Stockholm was gorgeous. I mark this as one more moment when I was really happy to have paid the extra for a room with a veranda. We stepped out into the brisk air and watched as the ship glided past more small, treed islands through deep, clean water. Truly, amazingly beautiful.
We boarded our tender with the hordes of other passengers headed for land, found our bus and climbed aboard. On this day we just had the girls with us, which was fun, especially when we all quietly died a little as we stepped into a glass ball and let it take us up the exterior of a gigantic building, way up into the ether. Other than not being able to breathe at all, because the air was too thin, not because of any feelings of panic or fear, it was fantastic. We could see all over the completely unfamiliar city of Stockholm. We think. Landing was a blessed event.
Mark and Eli then sprinted for McDonalds because we were all going to die of starvation in a moment. There are Golden Arches on every corner in every city I’ve ever been in. Stockholm was no exception. We scarfed fries and burgers, chugged sodas and landed back on the bus in better spirits having been refreshed by several ounces of preservatives.
We went on a postcard tour of the city and finally stopped at the Vasa museum where we saw all of our family and friends just finishing their tour. I have to admit that my sons were the best looking people in the other group.
We went inside and listened to our guide for a while before going off on our own to gawp at the huge ship that sat submerged for centuries. It is really an amazing thing to see.
The tour was a bus ride through the highlights of Stockholm with nary a pause for breath, much less food but we were happy that we managed to get off the ship. It was a bit of a shock to find out at the last moment that we had to book our our tour and then try and find one that still had space on it. We could have been stuck on board the ship all day! Thank heavens for glass ball elevators and McDonalds and my brother’s idea to look at the Vasa and Mark’s willingness to elbow his way to the front of the line and take the tickets that were still there. It turned out to be as pleasant and interesting a day as we could have hoped for.
Stockholm is beautiful. We did not get to see much of the city and would have enjoyed having quite a lot more time, *days* more time, to visit and explore. One of the cleanest, most visually stunning cities we saw in the trip, Stockholm is high on our list of Places We’d Like to See Again.