Stockholm, a Nordic marvel … [Sweden]

One of the best cities to visit in the World, Stockholm hit the right spots for me. It is also the city where I managed to stay in two unique hostels, a Jumbo Jet turned into a hostel (Jumbo Hostel), and a Clipper ship turned into a hostel (af Chapman). It was very nice to interact with fellow tourists, over beer of course 🙂

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Oops … A very poor photo, I am well aware 🙂 It was so dark inside the Vasa museum. The ship Vasa had sunk in the 17th Century and after many years at the bottom of the sea, the ship was restored and is now a famous tourist attraction.
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Inside the Jumbo Hostel … It was indeed a very unique experience. As we can expect, the rooms are small, but the uniqueness of the experience is what counts, IMHO.
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Jumbo Hostel … The cafeteria area. You get a breakfast box with the typical items. As you can note, I am an early morning person … 🙂
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Jumbo Hostel … Yup, there is a decent choice of eatables.
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The entrance to the Jumbo Hostel … I did not see any Air Hostesses around, though. The person at the front desk was the all-in-one support.

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Smörgåsbord, at Grand Hotel … I sat in the veranda. I arrived late and did not have a long time to enjoy the buffet, but did the best I could. Various fish dishes …
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Deserts … Grand Hotel smörgåsbord … Packed in quite a few calories, I must say.
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Statue of Charles XIV John at Slussplan …
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Skansen … The open-air museum. The museum showcases the way of life from various regions of Sweden. The museum is a popular attraction and gets over 1 Million visitors a year.
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Skansen … The open-air museum. The museum showcases the way of life from various regions of Sweden. The museum is a popular attraction and gets over 1 Million visitors a year.
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Having a pastry break at Vasa Museum … Hah! Coffee … To wake me up in the afternoon.
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af Chapman Hostel … The sailing ship which has been restored to be a Hostel. It is not as well maintained as I would have liked. I would recommend that they do more frequent cleaning, especially of the bathrooms.
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af Chapman Hostel … Early in the morning.
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Stockholm City Hall … We can go up the tower, as a part of the tour.
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The Tour Guide … Stockholm City Hall English Tour. She gave a good overview of Stockholm and particularly of the City Hall.

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“The Song” … Statue near the City Hall.
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View of Riddarfjärden from the City Hall … A relaxing place for a break.
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View of Riddarfjärden from the City Hall Tower …
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View of the Riddarfjärden  from the City Hall Tower …
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Waiting for my Boat Tour … Had a couple of hours to kill and utilized that time to take a boat tour through the various Stockholm waterways.
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Change of Guard … The Royal Guard Ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm … Wow! It gets very crowded. I had to step on many a toe to even get this picture 🙂
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Change of Guard … The Royal Guard Ceremony at the Royal Palace of Stockholm … Wow! It gets very crowded. I had to step on many a toe to even get this picture 🙂
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One of guards at the Royal Palace …
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Monument to King Gustav III of Sweden … 
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The spectacular Gamla Stan area … Stortorget. Aren’t those colorful houses pretty? Notice the old well. 
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The spectacular Gamla Stan area … Stortorget. 
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Load up on beer wherever I go … That is a strict policy of mine! 🙂
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Statue of St. George … At Gamla Stan.
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Another view of the af Chapman Hostel …
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Silja Symphony ship which took me out from Stockholm … There is a separate blog (Helsinki/Finland) on the boat trip. I missed the bus shuttle from the town center and had to scramble for some local bus travel to get to the dock on time.

 

Adios!

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