Europe, Sweden, Travel, Youtube

VIDEO: Stockholm Snapshots

It’s been a lovely week and I don’t want to leave the Venice of the North, but as you read this I’m already on my way back to British soil. There will be more posts about Stockholm coming up, but these past few days I have chosen to focus on spending time with Kjære and taking in the city, not really wanting to hunker down in front of the Mac for any period of time. You’ll find that most often than not, when I travel I don’t blog, but afterwards I blog more than I probably should 😛 While I’ve been here I have filmed some bits and clips when I remembered to and last night I did a quick little edit on this short snapshot video from my trip and here it is! What an absolutely gorgeous city Stockholm is! Well worth a visit! Xxx

Europe, Sweden, Travel

Hej hej, Stockholm!

It’s an overcast, but warm Monday here in Stockholm and while Kjære is preparing for his lecture I though I would post a quick post about a most amazing weekend 🙂

I arrived at Stockholm Arlanda Airport on Friday afternoon and after dropping off my luggage we headed out for a quick explore and some food. We managed to catch the sunset from Söder Mälarstrand and Monteliusvägen, one of the best viewpoints in the city. You get there by heading to Mariatorget Tunnelbana station, then walk for about 5 minutes. Watching the sun set, then the city lights slowly switch on like stars being born in the far away sky was a moment I will never forget.


After watching the sunset we headed  to Hornsgatan a couple of minutes away and the Stora Vikingen: Röde Orm Italian Restaurant. With fancy iPad menus and reasonably priced food this cute little restaurant is well away from the tourist areas and good for students!

Transport Tip: While visiting Stockholm you should consider getting a SL transport card as it gives you unlimited travel on the Pendeltåg (Commuter Trains), Tunnelbana (Metro) and buses. While it’s easy to get around Stockholm by foot and a gorgeous city to walk, if you’re here for a long time , the transport card is a must! You can get them at any Pressbyrån kiosks.

As it happens it was also our 1 year anniversary this past weekend  and as we tend to give gifts that are experience based,  we both ended up surprising the other with almost the same thing. I knew he had always wanted to go see an opera, and he knew that I’ve always wanted to see a proper ballet and we both got tickets to see shows at the Kungliga Operan aka the Stockholm Royal Opera.  On Saturday we saw Madama Butterfly, which Kjære loved and yesterday we saw the Raymonda ballet, which I absolutely fell in love with. The Royal Opera has 50% off tickets for students and for 26 years and under so you can get a really nice deal on tickets if you have the time to go, but do book in advance if you can as they get fully booked quickly!


Before and after the shows on both Saturday and Sunday we walked around the area close to the opera. Stockholm is filled to the brim with beautiful architecture, sometimes reminiscent of Amsterdam, most often wholly unique.

Must See Tip: Gamlastan, or “Old Town” in Stockholm is a definite must-see for anyone visiting the Swedish capital, whether only for a few hours or for longer. During December and Christmas there is also a wonderful Christmas market in Stortorget, the main square in Gamlastan, that’s well worth a visit.

A quick metro ride away from Stockholm Central Station is Gamlastan. The streets of this area are an iconic part of Stockholm that attracts both tourists and locals alike.  It’s autumn and the leaves are falling in the city so we sat down in the main square in Gamlastan to take in the atmosphere and warm up with  a drink each. The glorious chocolate concoction below being mine. Who needs Starbucks when you can sit outside and breathe in the fresh Swedish air in a quaint little coffee shop in colourful Gamlastan?

It’s been a lovely weekend and during this next week I’ll be further exploring the city while Kjære is in uni as well as just enjoying my last few days of freedom before university once again takes up all my time and energy. I can’t wait to see more!

Have a good day, or as they would say here: Ha en bra dag! Xxx

Travel

Inspiration Board: Stockholm

The time is coming closer for my second visit to Stockholm and I’m excited beyond belief 🙂 Because of this I decided to make a little image inspiration board right here on the blog, in the hopes that it might inspire some of you to want to visit this gorgeous city too! (All photos from the open image archive pixabay.com. No copyright infringement intended. )