6 | Stockholm
We're falling more and more in love with Stockholm with each hour we spend here. Today was another all walking day, with everything being so close together it ends up being quicker and easier to walk rather than catch public transport between places. We walked this morning from Östermalm to Djurgården, an island in the centre of Stockholm that has historical buildings, museums, and other attractions. We were amongst the few people up bright and early on a Sunday morning (the Swedes do not mess with their leisure time and Sunday sleep ins, apparently) and the park was still foggy and magical. It was like a storybook, with swans swimming in the water and purple flowers lining the pathways.
We stopped into a crazy museum, the 'Biologiska Museet' which features a whole heap of Nordic taxidermy inside a huge circular display. A spiral staircase winds up the centre, onto 2 levels, with the display case lining the walls and being a constant connected scene. Some of the taxidermy had definitely seen better days but the concept and display was interesting. We were drawn in by the building, dark and heavy with the most detailed carvings in a doorway I have ever seen.
After the Biological Museum we continued on, walking past the ABBA museum (with a huge queue for tickets), the Gröna Lund amusement park which was sadly closed for the colder parts of the year, and onto Skansen, the only zoo in Stockholm and the world's oldest open air museum with traditional Scandinavian architecture. Our Swedish is improving a little bit, with Josh being so convincing at the admission gate we were given the map to the zoo in Swedish. I sheepishly returned to the front desk and asked for it in Engelska. The lessons that we took last year have definitely paid off, even just in being able to recognise numbers and phrases and greetings in our daily travels. Vad kul!
As a bonus to the admission, the park also had the most amazing views of the city. I'm convinced we have picked the perfect time of year to travel (not too cold, but off peak season, and with the start of the Autumn turning all of the trees amazing golden and orange colours) and it showed as we were looking out over the city. We admired the architecture, like cute scout twig tepees, a tiny observatory, windmills and barns. We said hello to some of the animals, like the lynx, the brown bears, elk and reindeer. A great little spot!
A bit more wondering around the city and some design shopping this afternoon, we retired pretty early tonight with sore feet and tired eyes. I've gone for my 4th bath in 3 days (it's really that good) and we're dreaming of living here one day. We're heading off tomorrow for Älmhult, in the south of Sweden. We'll be sad to say goodbye to Stockholm but so happy we were able to cram so much into our short stay here.