Sweden

Fairly early we left our fine Airbnb accommodation in Copenhagen for the train station located near Tivoli Gardens. We took the SJ200 Tilting train through Malmo.  Awesome – 125 mph and very posh even at our cheap rate.  AFter 5 hours 15 minutes we arrived in Stockholm and walked from the train station to Lady Hamilton hotel in Gamla Stan (Old Town) of Stockholm.  What a beautiful city is the old part of Stockholm.

Since there was a long line for currency exchange at the train station, we went on – ran a bit tight.  But everywhere accepts Visa anyway, but it’s nice to have a bit of cash for small purchases.  Saw an ad for a recital at the Royal Opera House, tried to get tickets, but it was already sold out for that evening.  No more scheduled for while we were in town.

Took a canal boat tour this afternoon followed by a guided walking tour of Gamla Stan later.  Ending the lovely evening by enjoying coffee and sweet at the oldest bakery in Stockholm.

Stockholm Bakery

 

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Coastline of Stockholm (Gamla Stan)

Next day we hop on the public ferry to the Vasa Museum – boy had it changed since i visited 36 years ago!

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Denmark

A bumpy start to be sure of this holiday in Scandinavia.  My flight was delayed a bit, but daughter Jessica’s flight was so delayed, that her flight from Istanbul to Copenhagen had left without her.  She was able to secure a seat, but not until much later, arriving nearly 7 hours later than scheduled in Copenhagen.  Thankfully, technology today had allowed her to let me know once i found a place to receive Wi-Fi (stood outside the SAS lounge near customs in Copenhagen and found out why she was not already there.  This was more delays, and by the time i received the information and directions to our accommodation, rode the Metro to Kongons Nytorv, and found our Airbnb located above the Cafe Zalt on Kompagnistræde , our hostess had had to leave for a meeting, so, i hung out, dragging my suitcase around Copenhagen for all that time without knowing actually when or if Jessica would arrive that day!  Thankfully, the weather was decent and by evening we were finally together and ready to explore.  In just a couple of days, we have accomplished a lot!  Here are a few highlights

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Coffee First!

 

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View from our lovely Copenhagen apartment.

 

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Nyhavn – New Harbour – a 17th century waterfron, canal, and entertainment district.  Hans Christian Anderson once lived here.
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Rosenborg Castle was built by Christian IV in early 17th century.  View the king’s private quarters, but also the crown jewels are stored and available for viewing in the basement.

 

 

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View from inside the Black Diamond library which is an extension of the Royal Danish Library in Copenhagen.  The exterior is clad of black marble known as Absolute Black from Zimbabwe.