Denmark/Norway/Finland/Sweden travel blog

Bicycle parking

Unusual architecture, a hotel

City Hall from the sea side

Stockholm

Stockholm

Stockholm-old style

Stockholm-new style

Stockholm

Living along the lake

Bridge connecting two islands

Living lake side

Swedish Flag

Living lake side

Getting ready to build

An island

The water winds around the islands.

Lake side

Coming up on Drottningholm Palace

The Palace

The Palace

Our boat

Info on the Palace

 

Statue in front of palace

Changing of the Palace Guard

Palace

Palace

Palace

Palace

Palace

Info on the Queen's Bed Chamber

Quee's Bed Chamber

Palace

Ceiling art

One of the Royal Families

Info on the Queen's Library

The Queen's Library

Entry Hall

Entry Hall

Entry Hall

Palace

Painting of one of the wars

Palace

Palace Guard

Entry to the Gardens

Gardens

Palace from the Gardens

The Gardens

The Gardens

The Palace

The Gardens

Gotta get the tourists organized!


Another beautiful day - blue skies, sunny, warm.

Stockholm is an archipelago within an archipelago. An archipelago is a sea or stretch of water having many islands. The city occupies a cluster of 14 islands floating among 24,000 that make up a 60-mile chain. It is the second largest archipelago in the Baltic Sea.

This beautiful morning we board a sight-seeing boat that will take us to Drottningholm Palace where the Royal Family lives. The stately palace built in the seventeenth century by the architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder for Queen Hedvig Eleonora. It is called "Sweden's Versailles". It features elegant salons from the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth centuries; a palace theater; the palace church; and a Chinese Pavilion. Plus it is surrounded by gardens and park areas.

As we leave the beautiful palace, it starts to rain and get cold. Fortunately, we had carried out rain jackets with us. We have learned not to trust the weather forecasts.

We board our boat and are seated for lunch as we cruise back across the lake to Stockholm. We have fish prepared in a traditional Swedish way.

Oh, I forgot to tell you - for breakfast they served Big Thin Swedish Pancakes just like Grandma used to make!!!

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