We left our trusty vehicle behind for the journey to Stockholm, since we were going out and back again. So after a short flight, we arrived at the most northerly spot of our trip. Despite the extremely bright evenings causing havoc on the kids’ sleep schedules, we had a wonderful time in the city, and felt like we could have stayed at least a week longer. It was welcoming, pretty, and had plenty of interest for all age groups in the party.
After some pampering for Father’s Day, we explored Gamla Stan, the old town. We spend a few hours taking in the majestic Vasa, which really does put the Mary Rose to shame, and got to experience Sweden’s fauna, culture, and historic architecture at the Skansen park. We also took a boat trip around the harbour, getting to see all the many waterfronts of the various islands on which the city is built.
But what really endeared us to the city were the days when we didn’t go full tourist, but played in the parks, dug in the beaches, and swam in the lakes. Being a Stockholmer seems like a happy existence, and the five days we got to live that life were good ones. We’ll be back.