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Weekend in Stockholm

By Alternativeeden @markngaz

With Christmas just around the corner we decided to start embracing it. And what better way than to visit one of those cities that looks extra charming in the run up to the festive season - Stockholm.

We first visited this charming city twelve years ago, Scandinavia's biggest city, so fairly familiar with the area. And superficially it seemed that very little has changed since then which made it easier for us to navigate on a rather impromptu visit.

With only the weekend to spend there, we opted to concentrate on the old town - Gamla Stan - browsing the quaint shops along the cobbled roads and visiting the Royal Palace which we didn't get to do back in 2005. And if we had spare time, which was the case, also include a browse on their modern shopping district adjacent to the old town.

First and foremost, a look at the very pretty Gamla Stan, with its winding and cobbled narrow streets lined with craft (and souvenir) shops, coffee shops, and restaurants...

Weekend in Stockholm

Stockholm is composed of fourteen islands connected with over fifty bridges like this one


Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm

Gamla Stan is well known for having mostly ochre tone buildings


Weekend in Stockholm

The cobbled streets are lined with both charming craft and tacky souvenir shops. This one is an example of the former.


Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm
Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm

Scandinavians seems to have the knack for creating beautiful window displays so effortlessly

And within Gamla Stan is the Kungliga Slottet Royal Palace which is worth a few hours visit when you're in the area.

Weekend in Stockholm

Changing of the guards ceremony?

And since the more modern shopping district is just adjacent to the old town Gamla Stan we also had a good browse in the area, picking up a gift or two in preparation for Christmas.
Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm

Weekend in Stockholm

Stockholm has so much more to offer than just shopping and dining of course and you can easily spend many days there with a myriad of activities and sights to see. It is one of the coolest cities in Europe and laden with great vibes and culture.


A little word of warning though, as with all Scandinavian cities prices of food, services, and other consumer items can be exceptionally high. So plan and budget carefully before you start your day. Just to give you an idea, two tiny cakes and small coffees as seen below in an independent coffee shop has cost us a £28 (US$37). Of course some places are more reasonably priced than others but the lowest levels we've seen are akin to Central London prices (which are already high as it is). So look around and compare first before you commit and flash the cash.


Weekend in Stockholm
Mark :-)

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