Stockholm by Sea

I would much rather sit down in a bar, spend money on a beer and talk with a local then check out the tourist shop and purchase an “I love Sweden” T-shirt.  Call me old school.”

After a delicious breakfast at Långholmen buffet, we decided to take Stockholm by Sea and got onboard a boat to cruise around the city.  The cruise would last approx. 3 hours and drop us off at a small island called Vaxholm, where we would have a nice lunch. Our Boat Cruise was through the company Strömma Kanalbolaget which also provided a guide, giving us Stockholm’s rich history and pointing out famous landmarks (Price: SEK 230=$35 American Dollars).

Our boat awaits!
Waiting for to get on the boat!

Although I love walking through new cities and seeing streets, pubs, landmarks firsthand, I think it is absolutely beautiful to view a city from the middle of the sea.  And that’s exactly what Stockholm was from my seat on the ferry, breathtaking.  The first thing I noticed about the city was what a natural setting it held.  Hundred of islands put together by a lagoon.  The architecture was completely old school.  You didn’t see odd-shaped modernized buildings, but the same structures that inhabited Stockholm hundreds of years ago.

Drottningholm Palace was built in the late 1600’s. It is the residence of the royal family and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Grona Lund’s Amusement Park
City Council Buildings

Swedish Flag
City by Sea

FUN FACT: Did you know that Sweden’s Government will pay natives to raise their children in Sweden?

The boat ride was truly lovely and our tour guide was very knowledgeable and entertaining. By the time we made it to Vaxholm we were ready for lunch (and significantly intoxicated from the beer served on the ride over)!

Boat entering Vaxholm

Vaxholm is an little archipelago town of Stockholm with numerous quaint restaurants, cafes and shops.  We had our lunch at Waxholm Hotel, which had amazing views of the harbor.

Lunch inside Waxholm Hotel

The Bride-To-Be’s nephew…adorable.
Bride-to-be Niece…precious.

By the time lunch was over, it was time to explore Vaxholm.

A sign outside one of the shops that made me smile 🙂

To be completely honest, there was not a lot of activities to do there.  It was absolutely stunning scenery, but it took us all of 20 minutes to walk around the whole town. So my friends and I did what we did best, checked out the bar. I know it may seem that my family and I drink a lot, and while that is completely true, it also gives us time to settle in and mingle with natives of Sweden.  I would much rather sit down in a bar, spend money on a beer and talk with a local then check out the tourist shop and purchase an “I love Sweden” T-shirt. Call me old school but I think that’s the best way to get to know the country you’re visiting.

Our Bartender pouring us special “Swedish” shots…so he said.

And with that, we made our mark on Vaxholm and were ready for our ferry ride back.

Group before heading back to Stockholm

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