Thursday, 19 June 2014

48 hours in stockholm

My love for the Swedish capital is big. It's such a beautiful and pleasant city - especially in the summer. I've always lived fairly close to Stockholm, and every year I go there at least a handful of times, so I suppose I've grown fond of it. On top of that, I have two aunts who live there and since we're all pretty close on mum's side of the family we like to meet up and spend some time in Stockholm once in a while. This Tuesday mum and I took the train to Stockholm for a two-day mini-holiday. We wanted to meet my aunts/mum's sisters while at the same time enjoying summertime in Stockholm, and even though the weather wasn't fantastic we had a great time.

We went straight to my aunt's place, where we first enjoyed some typical Swedish fika - coffee and cardamom rolls. I actually prefer cardamom rolls to the cinnamon ones. I love both of course, but cardamom has a special place in my heart. Anyway... after a couple of hours my other aunt joined us for dinner and I made risotto. We stayed up quite late and talked about everything under the sky. I'm really lucky to have such amazing people around me. 


Mum and I set out by ourselves in the morning since my aunts were busy. We strolled around, popped into stores and stopped at cafés to rest our feet and fill our engines. Perhaps not very exciting and different, but agreeable nonetheless!

In the late afternoon, the aunts (I keep reading "the ants" and can't help finding it a little bit funny...) met up with us again and we went to an exhibition at the Museum of Photography. The exhibition was "Genesis" by Sebastiao Delgado and was meant to show how incredible our earth is. It truly did! There were so many beautiful and fascinating photos.

After that, we had dinner at Vapiano. It was my first time there, and it was a hit! I mean, you just can't go wrong with Italian. I had some odd but delicious pasta shape that I can't remember the name of, with pesto rosso, pine nuts and ricotta. We had a really good time, but it ended up being an early evening since mum and I were both tired after a long day of walking. 


Today, mum and I stayed until around two in the afternoon. We went to the Hallwyl Museum, which is a large house built in the late 19th century by a count and countess. They then decided to make it into a museum, partly to show the way of life at the time and partly to exhibit the countess' large collections. It was really interesting! Before leaving we stopped at a lovely café for a light lunch; Danish smörrebröd with cheese and cappuccino. I couldn't help snapping a few photos of the interior, as you can see above. And that was the end of that small visit! All in all it was a very agreeable one.