Thursday, 18 June 2015

A Day on Djurgården, Stockholm

Stockholm

Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendal Garden

Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendal Garden

Laburnum in Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendal Garden

Lilacs in Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendal Garden

Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendal Garden

Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendal Garden

Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendal Garden

Rosendals Trädgård, Rosendal Garden

Rhododendron on Djurgården

Rhododendron

Stockholm

Stockholm
The 6th of June is Sweden's National Day, and although it's not a very big deal in Sweden, we ended up doing something a little bit special. My grandparents, my mum and I went to Stockholm for the day, where we also met up with my aunts. I was delighted to get a chance to go to Stockholm during my time at home, as it's one of my favourite cities. I wasn't able to go when I was home over Christmas, so I hadn't been since August!

The weather wasn't fantastic, but we ignored that and headed to Djurgården (literally "The Animal Estate") which is an island in the middle of Stockholm. It's home to several museums and galleries, old buildings, as well as the amusement park Gröna Lund ("Green Grove"), and also quite a lot of green areas; forests and meadows. After hopping off the ferry which takes you from the centre to the island, we walked around it until we reached Rosendal Garden, with its palace, gardens and café. Sadly, we didn't get the chance to see all the beautiful roses that are in bloom later in the summer, but there were plenty of other flowers and plants to look at. The Rosendal Garden doesn't only sell plants, but also has an adorable little bakery/shop and a lovely café, using products from their gardens, where we had a delicious lunch. I had rye bread with goat cheese and caramelised onion. In the afternoon the weather got a wee bit better, as we strolled around the other half of the island and reached Östermalm (the Eastern bit of central Stockholm). To finish off our day, we sat down for a while at one of the floating bars for a glass of wine.

Writing this post really makes me feel nostalgic about my country's capital city. For me, visiting Stockholm is always special, even though I've been there countless of times. It's especially lovely in the summer because of all the water, and I'm happy I got a small dose of summer in Stockholm, even if the weather wasn't perfect.

What is your relationship with the capital city of where you live?

Love, Mimmi.