I'm home! ... And catching up on everything I've missed. :drowning:
As many of you may know, I had the wonderful opportunity to follow my mother on a culinary world cruise for vacation. My mother originally boarded the ship to show our support to chef Nobu of Nobu Restaurant (Silk Road on the cruise), but she fell in love with it and now she's on a traveling kick. lol This August we stopped by Stockholm, St Petersburg, Helsinki, Warnemünde, and London. Each country won't have this long of a post, but I stayed in Stockholm for 3 days.
It was my first time in a Scandinavian country, and admittedly I was amazed by two things in particular above all others...
1. I am convinced that Stockholm is the land of beautiful giants. This 4'11" Japanese girl felt like a tiny potato rolling on the side lines admiring these shimmering creatures.
2. Sweden definitely enjoys a very high standard of living. The taxi driver told us that tap water is sometimes better than bottled water.
Small cafe my mother and I went into for breakfast
The wall had writing everywhere from all over the world! Japan too!
Coffee in a soup bowl. I wonder if this is how coffee is served everywhere in Stockholm... I don't know.
American muffins = Cinnabuns in Sweden. lol
Delicious shrimp open sandwich
Tube of caviar?
I'm not sure what this tiny statue is... or why there is money all around him. But I kind of wanted to give it a hug. It looks so sad.
At the Skansen Open Air Museum
I admit. I spent about an hour in front of the otter tank. LOL
The Vasa ship was built under the orders of king Gustav II Adolf between 1626 and 1627. He ordered that this ship must be made out of more than a thousand oak trees with 64 cannon, masts over 50 meters high and hundreds of painted and gilded sculptures. The Vasa was built at a shipyard called Skeppsgården (current Blasieholmen in Stockholm), which was the largest shipyard in Stockholm at the time.
The building of the Vasa was "led by a Dutchman, Henrik Hybertsson, an experienced shipwright. In this period, Dutch ships were not built from drawings, instead the shipwright was given the overall dimensions and used proportions and rules of thumb based on his own experience to produce a ship with good sailing qualities." Unfortunately he died before the completion of the ship, and therefore was ultimately completed by his apprentice.
When the Vasa was ready to set sail and left the lee of the Södermalm cliffs, the ship heeled over. Water rushed in through the open gunports and Vasa sank, after sailing barely 1300 meters. The ship was too unstable to sit at sea on it's own, due to the fact that "the underwater part of the hull was too small and the ballast insufficient in relation to the rig and cannon." This magnificent piece of 17th century history and art returned to the surface on April 1961, thanks to the engineer and wreck researcher, Anders Franzén who found the ship in 1956.
I made a Swedish Japanese speaking friend here! It's amazing where you meet the most wonderful people.
Smorgasbord at the Grand Hotel.
My dessert plate! A little of everything.
Dragon fruit is always a little disappointing... But everything else was amazing.
Saluhall Food Market
We were given samples of several small Swedish finger food.
BEST. HAM. EVER.
Holy pork belly!
A little scary... in my opinion.
Sweden's famous crayfish! Apparently it was crayfish season a week after we left.
Things I learned:
1. Swedish chocolate is superb.
2. Swedish people are beautiful giants.
3. Always pay attention to taxi fares on the windows... (My mother and I got ripped off once during our trip.)
Thank you Stockholm! You and your people are absolutely wonderful!
Thank you for reading. I hope you enjoyed my post.