Last week in Stockholm

A week before our Stockholm trip, we saw hot air balloons in Jyväskylä 🙂 This is funny/pleasant coincidence for us. In May 2012 we saw a couple of hot air balloons through our window at home. We were pretty excited because we were going to Barcelona to do just that on our 1st anniversary (I’ll write about it some day)! Last year, we saw them few days before our Florence/Pisa trip.  We kind of dubbed this as a symbol of our summer trips in Europe. I know its kind of crazy but it brings a smile & tons of beautiful memories for us.

Last week in Stockholm, TH & I went round to some of the popular tourist locations. When we travel, we like to take it slow and relax. It doesn’t matter if we don’t get to see all the famous museums or the islands or whatever – there is always next time! And we love getting acquainted with the local transport system.

We took a metro to Slussen on Södermälm . We walked from there to Gamla Stan & all over the little island back to Slussen. Then we walked in Södermälm in search of a restaurant called Chutney. Chutney is a vegetarian/vegan restaurant with generous portions. We were very hungry & ate heartily (We didn’t even stop to take any pictures!)

At Slussen, Katarinahissen is a popular place to get good views. But we walked up on Fjällgatan & enjoyed the sun & this –

slussenWalking through Gamla Stan –

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stkhlmCity Hall: offices, Municipal Council & the venue of the Nobel Prize banquet –

city hallBack to the narrow streets of Gamla Stan –

gamlastan

gamla stanOne of the entrances to Stockholm Palace –

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guardTotally unrelated to the picture above –

By the way, Nike black & white shoes seemed to be the rage on Stockholm streets. I can’t begin to count how many people (mostly women/girls) we have spotted wearing them. Once I began to spot them, I couldn’t stop stealing glances at people’s feet all day! On our return to Helsinki, I spotted some more. In my weekly advertisement mail (mainos/reklam), Intersport was advertising them. Last week, those shoes were popping up everywhere I looked 🙂

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