Leaving land for the waves of the baltic
17.06.2016 - 20.06.2016 13 °C
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Later Friday afternoon we were planning on meeting the rest of our group. The call came as we were finishing lunch the sun had also begun to peek out and the temperature increased to a pleasant 16 degrees celsius. We were joined by Daryll and Laura, for the under the bridges tour. We took the boat ride that guided us under 13 bridges in the Stockholm area providing a good overview to the layout of the city. During the tour we witnessed how their lock system works, saw exclusive real estate and enjoyed our time together. By the time the tour was over and we had taken a stroll through the Gamla Stan area of Stockholm it was time to find some dinner.
Our friend Klaus had told us about a great restaurant. We ate at Magnus Ladulas, a restaurant built in a cave. The inside was very unique and packed full of locals. We ate in the bar area so that all six of us could be together, we had the area all to ourselves for the meal. It was a nice time for us all to come together. The food was as good as the ambiance. Venison, lamb, wild game and more, all was delicious and we were extremely satified with our dishes.
Our next day began with rain. We woke several times to the rain as well. We had to do a little changing on our itinerary. We started at the Royal Armory and after viewing numerous sets of armor and hearing the history of the royal family, it was time to head to the Vasa Museum. We got to see the ship that was under the water for 333 years before it was pulled up. You can read all about the Vasa at their website. As we left the museum, the rain continued to poor and after walking half a kilometer, we felt as though we had been underwater for a long time as well.
We walked around town and the rain did not let up. After getting soaked we headed to a cafe by the opera house.
Our final full day in port we went to Skansen. The weather was very cloudy, but no rain. All the buildings from the 1800’s were transferred to this area. We walked around to view the history of Sweden. There was also a zoo on the grounds. With the weather being so nice, almost all the animals were out to greet us.
At 2 p.m., we were finally able to board the boat. Our journey has officialy begun. Our ship was as big as the excitement building up for our trip.