17) Layin’ Low in Stockholm

I’m kind of laying low here in Stockholm, this place is expensive as hell (albeit beautiful). I could have picked a cheaper route to get to Russia, but I really wanted to see Scandinavia (Denmark/Norway/Sweden).  The thing is, and as it turns out, when you’re going at this for 9 months, you can’t really show up at every new place as if you’re here on vacation, with vacation money to spend.  If I didn’t have clarity in my own head on this point until recently, its in focus now.

My next stop if Estonia, the only Baltic country I will see.  Then its on to Helsinki, Finland, and then into Russia.  Here’s some good news:  Sandy is meeting me in St. Petersburg in less than 2 weeks.

Here are some pictures of Stockholm & Sweden.  I took a ferry boat out through the Swedish Archipelago to the island of Sandham yesterday.  That’s where most of the rural pictures came from.  If I wasn’t clear: Sweden is dead-solid-gorgeous, and the people are friendly as can be.

Six Flags
Cruising the Stockholm Archipelago
Cruising the Stockholm Archipelago
Prince Eugin’s house & art gallery. Besides being a Swedish prince, he was an important Impressionist artist and collector.
Prince Eugin’s gardens
Prince Eugin’s gardens. 250 year old grist mill.
Prince Eugin’s gardens
Prince Eugin’s gardens

Wooden boats are a big thing in Scandinavia. This is a dockage with several dozen of them. They are beautifully kept, and you see them sailing/motoring everywhere.

Bocce Ball-a drinking man’s game.

Stockholm “Allotment Gardens”. Individuals are allotted land from the king and create wonderful small gardens, even with little houses. You can wait up to 20 years for one to become available.
Allotment Gardens
Allotment Gardens
Allotment Gardens
My Airbnb room in Stockholm

 

 

2 thoughts on “17) Layin’ Low in Stockholm”

  1. I’m caught up on your blogs. Thank you so much for logging your travels and for the pictures. Bob and I have lots of places to visit!! I know you’ll be thrilled to see Sandy.

  2. This is a part of the world i have always been interested in. Thanks for the pictures. looks like some of these folks really appreciate their boats.

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