Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Swedish Adventure: Sightseeing and SkyView

After checking out the fabulous seafood at Saluhall, Elisabeth Daude, the expert Stockholm guide, gave us a tour of the city.  
We started the tour at the Royal Palace and witnessed the changing of the guards.    
While once the residence of the King, it is now a working place.  
People look out rather than facing each other.
We explored the Old Town area with the cobblestone streets and lots of ice cream shops.  Elisabeth informed us that Sweden is the second largest consumer of ice cream behind the U.S. 

Elisabeth knew we liked food so she showed us some of the fun restaurants in town.  We stopped by Svinet, a garden barbecue that serves pig from snout to tail.  Get there early because they don't accept reservations and it fills up fast!

Svinet. Victory Hotel, Lilla Nygatan 5, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden.

Then we took a step back into the 1700s when we walked in the the traditional Swedish restaurant, Den Gyldene Freden.   The restaurant opened in 1722 and serves offerings of traditional Swedish flavors including Swedish meatballs, lingonberries, fish and more.  Osterlanggatan 51, Stockholm 10317, Sweden 08-249-760.

After experiencing the hustle and bustle, Elisabeth wanted to show us the peaceful island of Skeppsholmen.  Skeppsholmen is the home to Restaurant Hjerta.   

Hjerta is situated along the harbor where you can dine with the most lovely view of the ships.  

After a full day of sightseeing, we headed to SkyView to get the full view of the city.  SkyView opened in February 2010 offering the most amazing views of Stockholm as you ride to the top of the Ericsson Globe in a giant glass ball.  More to come soon...

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