Day Two: A walk to Djurgården and a visit to three museums

 

Nina striking a pose on the way to the island of Djurgården. She’s holding a bottle of one of her favorite Swedish delicacies… a green tea/apple smoothie drink. Delicious!

One of the many beautiful sites we passed while walking to the island of Djurgården.

Drottninggatan, one of the main shopping streets in Stockholm, with everything from t-shirt and souvenir shops, to Rolex watch stores, to several H & M department stores in a row.

Nina sitting on one of the many lion statues that guard Drottninggatan street.

The waterways of Stockholm are filled with mallard ducks, all black ducks and huge white swans.

A picture of the historic Grand Hotel, which we were not fortunate enough to stay at (however we loved our little Swedish apartment)!

Another beautiful scene on our walk to Djurgården island.

Boats along the pier on the way to Skeppsholmen island (which we mistook for Djurgården island, which is easy enough to do!)

A boat displaying the Swedish flag. The colors blue and yellow and images of triple crowns and dala horses were all over Sweden.

A view of Gamla Stan's giant Christmas tree.

Chris on the bridge to the island of Skeppsholmen.

Yet another beautiful scene on our walk to Djurgården island.

Skeppsholms Kyrkan on the island of Skeppsholmen.

Chris standing beside the world’s smallest car!!

Another beautiful shot of Stockholm’s waterfront.

Nina was a little obsessed with Stockholm’s many swans!

A beautiful waterfront hotel.

A dog guarding his boat.

Nina posing on the beautiful bridge to Djurgården island.

The Nordiska Museet (a museum of Scandinavian culture) on the island of Djurgården.

The Nordiska Museet is surrounded by an old cemetery. The Vasa Museet, which we also visited, is on the other side of the cemetery, across from the Nordiska Museet. Djurgården island has more than 10 museums, including a Pippi Longstocking museum, we saw three of them.

Chris standing at the entrance to the Nordiska Museet.

 

An exterior and interior example of a Swedish country home from the late 1800s inside the Nordiska Museet.

The entry way to the Nordiska Museet.

The Nordiska Museet also has an exhibit on Swedish shoes throughout the decades. Chris found the museum to be a bit too “girlie” and feel asleep on several different benches.

This is one of the many doll houses on display in the antique doll house exhibit.

This dress was worn by Swedish royalty and was on display in the exhibit for Swedish fashions throughout the decades.

The Nordiska Museet has a large exhibit on Scandinavian traditions and festivals, including this display on the Swedish Christmas, complete with St. Lucia and the Julbock.

Believe it or not, Swedes used to put real lit candles on their Christmas trees!

This display shows the table set for the Midsummer feast on the longest day of the year, when Swedish children dance around a maypole and eat strawberries.

The interior of the Nordiska Museet on Djurgården island.

An old Italian style villa on the island of Djurgården.

The circus/theater house next to the Skansen open air museum.

This is a model of the giant open air museum, Skansen. Skansen is the world’s first open-air museum, founded in 1891, to let visitors see how Scandinavians lived in previous times. The huge grounds are home to over 150 traditional Scandinavian dwellings, a zoo of native Scandinavian animals, several windmills and a recreated old-time, village, shopping center.

An old windmill that has been transported to the open air museum at Skansen.

Skogaholms Herrgård, a country estate at Skansen.

Another lovely windmill at Skansen.

An old bell tower used to call people to church.

One of the many horses living in straw roofed barns at Skansen.

A typical “Christmas” house of Sweden. We saw many homes that were painted red with green roofs. I guess the Swedes really love Christmas!

An example of a grass-roofed county home at Skansen. In the summer, Skansen is like a giant renaissance festival with people in native costumes, dancing, singing and other performances. There’s a giant mid-summer festival every June.

A beautiful country workshop, (called Kronbergs Ateljé), painted a common shade of Swedish yellow, at the Skansen outdoor museum.

A Skansen employee taking one of the museum/zoo’s many ponies out for a ride. We saw lines of children waiting for pony rides.

Fröstorp Kontor (apparently this lovely building was used as a medical office).

The tower of Skansen.

Native Swedish reindeer living at the Skansen Scandinavian animal zoo.

Fäbodvallen, a former camp of native Sami people of Northern Sweden.

Dala horses, one of the most easily recognized symbols of Sweden.

Älvros Gården at Skansen open air museum.

One of the entrances to the Biologiska Museet.

The Vasamuseet (Vasa ship museum) on the island of Djurgården.

A rather artistic shot of the Vasamuseet (if I do say so myself!)

The Vasa was underwater for 333 years before being rediscovered.  The briny waters of the Baltic Sea preserved the boat through the centuries.
A model of what the Vasa looked like with full sails and rigging.
A map showing Swedish naval deployments in the 17th century.
A view of the amazing wood carvings on the back of the Vasa.
Several of the sculptures were painted in a similar fashion to how they might have looked originally.
Nina posing in front of two of the canon ports.  These are the reason the Vasa sank.  It was only at sea for about 15-20 minutes before the lower canon ports started taking in water from high waves.  The people at the shipyard watched as the Vasa sank no more than 1500 meters from port.
A very interesting 3-D map of the world with various ships.
Another view of the model version of the Vasa.
Approaching the bow of the Vasa.
Incredibly detailed carvings adorned nearly every flat surface of the exterior of the ship.
Looking along the port side of the Vasa towards the bow.
Another view of the carvings on the stern.
These two small sculptures were painted as they would have been originally.
A view of some of the rigging.
Nina standing underneath one of the larger sculptures.

We ate delicious Thai food at Siam Thai on the historic island of Gamla Stan. This was the night that we learned that eating out in Stockholm is very expensive!!  Many of the larger restaurants were in the basements of other stores.

 

The tunnel leading to the bathroom at Siam Thai.