I recently returned from a thrilling vacation in Sweden and Denmark with my friend Michelle. Before this trip, I had visited many European countries but had never seen Scandinavia. I had heard wonderful things about the area, and assumed I would love Stockholm and Copenhagen as much as the other great cities of Europe. I was wrong — I liked them even more! Stay tuned to my upcoming posts to learn why.

      Our first stop was Stockholm, which thrilled me with its perfect balance of architecture, nature, history, and modern culture. The city sits on several islands, so a calming, spacious water view is always nearby. The people were friendly and laid-back, and they seemed happy — no, downright joyful — to be out enjoying a gorgeous Swedish summer.

      I was captivated by the city right away, and managed to walk 30,000 steps on my first full day there. I didn’t want to stop exploring this gorgeous place! Here are some of my views around Stockholm.

      View of Stockholm from from Monteliusvägen
      Landscape view of Gamla Stan (Old Town), as seen from from Monteliusvägen in Stockholm

       

      The Katarina-Sofia area of Stockholm
      My lovely friend Michelle while wandering through the Katarina-Sofia area of Stockholm

       

      Monteliusvägen in Stockholm
      A selfie of an overjoyed me while I was watching the sunset high above Stockholm

       

      Gamla Stan in Stockholm
      Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town

       

      Narrow cobblestone street in Gamla Stan
      One of the narrow cobblestone streets of Gamla Stan

       

      Stockholm waterfront
      A couple enjoying a sunny summer day along the waterfront

       

      Gamla Stan
      Gamla Stan

       

      Sunset picnic at Monteliusvägen in Stockholm
      Picnics at a park along the Monteliusvägen walking path. So many people of all ages were out enjoying a summer sunset, and it was a joy to see them making the most of the weather.

       

      Painter in Stortorget in Stockholm's Gamla Stan
      A painter enjoying the vivid colors of Stortorget, a beautiful square in Gamla Stan

       

      Stockholm metro train
      Not a bad view for a commute

       

       

      Colorful streets of Gamla Stan in Stockholm
      Colorful streets of Gamla Stan

       

      Stockholm skyline
      Stockholm skyline

       

      Fotografiska, a phenomenal photography museum in Stockholm
      Fotografiska, a phenomenal photography museum in Stockholm

       

      Gröna Lund, Stockholm's waterfront amusement park
      Gröna Lund, Stockholm’s waterfront amusement park

       

      Oysters
      The first of many amazing meals we had in Scandinavia!

       

      Sunset in Stockholm
      Summer’s late setting sun

       

      Salmon
      I never realized how pretty salmon could be.

       

      Gröna Lund, Stockholm's waterfront amusement park
      Gröna Lund, Stockholm’s waterfront amusement park

       

      Stockholm skyline
      Stockholm skyline

       

      A park in Djurgarden in Stockholm
      A park in Djurgarden

       

      Stockholm skyline, as seen from from Monteliusvägen
      Stockholm skyline, as seen from from Monteliusvägen

       

      Stockholm waterfront
      Stockholm waterfront

       

      Reflections in Katarina-Sofia in Stockholm
      Reflections in Katarina-Sofia

       

      Stockholm sunset
      Stockholm sunset

       

      The changing of the Swedish Royal Guard outside the Palace
      The changing of the Swedish Royal Guard outside the Palace

       

      Colorful Stockholm
      Colorful Stockholm

       

      Smells like shit, tastes like heaven
      Seen while shopping for fun stuff!

       

      twilight
      Twilight

       

      Gamla Stan view from across the water
      Gamla Stan view from across the water

       

      The Skånska Gruvan building
      The Skånska Gruvan building, a former exhibition hall with an amazing staircase

       

      Stortorget, in Stockholm's old town of Gamla Stan
      Stortorget, a beautiful square in Stockholm’s old town of Gamla Stan

       

      Gröna Lund, Stockholm's waterfront amusement park
      Gröna Lund, Stockholm’s waterfront amusement park

       

      Kulturhuset Stadsteatern – Stockholm House of Culture and City Theatre
      Kulturhuset Stadsteatern – Stockholm House of Culture and City Theatre

       

      Sunset view from the Monteliusvägen cliffside trail in Stockholm
      Enjoying the sunset from the Monteliusvägen cliffside trail

       

      Stockholm
      Stockholm

      Coming up tomorrow: Photos of our adventure in the islands of the Stockholm archipelago!


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