Exploring Stockholm - it was a relief to make it, finally in a city of charm. I had been told so much about it and yet had set foot in this Northern European country.
flight was smooth, though I had great amount of leg room in the SAS
flight being next to the emergency exit I unfortunately had a rather
hard seat, it seemed the cushion had been condensed within a millimetre
of it's life. However the service was relaxed and friendly. Straight
through passport control and my taxi was waiting to take me to the
25 minute taxi ride was easy, but discovered that the fast-rail network
is definitely the best and more economical option. The Rica Hotel
Kungsgatan is centrally located and had seemed to have recently
undergone a full refurbishment. On the edge of the central market we had
an excellent view of the colour market traders - on closer inspection
we realised they sold little variety and were vying for as much trade as
one another - the lack of choice was certainly outshone by the
colourful personalities of the traders. They like their mushrooms
took a walk up to the Observatory and around the central city to
familiarise ourselves. The stark difference with London was its piazzas
and outdoor drinking establishments, creating a very social atmosphere
of the naturally engaging Swedes.
Visit Stockholm and Stockholm Pride entertained us by sunset on
Sweden's largest lake at Malarpaviljongen - which is only open during
the summer - on a terrace jutting out on the water, before we were
transferred to Pride Park for the pre-night entertainment then onto
Hamburger Bors to see the final of Mr Gay Sweden (see the upcoming
Gay Sweden was a bit of a let down. The boys were dressed neck to toe
in black - no swim-suit round, no flexing muscles - just a question to
the contestants on how they would save the world (well that's what I
assumed as it was all in Swedish so I didn't understand a word). Once
the Gay was Crowned it was time for more drinks and dancing.
explored the city with Stockholm's finest cultural socialite. Sait took
us across the city by foot past the Palace and through the courtyard of
the Parliament, down into the old town through the cobbled streets.
Exploring the german built church before heading to brunch at Hilton
Stockholm Slussen awaiting the pride parade.
sun was out in all it's glory for the Pride Parade with one of the
largest and longest processions I have ever seen. Well done Stockholm.
the four hour parade we headed to the Photography exhibition before
making our way for a disco nap to prepare for another night out in
That night we checked out Wide Open at Berns. The description
labelled it a popular gay club, however as most Swedes explained - there
isn't a gay scene - it all merges into each other - and Berns was very
evident. There were groups of girls, boys, girls and boys and everything
inbetween - but a cool place to hangout. After getting bored of whether
one was gay or not we headed back to Hambuger Bors for more drinks and
took a walk along the lake to the island of Djurgarden for the world
famous wreck of the famous warship lost in 1628 - Vasa, which was
salvaged in 1961. This was incredible and definitely recommended -
photos in a dedicated article coming soon.
By the time we left Vasamuseet it was time for me to get the train back to the airport and head back to London.
Stockholm is a must visit.
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