A Week-End in Stockholm

Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


It’s a rainy Sunday here and what greater way to spend a dull Sunday than looking back at a lovely summer trip? We spent a week-end in Stockholm at the end of July, mainly to go to two exhibitions, Yayoi Kusama at the Moderna Museum (here’s my blog post on it), and Josef Frank Patterns - Furniture - Painting at Millesgården (I’ll tell you all about this in a separate post). 


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


The weather was fabulous. With Sweden it’s always a gamble when it comes to weather, so end of July could be awesome. Or not. We were lucky this time, the sun shone all days and the temperature was perfect for a stroll, not too hot and not too chilly.

We landed in Stockholm late afternoon and immediately went for a walk. I hadn’t taken the camera wiht me as I didn’t want to ”work”, just enjoy the nice weather and being back in Stockholm. I couldn’t hold myself, of course, so I took a lot of photos with my cell phone in the end (sorry about that). It was just THE perfect summer evening in Stockholm, what with golden light, no wind, lots and lots of water and boats, and people enjoying the week-end.


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Typical Swedish: Dala horses; they make very popular souvenirs.


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Typical Swedish: people sitting anywhere and enjoying the fine weather. If you’ve spent one (long, dark) winter in Sweden, you’d do the same, take my word for it. Pictured above - the Royal Theater.


Grand Hotel Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Grand Hotel Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Grand Hotel Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


We’ve stayed at the Grand HotelWe usually stay at a LHW hotel when travelling, and Grand Hotel is the only hotel in Sweden that is part of LHW (Leading Hotels Of The World). 

The LHW membership costs around 150 US dollars per year, and it’s well worth it if you’re traveling a lot. Benefits include for instance free breakfast (which is usually very expensive), free newspaper of choice, and a small gift.

We were a bit disappointed with the service this time, considering this is five stars hotel and a LHW member. We actually had to call LHW customer service upon arrival. Unfortunately nothing happened as LHW couldn’t get hold of management when they called the hotel (!). We didn’t get an apology from the hotel either. 


Grand Hotel Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Grand Hotel Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Anyway, the hotel is very fine otherwise, and it has a great location, just across the royal palace. The images above are shot from the Cadier Bar - with the palace in the background. The bar is perfect for a drink with friendsa Friday evening, or an afternoon tea (their afternoon tea is very good).


Grand Hotel Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


One afternoon we had vanilla ice cream with warm cloudberries which is an yummy Swedish dessert. This was well worth the price (190 SEK).


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm is simply breathtaking in summer, and I didn’t realized how mcuh I missed it. We haven’t been back in Sweden a lot, but preferred travelling in Switzerland and central Europe - to take advantage of the location so to speak. It’s much easier to travel from here than from Stockholm.


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


An usual sight when we lived in Stockholm: the Royal Palace, the archipelago traffic boats and the sighseeing boats. Besides the exhibitions, we didn’t do too much, but simply enjoyed strolling through the city and revisiting favorite spots.


Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Swedes taking advantage of the fine summer weather in Kungsträdgården. Including us :-).


Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


Kungsträdgården, Stockholm, Sweden by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com


I spent a ridiculous amount of time watching the kids chasing soap bubbles in Kungsträdgården. Pure joy. It was a nice adieu to Stockholm and Sweden. We’ll be back!


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