We were finally able to visit Vasamuseet (The Vasa Museum), Scandinavia’s most visited museum and one of Sweden’s most popular tourist attractions.
On August 10, 1628, the 64-gun warship Vasa, which was then one of the world’s most powerfully armed vessels, sank on her maiden voyage just minutes after setting sail from Stockholm harbor.
After 333 years, the Vasa was salvaged with an almost intact hull in 1961. It’s the world’s only preserved 17th century ship and the Vasa Museum’s six floors give you a close encounter with each section of the vast ship and the artifacts recovered from it. You’re so close you can almost touch the ship!
It’s an incredible experience that you shouldn’t miss when you visit Sweden.
My favorite cartoon character is Donald Duck, and another reason I love Sweden is that he’s really popular here. Sorry, Mickey.
In fact, Donald Duck, who’s known here as Kalle Anka, has been part of the Christmas tradition in Sweden since 1959, and receives more write-in votes in elections than some actual politicians. (In 2006, however, Sweden changed its election laws to stop the practice of voting for nonexistent candidates.)
Got these two Kalle Anka back issues for five kronor each from the bargain bin of Comics Heaven. Yes, they’re in Swedish, but that’s just additional incentive for me to learn the language.
Not your run-of-the-mill hotel washroom. This is awesome, Nordic C Hotel!
The words aren’t immediately visible when you first walk in, as the soft lighting adjusts to reveal the quote from the Swedish playwright and novelist August Strindberg.
“Sweden’s oldest tobacco shop” was established in 1859. You’ll find this Tobak store at Stora Nygatan 19 in Stockholm’s Gamla Stan (Old Town).
Today, Sam and I saw snow for the first time. We’d just stepped outside T-Centralen (Central Station) on our way back to the hotel when snowflakes started falling.
We were giggling like crazy and babbling excitedly while taking pictures.
It stopped snowing just a few minutes later, so we were really just at the right place at the right time.
Ellen had already seen snow when she visited Stockholm in winter, but this was the first time Sam and I ever experienced snow. From sand to snow in just a day. Sam is now no longer just Rain Goddess Sam, but also Snow Goddess Sam hehe! 🙂
It’s spring in Stockholm, and that means cherry blossoms in Kungstradgarden. Happy to be back!
Ellen had some free time and was able to go with Samantha and me to Bali Collection. We went to Prada Priority Restaurant for our first real dinner together in Bali. Satay Campur, Nasi Campur, and Babi Guling!
At Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua’s Nikki Beach Bali. Ellen’s here for work while Sam and I are just tagging along haha! 🙂
Achievement unlocked! Sam, Ellen and I have finally crossed Bali off our bucket list. We took this last night when we arrived at Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort.