Saturday, 13 August 2011
Sweden at last
Cocoon Sweden, who were a very friendly company. When we got to the flat we were amazed to find that it was huge, with two front doors (it was two flats knocked into one) and room to run and turn cartwheels just in the hall! Much bigger than we're used to or were expecting. It seemed to have endless doors and mirrors so that I kept turning the wrong way all week. It was a treat in itself, before we even started to explore the city.
Then it was on to the Moderna Museet -- the Museum of Modern Art -- which was given over to photography in most of the rooms. Very good. It was David's birthday -- he always gets his birthday in some swanky foreign location, it seems -- so we went out for a special dinner to Tranan, a nice restaurant on Odenplan, the square near our flat.
I'd better move it along a bit otherwise the blogpost will take as long as the holiday itself. On Monday we went by train and bus to Drottningholm Palace on Lake Malaren. A World Heritage site and very beautiful. The gardens were lovely too.
Tuesday was an all-day trip out through the islands of the archipelago to Svartsö, which we picked more or less at random on the basis of how long it would take to get there. The journey was just dreamy, floating past endless fantasy houses perched by the water. We also went past the statue 'God, our Father, on the rainbow' by Carl Milles -- incredibly modern for 1946 -- on Nacka Strand:
I think I'll have to make this Part 1 or I'll be here all night. Tomorrow I will do Djurgarden, my favourite bit of Stockholm...