The northern city of Stockholm - how warm it is inside! Narrow, curved streets, where the two of them sometimes do not disperse, are quite St. Petersburg well-yards, miniature squares and a sea of various monuments. Away from the Baltic expanses, in the center of residential buildings there are no strict tones and stunning wind, exhausting the soul. Here, all the shades of terracotta on the facades of houses and in the decor, as if the sun touched Stockholm with rays at sunset ...
Each roof of the house, each narrow street makes you turn up your head and look through the eyes of the attic, where a man lived in his prime, familiar to each of us since childhood, Carlson. At some point it becomes unimportant how many kings and for what reason there are numerous equestrian monuments, covered with purebred greens. You just wander along the broken stone pavement, admire the doll-white benches in the square near the town hall, from somewhere above you see the motley Yugorden and suddenly hold your breath entranced, catching a huge ocean liner almost in the center of Stockholm through the steaming bus.
Stockholm is considered to be the Venice of the North. I will not argue, because in Venice was not. He reminded me rather of Peter: the same islands, the strict facades of palaces and public buildings at them, looking aloof into the lead gray of water. The water is everywhere here, but the vigorous Baltic wind does not leave a damp chance, it does not allow stagnation.
If we talk about smells, then Stockholm smells like ... coffee. Oh, here is the real cult of this drink! For only 3 euros you will make a huge cup of cappuccino. Get in your own way with your loved one to a cozy sofa at the vast shop window, hug the thick walls of the cup, feel its warmth - and watch the series about the life of the city in the spirit of reality shows ...
Speaking of coffee. There is a wonderful tradition in Stockholm. Students are allowed to drink coffee from morning to night for free, you only have to pay for the first cup of this divine drink. That is why it is common practice for Stockholm cafes: a motley flock of students climbing onto a sofa and discussing the latest city news, new movies and pitfalls of the upcoming session.
Even if you go to the main shopping street (the pedestrian zone where you get by crossing the bridge from the royal palace), nothing will distract you from the ceremonial contemplation of souvenirs. One may build “horns” with toy plush reindeer, try on the same horned Viking helmets and fall into childhood, choosing a tiny, shaggy Scandinavian warrior squeezing a halberd or ax in his fist - no one will stop you and look in your direction disapprovingly. That is why shopping in Stockholm is a heavenly pleasure. As they say, you will buy for a penny, and delight - for two weeks.
Vasa Museum - tourist Mecca not only foreigners, but also the Swedes themselves. By and large, the history of the Vasa’s ship is remarkable only because of the mistake of the shipbuilders (this version is in the top in popularity) the luxurious royal sailing ship sank right in the center of Stockholm, without having time to really get down on the water. But the Swedes are an enterprising people and, out of national disgrace, created national pride, so much so that no one really noticed the substitution.
To get to the Vasa ship museum, you need to go to the island of Jugorden. Around the museum building you can also find many interesting things, including anchors and other marine paraphernalia “in the old style” and in a very Scandinavian style.
Inside pass strictly one by one, through the turnstile. In the twilight of one of the most original Swedish museums you will be comfortable, and most importantly - interesting. Wheelchairs are available for disabled people. It is best to walk here without a guide, because 40 minutes of sightseeing to get acquainted with the exhibition is not enough - there are six levels, a cinema hall, a restaurant, a shop and a lot of individual exhibitions for all tastes. There is even a ship model for visually impaired people. Toilets and children's rooms should be searched at level 4 at the entrance (next to the wardrobe) and at level 3 along the stern of the ship.
Shop in the museum - a separate song. Here we finally managed to find real Swedish matches (we often call them mantels), and brought a fashionable tie to my grandfather as a gift. Photographing is included in the ticket price, but the light is very dim, so you need an external flash.
It is important:
the museum is closed on January 1, December 23-25
from September 1 to May 31 is open from 10.00 to 17.00 (on Wednesdays until 20.00)
from June 1 to August 31 is open from 8.30 to 18.00
December 31 - limited opening hours
Even if for some reason you do not have time to see anything except Vasa’s ship, the exposition's nail and the reason for creating the museum, time will not be wasted. And here are collected exhibits from the history of the Swedish fleet, a photo report of the operation to raise the ship Vasa. You never know something interesting can find a curious tourist!
In Stockholm, even the queue for the ferry is somehow excessively civilized. It is believed that the main difficulty for the tourist is to focus on the ferry, especially in the part of the 2nd residential deck. I report: not at all difficult. I regret about one thing, though: concentrating on the intricacies of the ship corridors, I did not have time to send a farewell kiss of this pleasantly to the spiritual northern city - Stockholm.
Hopefully, the wild swans met me on the way to Turku: they just flew in the right direction ...