Carrying on from Part 1 with more scenes of the waterfront and the shopping area of Östermalm, we begin with shots taken from the river. I took my daughter to rent some peddle boats. After choosing one that was impossible to get away from the dock (brilliant!) we moved into one on the end and took off. I forgot how much work it is to get down the water in those things!
Once we cleared the bridge we came upon a huge park that we didn't get to see on foot but was certainly pretty enough from the water:
There was a beautiful house in Scandinavian style, or maybe it was something else - I'll investigate the park more thoroughly next time I'm in Stockholm which will be in May.
Kind of surreal was this gate that was attached to nothing!
The entrance to the park was this beautiful electric blue and gold gate:
I decided we should head back so we didn't go over our hour and have to pay another 200 krona (the equivalent of about £20), but when I turned us around we fell into difficulty. I couldn't steer us and we ended up alongside the rocky bank as if magnetised, and nothing I did to get us away worked. After a good 15 minutes and getting rather sweaty and angry trying I nearly lost my mind! I humbly apologise to Stockholm for the terrible words I called the boat and the rocks. The rocks were completely innocent in the matter, but I'm not so sure the boat was. I honestly thought we were stranded on the river. Still, it probably didn't deserve the Yngvie Malmsteen-esque fury I unleashed upon it.
Somehow we got righted - the fury worked! - and made our way back to the dock with a few minutes to spare:
After that interesting outing we headed over the bridge and walked along the seafront toward the shopping district:
There were lots of houseboats docked along the river:
We had pistachio gelato on waffle cones and it was probably the best pistachio anything I've had:
Stockholm is a very clean city, so I found it funny that the one blatant piece of litter I did see in the Östermalm streets was an Ikea bag. I did not actually see an Ikea, however!
I loved the happy mailboxes all over Stockholm in light blue and yellow:
The guys kind of do look like Alexander Skarsgard, in case you were wondering:
This was an ad on a bus, but I did wonder for a split second if it was a mobile Abba museum. It's Sweden, you never know!
Swedish girls watching the koi in the pond in the city centre:
There was a marathon in Östermalm that day. If we didn't already get the impression that Swedes are supremely fit and healthy, this certainly demonstrated it. This was their home base where the runners wait to start the race.
This cutie wasn't concerned with the race and took a rest in the shade:
I know it's immature, but the names of their chocolate bars were funny to me. I bought one each of Kex, Sport Lunch and Plopp for my daughter and had a bite, and have to admit that for cheap chocolate they weren't bad!
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