Our trip to the Vasa Museum....
29.07.2011 - 29.07.2011 27 °C
If this is Friday it must be Stockholm, Sweden. We woke early this morning due to another hour times’ change. Probably one of the most difficult things about this cruise is the number of time changes we have made during our cruise east and then again west. The positive in all of this was as we awoke around 5 AM we opened the drapes to the most scenic cruise into a port.
Stockholm is located on the world’s largest archipelago which means the ship has to zig zag through some 30,000 islands. Many summer homes are located on these islands – some of the famous residents are Tiger Woods’s ex Elen, many of the NHL stars (Nik Lindstrom, Mats Sundin and many more) and the boys from ABBA.
We docked at 8 AM and promptly headed for the Hop On Hop Off boat. Unlike most other major cities Stockholm is located on a series of islands so it makes sense to tour the area by boat. Our first stop was the Vasa Museum, dedicated solely to the Vasa ship which sunk about 200 meters into its’ maiden voyage. This all occurred in 1628. It seems that it happened due to an engineering mistake of adding a full extra deck. The wild part is that the ship remained,in the harbour, undiscovered until 1961. One particular person was convinced that the ship was in a particular area yet people kept saying the mass in the water was rocks that had been dumped there during the city construction. He had almost given up looking for the ship when he went out one last time and with a lead core plumb, dropped it and discovered the ship. Through painstaking efforts they dove down to find that the ship had remained totally intact for 333 years. The efforts to raise the Vasa all at once was successful and that ship is now housed in this museum. What a site and what a museum. This is a ‘not to miss’ stop on any trip to Stockholm.
We hopped back on the bus and travelled to Old Town, a lovely area surrounding the Royal Palace. Yes, just like Buckingham Palace they have palace guards who make great ceremony of changing at noon each day. This area is also home to the Nobel Museum – we took a pass on the museum settling for a much needed morning coffee instead!
It was off to another stop, the major high end shopping area. We happened upon the Saluhall, the Stockholm version of Granville Island. Being lunchtime we thought we would indulge our senses and have some lunch – all the locals seemed to b eating there. The meal was ordered and we paid – boy, did we pay. We each had one open faced sandwich, mine with shrimp and egg on rye bread and Marty’s a selection of salmon on rye. No lunch would be complete without a local beer for each of us. And the cost you might ask – a mere $55.00 for the four items! It was pricy but very, very tasty......
Back to the HOHO boat and back to the ship for a much needed rest! This touring can be very tiring. Tomorrow is a day at sea and a day to relax.