• Tour Stockholm
In traveling, I do not like organized tours. And in general everything that someone else organizes for me. Well, I do not believe in what someone has to do something to me better than I could do herself. Especially in the field of tourism and sightseeing.
But the tour of Stockholm that offers a cruise company St.PetersLine, impressed me with its brevity, and I almost did not hesitate to agree.
This tour was approximately as follows: we took away from the ferry on the bus were taken to a children's museum Junibacken, and then several flights (which started about once every half hour) were taken back to the ferry from the old town. As a bonus, all also issued a tourist card (very useful, given the fact that in Sweden in the course of the euro does not).
The first stop on the way was the Children's Museum TALES Astrid Lindgren's Junibacken. And if you go to Stockholm with children - this is the place, which in any case can not miss!
Of course, in our three and a half years we were not able to fully appreciate the "exposure", "museum." Why are there three, me and most, in my 33 does not say the names of characters Alfons Åberg, Petson and his cat Findus, Mullah Mek and others. But this is certainly regrettable fact did not interfere with the pleasure of the children's playground.
and strummed Nabes enough, we went on a magical train journey (which can not be removed, and so, when I was a child obediently obeyed).
There is nothing more beautiful for a baby than after violent games to plunge into a quiet tale ... and let out all the characters we know unless Karolsona, it does not matter ... The impression that "we were flying on a magic train over the city" has become the most vivid memories of a trip my son . And the joy of recognizing the characters will come a little later, when we come back here in a more advanced age (and we will come back, I'm pretty sure).
After the train has at least two more children's playgrounds, where possible, we look forward to continuing to rage.
Labyrinths, trains, balconies, caves, hills ... then there just is not ...
Baby for a long time to be floating in the store ... my mother and grandmother, of course, immediately put Boucicaut. After bobblehead for a long time "selling" good, giving his all to look in the kids shop.
In the museum there is also a cafe, a snack, but we were with him supplies, and the day was so beautiful that we chose to eat on the waterfront next to the museum. They found a shop overlooking the bay and in general was very nice. Especially considering we just inherited magical weather.
In the step of Junibacken located another interesting museum - Vasa. Too, Stockholm "The MAST SI", but for adults.
BACA - Swedish warship Launched in the summer of 1628. the world's only surviving ship of the XVII century, as well as a rare artistic value. He preserved not only the skeleton of the ship, but also about 90% of its side covering sculptures.
How could it happen? The official legend:
"August 10, 1628 in Stockholm harbor sailed a large warship. It was newly built Vasa, named after the ruling dynasty. As part of the ceremony he was made a salute from the guns located in the holes on both sides of the ship.
When the mighty ship was moving slowly toward the entrance of the harbor, a sudden gust of wind blew. Vasa bent, but then again straightened. The second impulse blocked the ship on its side. Through the open holes for guns gushing water. Vasa sank to the bottom and became a grave for at least 30, and possibly also from 50 to 150 team members. Only 333 years after Vasa again I saw the light of day. "
But he remained in a safe and sound all the time? I myself repeatedly dived at a much later wrecks and could only admire the remaining metal core. But here all survived, including his astounding subtlety sculpture.
It is very difficult to imagine, but it turns out the tree under the water eats a worm Teredo navalis, and in cold and salted waters of the Baltic Sea it is not very common ... So Vasa remained virtually unscathed.
But he survived so well, after being raised to the surface, because over time, the wood can crack and fall to pieces? This story deserves a separate essay, and certainly not the only one already has been written.
Initially Vasa doused with water jets, and at this time, experts have developed a proper method of preservation. Selected protective material appeared polyethylene glycol, a water soluble viscous substance which penetrates slowly into the wood by replacing water. Spraying polyethylene glycol lasted for many years.
Now for the safety of the ship, you can not worry about. But it still cherish from direct sunlight and temperature changes. And of course the ubiquitous tourists, of which a great variety here. Touch the ship, you can not wander through it, we can only be seen from afar. The ship is huge and the site for viewing already occupy several floors.
And on a small layout, you can see how this ship appeared in color! Do not forget, this is a warship! =)
After a visit to this museum is the time to go into the old town - obyazatelnuyu part of the program for those who are the first in Stockholm.
From the island to the old Stockholm Yurgoden go probably 30-40 minutes. The children, of course, a bit longer (though for those who are still in a wheelchair, this time a little otchichny vzremnut). It is a pleasant walk !!! The path runs along the picturesque waterfront, on the one hand rest which dozens of small yahtochek, and on the other towering picturesque houses. And if Peter - this "Venice of the North" (although I do not share this opinion), the Stockholm, definitely - this northern Nice! Or Cannes.
The waters here a lot ... And so many and different ships, yachts, boats, ships ... everything that floats and it creates a certain atmosphere. Actually the city stands on 14 islands connected by bridges. And that's it. And in the so-called "Stockholm Archipelago" is altogether more than 24 thousand islands, islets and simply rocks.
Stockholm was founded over 700 years ago! In the center - Gamla stan, which means "Old Town" and Riddarholmen, that means in translation "Knight's Island", is the largest and most well-preserved medieval city center in Northern Europe, which has been created in the thirteenth century.
It so happened that the war party avoided this place and all the troubles of the XX century Stockholm hardly touched. Therefore, wander through these streets that have certainly covered a touch of modernity, infinitely pleasant.
In the off-season people are not so much, although it is felt that at least the area of a large Stockholm sharpened it as tourists. Many restaurants, shops, souvenir ...
But many quiet streets and courtyards makes you feel still not fashionable tourist center, namely, the old town, which had not yet fully reborn in the open-air museum.
And in Stockholm, a lot of interesting details. For example, coloring technical boxes under the little houses ...
Or luxuriously trimmed trees ... and so on. D.
And of course the picturesque quays and bridges.
The sea is everywhere. Even the jewelry store windows are decorated in "maritime-style".
By the way shops - Stockholm separate chip! Nowhere have I seen so many nice little shops and obviously copyright, in which so would like to go (and to buy all or almost all). With that, I suffer a pronounced shopping phobia, such impressions of the city - it's just the highest score shopping opportunities the city ... Ladies, take note ...
But I still did not buy ... ... There was no time for a pleasant stroll through the city gradual evening came.
Return time we choose from several suggested a return bus flights (they started with a difference of half an hour). Even on the way to Junibacken all tourists surveyed and distributed tickets for a certain time, which also identified and the point where he was waiting for the bus. It is in the heart of the old city, close to the royal palace. Oboznalsya and confuse impossible.
Of course, we chose the latter flight. And there were in the majority. At the appointed hour, there was already a crowd.
Therefore, the bus was a few ...
In less than half an hour we have already climbed on board our "Princess Anastasia".