After getting to bed early the night before, we were geared and ready to start our next day on the city! We began by strategically heading to one of the only places in Stockholm that's actually open before 11am, the Sky view globe track! Skyview is positioned outside the Ericcson Globe arena (which is exactly what it sounds like), and is basically two glass gondolas that travel up two sets of rails outside the arena, to about 130 meters above sea level.
|An outside view of the gondola Skyview track|
|Mom and I riding up the track in the glass gondolas|
|One of the other globes passing us on it's way up|
|Cresting at the top of the track|
|To be met with this view :)|
|Mom and I in the Skyview globe|
|Our fellow glass globe riders|
|The inside of our tour bus - compete with headphones and English dialogue! I love it when that happens (English, that is.)|
|Our sightseeing boat|
|Mom and I on the (windy) docks|
|The outside of the Nordiska museum|
|The inside of the main exhibit|
Skansen is an "open air museum" and is also set on the island of Djurgården, just a little ways away from the Nordic museum. However, instead of exhibits and displays of artwork or history that you can look at, Skansen is an experienced museum - one that occupies half the island with old Swedish buildings, house, churches, glass-blowing shops, furniture shops and other buildings from the Swedish history. While wandering around the buildings, you'll happen upon workers there, dressed in the Swedish attire of the building they work in (for example, a pastor's wife, a peasant, a nobleman, etc.) who will tell you of the history contained in the era or house. Basically, the whole thing is SUPER cool.
|Streets of Skansen|
|The old windmills|
|One of the nicer houses in Swedish history - I believe this belonged to a merchant?|
|Some of the staff in Skansen|
|One of my favorite houses - you had to mow the roof as well as the lawn :)|
|A weaving and wool working station in one of the houses - they even let Mom try!|
|A Skansen potter|
|One of the old Swedish stoves|
While wandering around Skansen, we also happened upon the petting zoo they have there, and got to play with all sorts of animals!
|A peacock that was wandering around the park, chasing the females around (who were also loose)|
|A sloth. He was pretty weird. And not that cute.|
|Lemurs, that were bouncing around during feeding time - there were dozens of them! And they were super cute :)|
|One of the Mommy lemurs carrying around "Peanut", one of the babies who was about 1 year old|
|Swedish meatballs with a cream sauce and lingonberry jam! Oh my goodness. It was divine.|
P.S. The day ended with Swedish chocolate. Always a plus.