Oopsie whoopsie, time is indeed flying and Christmas is approaching—A bit too fast even! Unfortunately, we still have no sign of snow in this little south-western Finnish town I live in. A couple days back we had a white layer on the ground approximately one millimeter thick, so as you can guess, it didn’t take too long to melt away completely.
To get to the point, the snow situation in southern Finland is not the topic of this post. Instead I wanted to give you a very brief peek into the neighbouring country, Sweden, where we spent our weekend. How did the Decembery Stockholm look like?
Our original plan was to spend the weekend in Tallinn, Estonia having Stockholm and a few other European cities like Riga, Gdansk and Budapest as a backup plan. However, Decembery Stockholm won the contest, thanks to the weekend weather forecast, even if it was quite stormy just before we took the ferry from Finnish seaside city Turku over to Stockholm.
Despite of the final destination, the main purpose of the weekend trip was to visit Christmas markets in Europe, and so we did – not once or twice, but we saw three different Christmas markets in the capital of Sweden.
Talking about boats, they ended up being one of the main topics of the trip; Boats, boats, boats!
Perhaps you are wondering what I mean by that? Well, not only were we travelling to Sweden and back by boat, at this point I will only let you have a quick peek out of our hotel room skylight.
This is what I saw when I was laying on the bed:
Anyway, I will tell you more about that later (or if you really can’t wait, you can read about our night in the lovely hotel boat MS Monika right now here).
What else did we see during the weekend in Decembery Stockholm besides Christmas markets and boats? Well, animals, at least. And more animals. And a little bit more animals. Cute and fluffy, hairy and slimy, wild and tame, small and big.
They were hanging around our hotel…
…and perhaps somewhere else as well.
No, the buffalos weren’t wandering on the streets of Stockholm. Them, among the many other animals, we saw when exploring the open air museum and zoo Skansen in the island of Djurgården in the centre of Stockholm.
Skansen also has a Christmas Market, and the place is absolutely lovely, but is Stockholm’s Skansen really worth visiting without kids? Make your own decision after reading this post!
Our weekend trip to Decembery Stockholm might have been short, but it definitely was efficient. By this I don’t only mean the various things we got to see and experience in two days; A quick check up on Google Maps confirmed we managed to walk around 30 kilometers around the city in the brisk December weather, with our backpacks packed with curiosity.
No wonder my legs were aching like hell after getting back home!
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