After a huge delay, for which I apologize, here are some more pictures from our Scandinavian trip this winter. These are all from Stockholm, Sweden, where we took the overnight ferry from Helsinki for a couple days. The top left picture is our ship, and the hotel we stayed in while in Stockholm. The middle picture is from our hotel room window. The hotel was located right near the boat terminal, as you can see, and it was pretty close to the subway, so we could get anywhere in the city pretty easy. The top right picture is of the main market hall, which all Scandinavian cities seem to have.

We spent most of out two days in Stockholm walking around the city being tourists. Although this was hampered by the fact that a lot of the big tourist attractions are closed in the winter. So we got lots of pictures of the outsides of things. We did make it into a couple of beautiful churches. Lots of neat stained glass, and statues and stuff. The statue of the guy on the horse, I believe in "St. George and the Dragon", made sometimes in the 1400's. It's pretty sweet.

Above Left: Heather reading a guidebook - this happens a lot! Heather finds out what all of the things I take pictures of are.

Above Right: Us standing in from of a tank in the most pacifist country in all of Europe. These are both out in front of the National Armory, which was closed due to its' being winter.

Left and Right: The National Theater building.

These obelisks light up to display levels of air and water pollution in various locations around the archipelago.

These were all from our walk to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa was a war ship built in the 1600's that, on her maiden voyage under light winds and clear skies, sailed about one kilometer and then sank. It was lost until the 1960s when someone found it, and there was much work done to pull it back up and restore it. The built the museum specifically to house it, and it's right on the water so that they could sail the ship into the museum, then complete building the final wall and pump all the water out. The masts on the outside of the museum are representative of how tall the masts actually were.

Pictures from inside the Vasa Museum. Having seen the ship, I can't believe it made it even as far as I did. It's not very wide, super tall, and looks very top heavy. Supposedly if it were just about a foot wider, it would have been stable. Unfortunately, at the time it was built, the didn't know much about engineering, and used a lot of the trial and error method.

I'm standing inside a diving bell that was used in the initial recovery efforts. It's essentially a big upside down pail that you stand in and hope it holds some air in the top. I'm a bit tall, though, so it wasn't very comfortable.

There was a Backgammon tournament going on in the museum while we were there.

These next photos are all from in and around Gamla Stan, which is one of the oldest areas in Stockholm. It is an island in the middle of the city, and is home to many government buildings. There are also lots of little shops and wonderful restaurants. We ate dinner at Fem Sma Hus, which means Five Small Houses. It is in the basement of several buildings which have all been connected together, the oldest of which was built in 1651.

This is the heaviest known coin ever made. Well, it's actually a replica. The original is in a case. It weighs approximately 35 pounds, if I remember correctly. No wonder it never made it into common circulation.
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Posted 5-15-2006