Friday, May 20, 2016
A Wonderful day in the Stockholm Archipelago City of Vaxholm
Friday, 20 May, 2016:
Since there is no American football today, then it must be . . .
First up was the a ride on the 565 bus to the heart of Stockholm.
My initial goal was Stockholm's Strömgatan waterfront area with a walk through . . .
. . . Kungsträdgården
King of Sweden and Norway
Lion Protecting the King
The Three Crowns of Sweden
She's got an Allé named after her?
Her Allé is Green
Why is this man smiling?
Once at the waterfront, I found the boat that would whisk me off 20 miles into the Stockholm Archipelago.
My Craft Awaits
Laurie and I first sailed through this Archipelago back in 2010 on a cruise ship from Stockholm headed to Tallinn, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia.
There are approximately 24,000 absolutely gorgeous islands in the Archipelago, so I was excited to revisit at least a part of the island system.
The boat ride, courtesy of the
Waxholmsbolaget Line, was GREAT
We were headed to Vaxholm about a
third of the way into the Archipelago
On our mini-cruise, we would pass many interesting sights.
The Gröna Lund Tivoli
The af Chapman is now a Hostel
Stockholm in our wake
An old Windmill without blades?
Quaint Bath House
The Ferry from Tallinn, Estonia
Finally, we arrived in Vaxholm on the island of Vaxön.
The Vaxholm Fortress
King Gustav Vasa ordered this fortress to be built in 1544 to protect Stockholm from invaders. The Danes were repelled in 1612 and the Russians were turned back in 1719.
Laurie's Dad Bill would have
turned 90 yesterday
He was always extremely proud of his service in the Crescenta-Cañada Rotary Club in California.
The tower of Vaxholm's City Hall
Vaxholm's City Council Chambers
Ceiling Art in the Council Chambers
A small fishermen's village
Boats everywhere you look
I don't know if I'd drink
milk from these cans
The Archipelago is soothing
I think that this style of home
architecture is called Fiskarebostad
Time for the quick ferry ride
to the Fortress
Bird Pooped Cannon
View of Vaxholm from
the Fortress island
Come on you Russians,
I DARE YOU!
The WC's hearts was a nice touch
People live in the Fortress
Strike Up the Band!
Old Sea Mines
The Fortress' Inner Courtyard
Blue Wheels are Good
Good Luck sneaking
past the Fortress
Helmet without a Soldier
The Military History of the Fortress
lies within these walls
I just liked it
Soldier from King Gustav Vasa's
day would be my guess
Captain Morgan was Swedish?
Not sure why these are in
a Military Museum
A Swedish Soldier
holding off the Russians
It takes a village to fire a cannon
Nautical Instrument of some sort
Strange looking weapon made in 1893
Wait, is that Miami Dolphins
OT Laremy Tunsil?
Big Old Boat
I like decorated bikes
The things you see for sale
in beautiful downtown Vaxholm
What a great, great day on this beautiful little island but it was time to head home on another Waxholmsbolaget ferry which would need an hour to get us safely back to Stockholm.
We docked in front of
Stockholm's Grand Hotel
I was still feeling good, so a stroll through the Gamla Stan district was called for.
It's Good to be the King!
The sunny weather brought out the
people of Stockholm on a Friday night
A Naked Man and a Mermaid
Some Stockholm streets
are quite narrow
Not easily impressed
Church spires dominate the
Old Chair in a coffee house
Stockholm Bloodbath Building
on the left
The old blue chair is from the coffee house on the ground floor of the Bloodbath Building.
The Royal Palace
Another Church Spire
I liked the shadow effect
Water by the Parliament Building
A fönster is a window
I'll miss the Bollywood Dancing
in Stockholm tomorrow
But only because of the FANTASTIC
Warriors Spring Party
The day will include games by all three of the Warriors squads, U11, U13 and U15.
I'm not sure how accurate the step counting app on my iPhone actually is, but according to it, I took 24,222 steps today in walking 10.93 miles/17.6 km and climbing 11 flights of stairs.
No wonder that I'm a bit tired tonight.