Day 2 Sat 18 Dec 2004
9am - down for breakfast, filled up with everything on offer, then down town to find the Tourist Information office (which I failed to find yesterday). It turns out that I had been standing on top of it! No wonder I couldn't see it. A very helpful lady in the tourist office gave me all the info I needed and I got a Stockholm card (which gets me into the museums and some transport).
I headed off to the Vasa Museum which houses a 16th century Swedish warship that capsized (just like the Mary Rose) on its maiden voyage. It's amazing to see how much was preserved by the mud - all they had to do it replace the masts, and the whole boat was ready to sail again! (well, almost!)
Then nipped across the road to the Nordiska Museum, an interesting place, a huge building with some strange exhibits, such as the Maccano set in the toy section, oh and a big statue of the first King of Sweden. After that it was a walk up to the Historiska museum to see the Gold room, a lot of gold with some very intricate work.
After all those museums, it was time for a canal cruise (part of the Stockholm Card), an interesting trip around the Djurgarden Island (with lots of photos).
Then it was down to the Nobel Museum just before closing time! An interesting place, they have a mechanical overhead track with photos of all the Nobel Laurates. Amazingly one of the displays had a Nansen Passport, and I'd just last night I'd been reading a book about him and the passport named after him.
The weather has now turned and it's wet and cold, nipped into a 7-11 to use the Internet, and then onto a pizza joint to get something to eat.