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Birding Opps: Info for our birding friends. Here you will see: Tawny Owls, Robins, Treecreeper, Green Woodpecker, Siskin, Yellowhammer and Field Fare.
Birding in Stockholm (http://birdinginstockholm.com/) offers several tour options to enhance your birding.
Here’s where to find your local Birding Pals (http://birdingpal.org/Sweden.htm)
The Fat Birder (fatbirder.com/links_geo/europe/sweden.html) offersmigration and habitat info as well as where to site the birds.
Shopping: Everywhere you go in Stockholm there are shops, boutiques, stores and galleries to tempt your indulgence.
Transportation: What you need to know is here (visitsweden.com)
Business Information: Stockholm is open for your Business! Check out (investstockholm.com)
Liquor Warning: All alcoholic beverages in Sweden are heavily taxed, thus even a glass of wine will produce sticker shock.
US Embassy: (http://sweden.usembassy.gov/) – Embassy telephone number: +46 (0) 8 783 5300
Exchange Rates (http://www.x-rates.com/)
Day One: We suggest beginning at the Swedish Museum of National Antiquities – May –August: Daily: 10-5, Sept-April: Tu-Su: 11-5, Narvavägen 13, 114 84 Stockholm, 46 8 519 556 00
The National Historical Museum covers Swedish cultural history and art from the Stone Age to the 16th century. The museum is also the place to see objects related to Vikings, including the Mastermyr chest. This is a good way to orient yourself to Swedish culture.
To follow that thought our Cousin Berith suggests the Stockholm Concert Hall for your next stop – Roskildegatan 1, Helsingborg 252 21, 46 42 104270
Since its opening in 1926, the Konserthuset has been the home of the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Each year on December 10, the Swedish king awards the Nobel Prizes here in the main hall. The one exception is the Nobel Peace Prize for which a separate ceremony is held in Oslo.
Lunch today is at Lisa Elmqviet – B,L: M-Sa, D: M-F, Ostermalms Saluhall, 08-660-92-32
For starters try the fried salted herring with onion and cream or the fish soup of the house with aioli and garlic bread.
Then, we suggest either the butter fried fillet of pikeperch with creamed wild mushrooms or the grilled halibut with pernod sautéed beets and mussel sauce.
A Gruner Vertliner would go well with these choices. For dessert go with the strawberry cake and a glass of Beaume de Venise.
After this memorable lunch let’s go to Kulturhuset – M-F: 9-7, Sa,Su: 11-5, Sergels torg, 111 57, 46 8 508 314 00
The Municipality of Stockholm and the Riksbank jointly created a cultural institution with theatres, galleries and cultural activities, and premises for the Riksbank.
Kulturhuset was built in several stages from 1968 to 1974. The final version was completed in time for the official opening on 15 October, 1974.
Peter Celsing’s vision was an inviting, accessible building, “a sort of cultural living room”. Kulturhuset offers spaces, with unique atmosphere, for corporate events, trade shows, conferences, presentations, seminars, releases and other events.
Our next stop is the The Stockholm Palace – Tu-Su: 10-4, Kungliga Slottet, 111 30, 46 8 402 60 00
The first building on this site was a fortresswith a towerbuilt in the 13th century to defend Lake Malaren. The fortress grew to a palace, named Tre Kroner (“Three Crowns”) after the tower’s spire. The palace is guarded by members of the Swedish Armed Forces.
For dinner this evening we suggest Teatergrillen - Nybrogatan 3, Stockholm 114 34, 46 54503565
Start with the aquavit-marinated herring with aged cheese, new potatoes and crispbread or the duck liver terrine with plum marmalade and brioche.
For your main they are famous for their salt baked beef steak from their Silver trolley served with green salad, french fries and béarnaise.
Another good choice is the grilled lamb chops with herb marinated vegetables and goat cheese crème.
We suggest the ’05 Heitz Cabernet, and for dessert the tartlette with vanilla crème, raspberries and almond is a house specialty.
Day Two: Breakfast at Café Sirop – M-F: 8:30-4, Sa,Su: 11-5, Surbrunnsgatan 31 A 11348 , 08-612 94 19
Lots of choices here for breakfast that include yogurt, granola, cheeses, omelettes, bacon & eggs and French toast to name a few.
Your first stop today is the Museum of Medieval Stockholm – Tu-Su: 12-5, Strömparterren 3, 111 30, 46 8 508 317 90
The Museum of Medieval Stockholm shows the city’s medieval origins and development, and is built around archaeological remains. Part of the city wall is from the early 1500s, unearthed during archaeological investigations in 1978-80 .
The number of items on display is about 850. The objects come from all over the metropolitan area.
Next on your agenda is Millesgarden – Tu-Su: 11-5, Herserudsvägen 32, 181 34 Lidingö, 46 8 446 75 80
Carl Milles (1875 – 1955) is Sweden’s most famous sculptor. In 1936 Carl and his wife Olga decided to donate their home Millesgården to the Swedish people to create a museum.
To ensure Millesgården’s survival they gave the museum the right to cast new sculptures.
Today’s lunch is at Gondolen – L: M-F, D: M-Sa, Stadsgården 6, 104 65 , 46-8-641 70 90
Although the view is breathtaking you’re here for the food, and to begin we suggest the white asparagus with sweet gem salad, herb crème, parmesan cheese and cucumber cress or the blackened beef carpaccio with marinated cucumber, terragon crème and pine nuts.
Then for your main you can choose the grilled char with summer cabbage, dill white wine sauce and potato pastry or the fried fillet of reindeer with creamed cabbage, baked beet root, red wine sauce and gratinated potato.
The ’09 Copain Pinot Noir is always good with reindeer. Dessert is easy – the brownie with pear ganache, white chocolate mousse and lingonberries.
Time for some eye candy at the Museum of Modern Art – Tu-Su: 10-6, Exercisplan 4, 111 49, 46 8 519 552 00
Moderna Museet has one of Europe’s finest collections of modern and contemporary art, including key works by Henri Matisse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Salvador Dalí.
The collection covers paintings, sculptures, installations, films, videos, drawings and prints by Swedish and international artists from the 20th and 21st centuries. It also includes photography and photo based art from the 1840s up until today.
Our Cousin Jennifer Lindblad recommends a visit to Gripsholm Castle - May 2-14: 12-3, May 15-Sept 30: Daily: 10-4, Oct 1-Nov 30: Sa, Su: 12-3, Jan 4-6: 12-3, April 18-21: 12-3, Open year round for Group Visits, call 46 8 402 60 00 Daily: 8-5
This would probably be a day trip as it’s about 70 Km outside of Stockholm, but it’s well worth the journey. Gripsholm Castle has a unique collection of furniture and artwork spanning four centuries.
It has one of Europe’s most well preserved theaters from the 18th century. Gripsholm Castle has a internationally reknown collection of 4500 portraits.
Dinner is at Oaxen & Krog – D: Tu-Sa, Beckholmsvägen 26, 46 8 551 531 05
Your choice is the 6 or 10 course menu that includes locally sourced ingredients and special preparations.
The smoked langoustine is served with lovage and cucumber. The grilled trout comes with cockles, oyster mushrooms and spring onion.
To pair with these choices you need the ’06 Il Poggione Brunello. Dessert is ice cream with parsnip and “attika”.
Day Three: Begin your day with breakfast at the Grand Hotel – Daily from 7 AM, Södra Blasieholmshamnen 8, 8 – 679 3500
You have 124 different delicacies to choose from, many of them ecological sourced plus the elegance of one of the great hotels in the world and wonderful views.
This morning we will go back in time when we visit Skansen – Daily: 10-10, Djurgårdsslätten 49, 115 21, 46 8 442 80 00
Skansen is the first open air museum and zoo in Sweden, and is located on the island Djurgården in Stockholm. It was founded in 1891 by Artur Hazelius to show the way of life in the different parts of Sweden before the industrial era.
Hazelius purchased about 150 houses from all over the country and had them shipped piece by piece to the museum, where they were rebuilt to provide a unique picture of traditional Sweden.
The exhibits include a full replica of an average 19th-century town, in which craftsmen in traditional dress such as tanners, shoemakers, silversmiths, bakers and glass-blowers demonstrate their skills in period surroundings. There is even a small patch growing tobacco used for the making of cigarettes.
There is also an open-air zoo containing a wide range of Scandinavian animals including the bison, brown bear, moose, grey seal, lynx, otter, red fox, reindeer, wolf, and wolverine (as well as some non-Scandinavian animals due to their popularity). There are also farmsteads where rare breeds of farm animals can be seen.
The Gothic interior dates back to the 15th century. The star attraction is a sculpture group of St George and the Dragon. It commemorates the victory of the Swedish army over the Danes at the battle of Brunkeberg in 1471.
They have never made up. Another famous work of art is the Sun Dog Painting. It is a copy, created in 1636 by Jacob Heinrich Elbfas. Royal ceremonies – such as the wedding of crown princess Victoria in 2010 – take place here.
It’s time for a meal at Sturehof – L & D: Daily, Stureplan 2 114 46, 08 440 57 30
When in Sweden start with the herring – herb and garlic herring, mustard herring, lemon and elderberry herring and matjes herring or the charcuterie with ham, duck, olives and pickles.
For your main try the steamed char with cauliflower, turnip and sorrel in a white wine sauce or the beef brisket with sugar peas and a horseradish sauce.
The ’10 Wittmann Riesling is a good match.
Until next time, best wishes and safe travels,
Dick & Dee Welge
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