We began our day in Stockholm with a playground stop. Sitting through breakfast and a short train ride warrants at least an hour of free play for the twins. Errol was happy to stay on the train. He spent most of the day at the university.
A group of school children were also visiting the playground, and they all wore bright yellow reflective vests. This makes sense on dark winter days, but I felt bad for the kids to have an extra layer on this unseasonable warm May morning.
It was about 80 degrees. When we stopped at a grocery for lunch supplies, the cashier told us that this was as warm as Stockholm ever gets.
Near the playground was a beautiful church on a hill. We walked a path up some rugged rocks and rested in the sanctuary. Mom made friends with the church volunteer who eagerly showed her his John Deere cap when he learned Dad was a farmer.
The day before in Uppsala, we had visited an English bookshop. We learned there was a Stockholm location and thought Mom would enjoy a stop. She treated the kids to new books, and we’re happy to now have more Pippi adventures for our supper table reading.
We had some extra time before meeting Errol at the Vasa Museum. Conveniently, there was a reasonably priced barber shop right by our bus stop. When Mom visits, it almost always includes a trip to the barber. She has missed just a couple of the twins’ haircuts since they were babies. All three boys were looking a little shaggy and really appreciated the spring sheering.
The Vasa Museum contains a large ship that sunk in Stockholm’s harbor in 1628. It was retrieved and restored in 1961 and is very impressive.
We rode the tram to the King’s Garden. Mom and Dad bought gelato while the kids danced to live music. It seemed like everyone in the city was out celebrating the beautiful weather even though it was a Tuesday evening.
Errol found a traditional Swedish restaurant in the old part of the city near the castle. We watched the changing of the guard before supper. The meal was delicious, but it was hard to choose what to eat. This was the first time I had been somewhere that had reindeer and moose on the menu.
We left Stockholm the next morning and enjoyed seeing Sweden out the window of our train to Copenhagen.