I mentioned in the last post about Stockholm about how expensive even fast food can be. So when you find a spot where you can feed your family of six on the cheap, you take it! And that is exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Point did with us. We were able to buy French hot dogs (I don't know what made them French, but Mrs. Point loved them) for a decent price and we stocked up.
Isn't Mrs. Point cute?
We continued to meander around Stockholm and we saw things like this.
And things like this.
Even the most well behaved children get tired of walking around historic cities and ours were no exception
We took our children to the Skansen, which is an outdoor museum that shows examples of traditional, rural Swedish life from occupations, to dress, to the homes they lived in and the food they ate.
The homes are all original, 19th century buildings that were dismantled and painstakingly shipped to the museum and reassembled piece by piece.
They are furnished with pieces original to the time period also.
In one home I glanced up at the ceiling and saw this magnificent piece of work. I was in awe. The amount of work that they went to just to decorate a ceiling was amazing.
They had gardens with flowers and vegetables that the early Swedes grew. They even grew some tobacco for rolling into cigarettes. Now that is being authentic.
Of course, not all of us were as impressed with how much work had gone into making the Skansen so authentic. Here is Andre, riding a cannon. Giddy-up son.
Here we are standing in front of a working windmill that actually grinds down wheat into real flour.
Little cottages dotted the grounds. You could go in most of them and explore.
It seemed like a idyllic life. Who wouldn't want to live in 19th century Sweden? Growing vegetables, and grinding wheat among the beautiful trees. BUT, remember, this is summer. The longest days of the year were upon us. The sun was going down at around 11:30 and coming up close to 3:00 am. How would life in rural Sweden be say in the dead of winter? When nothing is growing and it's dark for 20 hours a day? Give me modern day electricity and hot water heaters please.
They had a pole with a chain on it showing where I can only guess the bad Swedes of 19th century were strung up. Here is my sweet husband giving you an accurate portrayal. Let's hear it for Matt's acting skills!
Our day had been long and we had walked the greater part of Stockholm and it was time to head back to our home on the sea, the Costa Fortuna.
I watched Aidan and his friend, Tyler Point, walk arm in arm down to the port. I can only imagine what they were saying.
Due to the large amounts of daylight that we were receiving this far north at this time of year, I had a chance to sneak out on the deck early and take pictures. Here are just a few pictures of the islands between Stockholm and the Baltic Sea. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed this photo tour.
Coming up next - our first time in the former USSR, Estonia! And another blog giveaway!