The next morning, sun was shining,
while temperature stayed around -3 C.
Turns out last night’s light train was painted in blue
and the central street was more crowded during the day
but not everywhere
Some of the narrow streets of cobbled stone were VERY narrow,
while colofrul passages kept their charm.
As did colorful buildings.
We ate last night at the cafe on the right.
By chance, we turned back towards the palace, when we saw a crowd of turists gathered around a guy
who tried to keep them at bay and make way for the …troups!
All jazzed up,
followed by some more serious fellows for protection
they passed through the tourist crowd, which closed narrowly behind them.
they stood tight
and started the show
Meanwhile, “security forces” were trying to keep tourists from invading the square.
At one point, we thought – this tune is familiar. It was ABBA, “Waterloo”. And then, “Dancing Queen”. Oh, we thought. So it IS a show. And it was, judging from the juggling. Very cool.
At the end, after another salute,
And off they went.
He stayed, very young, very lonely, and probably feeling very cold. Yet important. He was guarding the palace.
We jumped on a boat to Djurgården
Because the Baltic Sea is less salty, the bad wood-eating worm who usually disintegrates shipwrecks does not live here, so the ship is amazingly well preserved.
The museum is worth seeing, very well done, transposes you to a “Pirates of the Caribbean” Black Pearlish mood. The only thing I could not imagine was the extensive fights on deck – it was big, but in reality smaller than Hollywood made us believe it were.
Scarily realistic were the wax figures reconstructed after people who died on the ship.
You can also get an idea on how it was inside
and how (great) it looked at the time.
to Rosendal cafe, and then back to the city
nicely viewed across the channel.
was in preparation,
and the evening came in pleasant lights.
we filled our stomachs with a good potato with shrimps at Cafe Art in the center (good location, decent price), and went to sleep after a full day.