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Jul '17

6

Leaving Scandinavia

Copenhagen Central Station

Our last morning of the trip! We had breakfast at the hotel one last time, and then checked out. We left our bags at the hotel and walked into the main part of town to do a little souvenir shopping and say goodbye to Copenhagen. As far as the actual cities go I think Copenhagen was my favorite, a place I’d like to spend more time or could see myself being in regularly. Second place… (more)

Jul '17

5

Copenhagen Zoo

They shared a moment

The breakfast at this hotel had also had rave reviews online, but when we tried it we thought the one in Bergen was better. It was still decent, though, so we enjoyed that before starting our day. Our first move was to take a bus a little away towards Fredericksberg where there is an old palace and gardens. In the 1700s the royalty did use it, but eventually they moved elsewhere and it was left… (more)

Jul '17

4

Carlsberg Brewery

Huge collection of unopened beer bottles from all over the world

Happy 4th of July from Stockholm! We checked out of the hotel and grabbed a taxi to Stockholm Central Station. We had a little time before our train so we bought a chocolate muffin, a kanelbulle and a chocolate ball. We discovered chocolate balls the day before in Gamla Stan. We had gone into a locally made chocolate shop and bought an assortment of their chocolate truffles, but also a traditional Swedish confection called chocolate… (more)

Jul '17

3

Gamla Stan

Magnus Ladulås (d. 1290) on the left and Karl Knutsson Bonde (d. 1470) on the right. Their graves are under these monuments.

It was another slow Monday morning for us. Eventually we ended up back at Cafe Albert for a latte and kanelbulle. The goal for this day was to explore Gamla Stan, the old town. It claims to be one of the best preserved old towns in all of Europe. It was the original entirety of Stockholm before the city began to expand to other islands, and also houses the Royal Palaces which were previously the… (more)

Jul '17

2

Skansen

Friendly reindeer!

We slept much better than the night before and enjoyed another slow leisurely morning. Eventually we wandered out of the hotel to a cafe on the street behind where we had some pastries and coffee/hot chocolate on the street. It was a very nice morning. We took the travel cards we had purchased the day before to the tram stop in front of the hotel and rode over to Djurgården again, this time to an… (more)

Jul '17

1

Vasa Museum

Really a beautiful ship

Our last morning, and last opportunity for delicious breakfast in this Bergen hotel. We savored the final breakfast there and then finished packing up for our flight. Our plan was to check out, walk about two blocks to a bus stop, buy bus tickets at the kiosk, and then take the airport bus from there. Seemed super straight forward, convenient, and the plan had been verified with the front desk staff. It was going well… (more)