Skansen in Stockholm - the Best Outdoor Museum I've Ever Visited

Florida  (1 of 1)-119Skansen was created in 1891 and  is the first open-air museum and zoo in Sweden to show what life was like before the industrial era.  The name Skansen has also been used as a noun to refer to other open-air museums in Europe and the United States.  Skansen's buildings and grounds are beautifully maintained, the views are amazing, and the admission price of 100 kroner or 17.04  dollars seemed very fair to me. 

While I was there I saw several groups of children on a field trip from school.  I can see why a school would encourage this activity a it was an awesome history lesson for me!  I learned a lot about the history of Sweden's architeture and way of life.  I had so much fun in the zoo area with the indigenous animals of this country especially the lemurs!

I sent about six hours at this open air museum, but wish I'd had longer.  If you enjoy learning about history and taking photos, you might want to allot one and a half or two days to fully experience Skansen.  I know that I would have loved an extra day there as there is a lot to see.  Be sure to wear good walking shoes and try to go on a nice day as most of the activitie are outdoors. 

This guy met me at the entrance and seemed to be following me through the park:

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Florida  (1 of 1)-126The entrance and gardens were beautiful:
Florida  (1 of 1)-126There was a glass blowers shop with a working glass blower who was selling some beautiful items:
Florida  (1 of 1)-126There are several outdoor cafes to get get something to eat or drink:

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DSC08363I saw many groups of chidren who appeared to be there on a field trip:

Florida  (1 of 1)-126I really enjoyed seeing the traditional Swedish architecture:
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Florida  (1 of 1)-126The farmers lived in close knit communities so they could work together and help each other with caring for their crops and animals:
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Florida  (1 of 1)-126A greenhouse:
Florida  (1 of 1)-126The ouside of a nineteenth century Swedish home:
Florida  (1 of 1)-126Inside a traditional Swedish home:
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I LOVED the lemur exhibit!  It does cost 120 Kroner or about 20 dollars/person to go inside the exhibit.  You can see them quite well from outside.  I took the photo at the top of this blog from outside the exhibit.  I had so much fun playing with them and being such an animal lover, I would pay the twenty dollars to enter their lair again.

This guy was being all cute and cuddly until...

Florida  (1 of 1)-126He tried to make off with my camera - and they are VERY quick!

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Here is  baby sitting on his mother eating a piece of fruit:
Florida  (1 of 1)-126I thought this guy was meditating:
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Florida  (1 of 1)-126This is a baby lemur.  They are very playful!
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There is a tree growing in the middle of their aquarium:
Florida  (1 of 1)-126I loved the Meercats aka Meerkats as well (they are part of the mongoose family):
Florida  (1 of 1)-126I loved the views throughout the museum:

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Florida  (1 of 1)-126Thank you so much for visiting.  I'd love to her any questions or comments you have.  Have a great week my friends!

~ Michelle

Why I LOVE Stockholm


Florida  (1 of 1)-95The above photo was taken at Skansen which I will discuss in my next post because there is so much I want to say about this wonderful place!

Old Town also known as Gamla Stan is the original center of Stockholm.  Gamla Stan consists of buildings dating back to the thirteenth century. There are charming cobbled streets and alleys everywhere.  The houses are very colorful and there are several parks for concerts and general gatherings of all sorts.  I found it very difficult to believe this area was once considered the slum of Stockholm and now is a very highly sought after address.

Here are just five reasons I absolutely loved Stockholm - I could list far more!

* I did not see one - NOT one stray animal during 8 days in Stockholm

*Everyone I encountered was friendly and take pride in their work

*Stockholm is beautiful!  There is a mixture of old and newer style European architecture and it is so colorful.

*Stockholm is very clean and well kept.  The crime level is very low too.

*The air!  Stockholm is a city, but it smells so fresh and clean.  It's not easy for vehicles to pass inspection in Sweden.

One thing that surprised me about Sweden, and I think is a common misconception is that Sweden is a socialist country.  Sweden is not a socialist country.  They do provide subsidized day care so that women can afford to work.  Healthcare is also subsidized as it is in many other countries.  Students do not have to pay to go to college.    

 Yes, Sweden's taxes are slightly higher than ours. but not that much higher if you were in the top tax bracket in the United States.  When you consider what they get for their tax money, it might not seem like such a bad deal.  When you consider what a college education costs for one child in the United States, the amount they pay in taxes might not seem that high.

Here is Stockholm at night: Florida  (1 of 1)-88Here is a restauran where I had dinner:

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Florida  (1 of 1)-88Here is a photo of the interior of the Stockholm cathedral which is absolutey amazing and totally worth the ~ three dollars/person entry charge:

Florida  (1 of 1)-14 Here is a fountain with some lovely colorful buildings near the city center:

Florida  (1 of 1)-88Here are some colorful town houses in the more modern section of the city:

Florida  (1 of 1)-88 This is a very charming and upscale area of the city called Vaxholm which one has to take a ferry or a car to visit as one must cross bridges:

Florida  (1 of 1)-88Jen, my friend from high school, and I in Vaxholm:

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Florida  (1 of 1)-88Stockholm is not a really large city and there are many lovely walking trails that are not at all far from the city center.  Luckily the weather was absolutely perfect during the eight days I was there with highs around 70 during the day and 50 at night.  I consider those temperatures just right for lots of walking and or exploring.  Here are some random photos taken out in the country:
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Florida  (1 of 1)-88 Thank you so much for your visit.  I love to hear your comments and questions.  Please remember that your e-mail address will never be published.  Have a great week my friends!  


Under the Bridges Tour in Stockholm, Sweden


"I've seen quite a bit of the world, but I really like Sweden and feel like I could live there some day."

~Juliana Hatfield

I've visited 34 countries now and can only envison myself living in a handful of them.  Australia, New Zealand, and Sweden are really the only three places I could see myself staying for more than a month nevermind live there.  I truly did love Sweden for many reasons!

It is important to remember that these boat tours are not offered year round due to the cold weather.  There are many options available for different prices and amounts of time.   Here is the web site where you can read about the many boat tours that are offered:

Stockholm boat tours, dates, and prices

 I thought this tour was an enjoyable way to spend part of an afternoon, was priced fairly and gave me a "snapshot" of Stockholm overall.  I had no idea before visiting Stockholm that it is a city of islands connected by bridges and canals.  The tour cost 225 Swedish Krona equals $31.55 US Dollar and lasted 1 hour and 50 minutes.  I learned that dividing a Swedish Krona amount by seven will give you an approximate amount in United States dollars.

  This is the Grand hotel.  It is very famous for it's beautiful decor and is very centrally located:

DSC07059There are many beautiful hotels that are located very centrally
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DSC07059There were many people out kayaking and sailing as it was a very nice day.  The temperature was around 70 degrees fahrenheit.

DSC07131I personally like taking photographs from a boat.  Of course photos taken from a boat on the water they give one an entirely different perspective than those taken on land.

DSC07200These people were out enjoying their afternoon fishing:

DSC07216I willeave you with a short twenty second unedited video I took while on the boat tour (I am VERY new at recrding videos).

 Thank you so much for stopping by.  Feel free to leave any comments or questions.  Have a wonderful week my friends!

~ Michelle