the sun rises in stockholm this time of year at around 3:45 am. most days since i’ve arrived it shines through the cloud piles at various times throughout the day. the temps hover right around 60 degrees and dip into the 50’s at night. the ideal climate for summer travel! particularly for menopausal women such as myself.
on this day the sun shone nearly all day long. the water changed color from navy to a glittering blue. i knew it was the day for a trip to drottningholm palace – about an hour away by boat. it’s rather inexpensive to go by boat. approximately 8 USD each way.
i sprang for your ticket since i knew you’d want to accompany me. we climbed a tiny spiral staircase to the tippy top and found a nice seat on the outside.
how beautiful stockholm is from the water. the city is spread across14 islands where the fresh water of lake mälaren meets the baltic sea.
imagine living in one of the summer homes that line the shores.
we thought of it the whole way to drottningholm.
as i write this dispatch from stockholm i am actually on a high speed train across sweden bound for strömstad.
but forget that for a moment, while we continue our languorous ride through the waterways east of stockholm.
how pleasant it is to return to scandinavia. ever since i was in norway i’ve longed to return.
and now look. here we are.
after an hour or so drottningholm palace came into view in all of her blonde glory.
she is magnificent no doubt.
but i’m captivated by other things as well. the way the water shimmers with blue light. the clouds. we don’t get many of those in los angeles.
the pure greenness of the leaves and grass.
one floral scene after another.
there is the slightest breeze. i could lay in the grass here for the next 2 weeks drinking in this air and the scent of GREEN.
i hope you won’t mind that i’m not actually taking you INSIDE the palace.
it’s just that i couldn’t bring myself to go inside.
i ate lunch under the shade of trees. the views were splendid.
the entire palace grounds are vast and include forests, manicured hedges, gravel paths, geese, small lakes. forgive me for failing in my duties to capture everything. i took many pictures with my mind. sometimes that is the best way.
the food is outstanding. witness a warm slab of quiche atop a nest of greens. sigh.
while i waited for the boat home i happened to notice a bus stop.
you know i cannot resist a bus stop.
also i was the last person in line for the boat among a great line of people who were heading back to stockholm.
i thought of the people in the line for the boat. clamoring for their seats…
and promptly marched to the bus stop and worked out a way to take a bus to a metro under the waterways. 20 minutes later i was back in stockholm!
next up: a visit to gamla stan.
oh just you wait for that!
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