Some time has passed since my last blog and not much has changed. The weather was much too cold to walk around sightseeing but thankfully it is getting much better and I have some adventures planned for the coming weeks.
I did some touring recently and went to see the Royal Palace. It really is amazing and the ticket lasts one week, so you do not need to see all the available museums in one day letting you absorb the beauty around you.
Unfortunately I was not permitted to take photos inside but believe me when I say that The Royal Apartments are beautiful and luxurious. The current royal family did however pick one small room and decorate it in the modern design of their choosing which in my opinion doesn’t really fit with the building. It looks like a room straight out of Ikea, while this may be ok in a chic Stockholm apartment it just does not seem at home with the damask covered walls and elaborately painted ceilings of the rest of the palace.
The Treasury held some of the most amazing crowns and swords that I have ever seen. It is obvious that Sweden is a rich country when you see the jewel encrusted swords from the 1700’s in perfect condition and the pearls that line the cold and silver crowns.
Stockholm Royal Palace is the biggest palace in the world that is still in use by the head of state. The changing of the guards ceremony takes place twice a week and is worth talking a look at if you happen to be there at the right time.
This is worth a visit if you have an hour or two to pass away and are interested in the history of royalty in general. Tickets are not overly expensive running at 75 SEK (€8.50) for students and as I said this includes the different museums and lasts one week so you can come and go as you please.
On a totally unrelated note I have also been ice-skating. It was my first time ever being on the ice and lets just say I will never be an ice-skater in any way, shape or form. It was still good fun and a great way to spend the afternoon!