|Stockholm at sunset|
Thursday, August 11, 2011
Stockholm and Cruising up the Archipelago
Our ship diverted continued north to Sweden and a cruise through the beautiful Stockholm archipelago. As we approached the coast the weather was cloudy but the rain held off. The Swedish coastline is rocky and tree covered with small islands too numerous to count. I also lost count of the small sailboats and power boats that we passed. I heard the narrator say that more folks have boats here than have cars.
There are small villages here and there with brightly colored houses with piers and usually some kind of boat moored there for transportation. The clusters of homes are neat and give off a sense of peace and tranquility. Emerald Princess docked at 6pm.
MA and I gathered with about 200 other folks by the cruise terminal to catch a shuttle bus into the Old Town, a preserved medieval village. We managed to get on the bus but had to ride standing up! Although there were some interesting photo ops, Old Town was really not what I imagined it to be. It was mainly for tourists, (Yes I know, that includes us!) and therefore crowded and I was mildly disappointed.
We walked around and decided to head back after about an hour, joining friends at our table for dinner. Tomorrow we take a Princess tour to the famous Vasa museum. Ship departs Stockholm for Helsinki about 3:30. Later!