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Stockholm – Beautifully fashionable, clean and green!

August 29, 2011 by Chelsea Slone

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Stockholm, the beautiful capital of Sweden, stole our hearts in a matter of minutes. The city on water is filled with some of the most trendy districts, beautiful people, and of delicious Scandinavian delights. We spent our days here people watching at cafes and enjoying the delicious coffee and taking long afternoon walks down by the water with stunning views of the Gamla Stan rather than touring through the city and by the time our trip to Stockholm was coming to an end all we could do was try to find a way to stay longer or visit again someday soon.

I’ll tell you in a minute about all the neat areas we discovered in this trendy city but first let me tell you a little bit about the city itself. The first striking feature of Stockholm is the water everywhere. Stockholm is made up of 14 islands connected by some 50 bridges on Lake Mälaren, which flows into the Baltic Sea and passes an archipelago with some 24,000 islands and islets. The city’s a very lively, cosmopolitan place with both modern Scandinavian architecture, along with fairytale towers, a captivating Old Town area, and lots of green space. Which makes for the second striking feature. Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces, giving Stockholm the freshest air and widest lungs of any European capital… And the longest life expectancy too!

Some of our favorite areas of Stockholm were Gamla Stam, Södermalm, and Biblioteksgaten. Gamla Stan or the Old Town, is the historical centre of the city. The northern part is dominated by the Royal Palace and the Riksdag, the Swedish parliament. The rest of the island is a picturesque collection of old buildings and narrow cobblestone streets.

Södermalm, commonly referred to as Söder, was once a working-class district, when it did a complete one eighty during the late 20th century. This area of Stockholm was one of my very favorites. The funky bohemian area south of Folkungagatan has recently been nicknamed SoFo, and is filled with second hand shops, art, delicious cafes, and hip young couples with their retro baby strollers. Not to mention the shopping held up to it’s Soho copycat name. Erstagatan, at the eastern edge of Södermalm, has excellent views of Stockholm at the northern end of the street. And it just so happens to be the home of Blomkvist in the page turning Steig Larson trilogy, The girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Having just read the first two books and finishing the last while in Sotckholm was really interesting. For instance as I was on the Arlander Express train from the airport I was reading about how the main character was hoping on the Arlander Express to catch his flight to the Netherlands… Least to say I felt like I was about to run into the characters every turn I took. Haha!

Biblioteksgaten and the little streets surrounding it was another one of my very favorite spots in all of the city In recent years Stockholm has really stepped up in the fashion world. They not only home to the trendy and affordable H&M and Ikea, but also some incredible high quality designers and boutiques. Take Efva Allting for example. Her jewelry line is adored by celebs and has remained only in Stockholm until this upcoming September when she will open her first international store in NYC. We can also thank the Sweds for stores like Acne, Cheap Mondays, and Whyred. Anyways, so while we were their they just so happened to be hosting the Mercedes Benz fashion week… Ahhhh!!! With our one bag a piece we attempted to dig out my trendiest outfits and join the parties. The atmosphere was amazing and the beautiful tree lined streets filled with amazing shops was like a little paradise for me.

There is one thing you just cant miss in Stockholm and its the icebar created by the infamous icehotel. I would do crazy things to visit this icehotel in northern Sweden, and even though a temporary location has been opened during this summer the original hotel is only open during the winter months…. Just another reason I have to come back to Sweden! =) However, we got a taste of the icehotel in the icebar. There’s nothing like drinking a tasty martini from a glass made of ice and resting it on an ice bar while sitting on an ice barstool. We had a lot of fun in this 23 degrees lounge bar!

Even though we were happy being Stockholm locals we knew a little site seeing was necessary. We took a boat tour around the city and were able to really grasp how big Stockholm really is and see some really neat sites while we were at it. Here’s the brief photo shoot from our site seeing ventures…

Now you can’t go to Sweden and leave without trying their famous swedish meatballs and some local herring. Lets just say the Swedish meatballs get their reputation for good reason. The delicious things served with some mashed potatoes and cranberry sure brought back the delicious taste of Thanksgiving in one bite!

I can’t believe it’s already time to leave this amazing city. This is a place I could really see myself living if I were European!! It was Paris and London, but now Sweden is officially added to my list of loves. Off to Oslo we go…

T+C

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