There’s nothing better than taking a weekend to be a tourist in your own town, is there?
Somewhat embarrassingly, although we’ve been here in Stockholm for ten years now, there are still places that one or the other – or neither of us – hasn’t been to yet.
Långholmen was, until a few weeks ago, one of them. I had run across a very small part of it during the Sthlm 10 race last summer, and P had never been. It’s on the typical long weekend tourist route, so we’d been recommending it to people without having been ourselves.
A few things surprised us about the island. For one thing, it feels much bigger when you’re on it then it looks on the map. And for another, it’s much more peaceful than we had expected.
And then there are places we’ve been to once, many moons ago, and just haven’t returned to for one reason or another.
Drottningholm is one of these. It’s actually where the royal family lives on a day-to-day basis. As you can imagine, it’s pretty impressive.
We last visited back in 2009, between our wedding and honeymoon.
How young we look! (And how young we actually were…) And you should also know that this photo was taken in mid-June. That’s the usual Swedish summertime that we know (and I’m not even going to claim I have any love for it). This summer weather we’re having right now is simply amazing.
Of course, we had to document just how much our little family has changed over the past nine years. Cue, awkward family pose.
The castle’s setting on the water is almost perfect, the gardens are beautiful and the cafe is well worth a visit.
Seriously, you really should visit the cafe, if only for this pink goodness. This is the Estelle – named after Crown Princess Viktoria’s oldest child. (I promise, only one of those was for me. Honest.)
If you can tear yourself away from the cakes and goodies, the gardens are perfect for a long stroll to work off those calories.
After visiting once, we returned a couple of weeks later because we had enjoyed ourselves there so much. (And it had nothing to do with that cake, of course.)
If you had to recommend just one or two spots in your town, what would you suggest?
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