Today we investigate the events of Sunday June 1st on our mini break to Stockholm. Yesterday we ran the Stockholm Marathon, today we can start our sightseeing.
Early to Rise!
Marcus and Agata have by now famous phrase:
We are not just here for the pleasure
By this we mean that on our holidays we might like a lie in, but really there are places to explore and things to see and do. No time for lying around in bed!
So amazingly we got up at 08.30 and after a very quick breakfast were out by 09.30
We are sure this excellent apartment that we are renting helped our timing greatly. Everything we needed for a quick breakfast was readily to hand, unlike in a hotel when you trot down to breakfast, then back up to your room, before exiting etc.
Post Marathon Check
As you all know a Marathon is a mere forty-something kilometres. And Marcus and Agata believe we should all be at a fitness level to do one of those without much thinking. Unfortunately Marcus's recent accident and our combined ankle/Achilles injuries made us just pause for thought
How stiff are we? - Yes quite stiff, at least on the the top of the thighs for Marcus.
Are we going to run today? - Not a chance!
Any severe injuries? - No, no and no
Free Tour Stockholm
Since we are low on energy we thought we would take advantage of the Free Tour Stockholm. As the name suggests it is a short guided tour which is free to us the clients. At tour end, donations to the tour guide are encouraged.
Morning City Tour
Nobel lecture and information
Stockholm syndrome bank
Changing of the Guard
At noon or 13:00 on a Sunday there is an elaborate Changing of the Guard ceremony. It takes about one hour and since we had never seen it before (in Sweden) we watched it for an hour.
The cobbled courtyard is cleared, the existing guards are replaced by new ones, in between men and women guards come in on horses, playing music. This must be pretty difficult!
Lunch on the Streets
We initially stopped off for a coffee but we needed more. So we popped into a Supermarket for some healthy bites to eat and sat in one of the main shopping streets watching people pass by. Our planned and sublime inactivity was contrasted by others frantically shopping, tourists bustling up and down, and beggars asking for money.
In Sweden there are now many beggars especially in tourist areas. Our tour guide indicated that many of them are Roma people originally from Romania, who now as full EC citizens have free right of passage into Sweden.
Old Town Tour
In the late afternoon we joined another /Free Stockholm Tour/, this time of the Old Town:
Still Young at Heart
Dinner at home
Walking Statistics Today
Free Tour Stockholm