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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Stockholm Sweden

I recently went on a cruise to the Baltics and our first stop was Stockholm Sweden, the country known for ABBA, pickled herring, and the Nobel Prizes. It is a beautiful city located on the shore of the Baltic Sea.

The singing group, ABBA, has their own museum, complete with a red carpet! They also have part of their museum at the airport, too, so if you miss the real thing, you can make up for it on your flight out.

Here is ABBA performing one of their hits, "Mamma Mia" in some of their crazy and wacky self-designed costumes.

Alfred Nobel (1833-1896) – scientist, author and pacifist, invented the detonator and made it possible to introduce explosives in the civilian market. His second important invention, dynamite, facilitated the transport and handling of nitroglycerine. In his final will and testament, he declared his fortunes to be distributed as prizes in six different categories:
  • PEACE 
The financial gain & interest of his fortunes is what is annually distributed as prizes in those different categories. This is the building in Stockholm where the prizes are awarded each year.

I learned that authentic Swedish pickled herring is no better tasting than pickled herring anywhere else. It is an acquired taste and not necessarily rooted to having Swedish genes within your body for you to like it. For me, it was still pretty yukky, even with a lovely presentation.

One of the most interesting places to visit is the Vasa Museum which houses the only almost fully intact 17th century ship that has ever been salvaged, The 64-gun warship VASA sank on her maiden voyage in 1628 after sailing for only 20 minutes. The ship was rediscovered in 1961 and the museum was built around the ship.

Sweden has other treasures, like Skype, Ikea, and Marzipan Princess Cakes. It is a beautiful country with their two seasons; winter and construction season.