Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Christmas village a fun ending to great trip

Since we had a late afternoon flight we decided to walk along the Strandvagen passing all the tour boats, including one boat that was selling only marzipan. We were going to the Christmas market at the Skansen zoo.

Once we arrived at the zoo we took the old funicular up the hill to be greeted by lots of noise coming from the market. It seemed that everyone was in the middle of the square doing some funny jump around dance that was led by men in traditional dress. The market itself was huge. There were stalls with Christmas decorations and crafts, bread, meats and cheeses. We watched as a man made sugar-coated almonds, and we bought some while they were still hot. We drank some traditional, delicious cold drink that tasted a bit like beer but fruitier. As well as sweets, food, festive preserves and mulled wine and toys we watched home brewing in action. The beer was made in a huge metal pot over an open fire. It had a very nice taste. We watched as traditional Swedish delicacies such as savoury pancakes and grilled herrings were made. There were lots of people enjoying their day out.

We went off in search of the animals and found some sea lions, deer and the children's zoo. Today the animals are mostly Nordic. From my visit here many years ago I remember a much bigger zoo with lots of particularly amorous animals.

As well as the zoo a miniature historical Sweden was reflected both in the buildings and their surroundings Рfrom the Skåne farmstead in the south to the Sami camp in the north. The venues illustrated the different social conditions in which people lived in Sweden between the 16th century and the first half of the 20th century. You could visit a building where flatbread was being made or see a goldsmith in action.

We retraced our steps back to the hotel. It seemed that everyone was out walking and really walking briskly. Although we wanted to catch the trolley with the separate coffee car, we continued our walk. What a great idea to jump on the trolley and have a coffee.

Stockholm is a lovely place to visit. It is a beautiful city with great food. It is also very expensive.

Our day had not yet ended. As the plane just barely touched down in Barcelona, we immediately went straight up again. The previous plane was still on the active runway and couldn't find its way off the runway in the rain. We were going up exactly parallel to a plane on the next runway taking off. After bouncing around for a while in the dense clouds we eventually touched down in one piece.

1 comment:

Country Girl said...

So glad you made it back in one piece! Sorry to have missed the Christmas market but good to hear that you went over to check it out before you left. Cool!