We crossed the bridge to Gamla Stan while admiring all the beautiful buildings. Each stone building stood out from its neighbours. They were all quite magnificent. Gamla Stan is where Stockholm was founded in 1252. All of the narrow cobbled streets were pedestrian friendly. After a quick coffee in an ancient building with a very low roof we explored another Christmas market. This one had the usual Christmas decorations including some quite funny elves to hang on your tree. There were lotteries, a place to throw something and win huge Toblerone bars, lovely cheeses and breads, stalls selling some colourful, quite sheik hats and almonds cooking in sugar and then served hot. A lady was offering samples of chocolate-covered marzipan in various flavours. I must admit I couldn't resist buying the dark chocolate covered raspberry and liquorice marzipan with salt. It may sound odd but it was delicious.
There are several beautiful churches and museums in Gamla Stan, including Sweden’s national cathedral, Stockholm Cathedral, and the Nobel Museum. The largest of the attractions in the district is the Royal Palace, one of the largest palaces in the world with over 600 rooms. It was so nice meandering through the streets that we didn't tour any of these buildings. I remembered the Nobel Museum from my last visit to Stockholm but there have been many prize winners since then.
After lunch we headed back towards Matt's place walking through more busy pedestrian shopping areas. H&M are Swedish and there is one in almost every block, something like Starbucks in North America. The stores were busy and people were busy doing their Christmas shopping. Every store and street was filled with Christmas decorations. Again this is something we don't see much of in Spain.
Later that evening we joined up again for dinner. So far I had enjoyed all the Swedish food I had eaten and this was no exception. I felt a bit guilty but I had lovely cooked smoked reindeer for dinner. What a delicious way to end a day.