Having renewed my passport it’s time to make use of it. First off Sweden.
In Stockholm you are never far from water and the city’s 14 islands offer a wonderful mix of culture and nature.
4 nghts at Mornington Hotel Stockholm City
Vasamuseet on the island of Djurgarden contains the impressive 17th-century warship Vasa, try not to miss the informative video.
Moderna Museet includes key works by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Dorothea Tanning, Andy Warhol and Niki de Saint Phalle. The Museum has been strongly influenced by the legacy of Marcel Duchamp, its body of pop art is legendary, and the backbone of the collection is formed by numerous iconic works: Robert Rauschenberg’s Monogram, Meret Oppenheim’s Ma gouvernante, and Salvador Dalí’s The Enigma of Wilhelm Tell, to name but a few.
Nordiska Museet portrays Swedish cultural history from the 1520s to the present day.
Thielska Galleriet mostly covering Nordic art from the 19th and early 20th centuries, it includes paintings by all the major Swedish artists who formed an artists’ colony at Grez-sur-Loing, south of Paris.
Skansen was the world’s first open-air museum and opened in 1891 to show an increasingly industrialised society how people once lived.
Ostasiatiska Museet contains one of the foremost collections of Chinese art outside Asia.
Ostermalms hallen this market hall on Ostermalmstorg is a temple of gastronomy, nowhere else in the city is there such a range of high quality delicacies under one roof.
Medelhavsmuseet has vast collections from prehistoric cultures around the mediterranean.
Spirit Museum is situated on the island of Djurgarden.
Gamla Stan (Old Town) is one huge area of historical heritage with many sights just a few metres apart including the Royal Palace.
Kaknastornet TV Tower has the best views of Stockholm.
Drottningholm Palace can be reached via a canal cruise from the city centre.
Food & Drink
Bistro Pastis, Gamla Stan – French bistro
Pubologi, Gamla Stan – gastropub
Cloud Nine, City – dim sum to Swedish seafood
Riche, City – Swedish bistro
Zink Grill, City – bar & grill
Ulla Winbladh, Djurgarden – Swedish
Malarpaviljongen, Kungsholmen – bar & bistro
Brasserie Elverket, Ostermalm and Gardet – bistro
Proviant, Ostermalm and Gardet – Swedish
Restaurang Volt, Ostermalm and Gardet – Swedish