Saturday, April 7, 2012


I have dreamt of living in Europe since I was 18 years old.

Old Town from water

Royal Palace

But the Europe I dreamt of wasn't modern and hip and ultra techy like much of Helsinki--it was old.

street scene 3

Really old.

red building

Like peeling paint, crumbling bricks, cobblestone-streets-so-narrow-you-can't-drive-a-car-down-'em old.


So when we arrived in Sweden, I thought to myself "this is the Europe I always dreamed of."

swedish flag

We were warned that we would find Stockholm breathtakingly beautiful...and old.

street scene

And it did not disappoint.

water taxi to Old Town

alley 2

street scene 2

palace detail



pretty window

street lamp

joey and lily plaza


  1. Beautiful pictures! I have yet to visit Stockholm, but it is absolutely on my to-do-list. Glad it didn't disappoint!

  2. Stockholm is great. You going has made us want to go too. But there is a difference between Scandinavia and Europe. Europe begins in Copenhagen. I never believed the statement till I got there....Try and pick cheap flights and have a long weekend in one of the true European cities...Around Baltic you can see traces of Hansa trade everywhere, but beyond that it is a different word. Do Tallinna too, the old town will please you.

  3. Absolutely breathtaking. WOW. I just love the colours, and those narrow streets. Wow, again.

  4. Very pretty! And I have to think that is what most people see in their imaginations when they think of Europe ... old buildings, beautiful architecture, cobble stone streets. How wonderful that you get to explore such interesting places while on vacation : )