Sweden was my pick for our summer vacation and I can’t believe how well it worked out. Berlin was lovely with wonderful weather and lots of stuff to see, but I was still feeling the after effects of my ER visit and I think I got badly dehydrated for a day as well. I was able to clear up heading to Sweden thankfully. So begins my Stockholm Sweden Traveloge…

After coming from miserably hot and humid Houston to a nice 72F/22C Stockholm it was amazing. The weather was so sunny and bright and people were swimming and boating everywhere I looked. I don’t know what image you might have of Sweden, but Stockholm is super green. According to wiki “Over 30% of the city area is made up of waterways and another 30% is made up of parks and green spaces”. That sum amounts to it be such a gorgeous natural-feeling large city.

I got to eat wonderful food, enjoy perfect weather, see modern and old and laze in a bit of nature. It was absolutely perfect.
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I didn’t edit this photo. Damn you Stockholm for being so gorgeous.

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I fell in love with Swedish Cardamom Rolls or “Kanelbullar”. This was Monocle’s recommended place to enjoy the best cardamom buns in the city. Super hipstery but they were the best.

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Chubby looking Kings with tiny feet. Many giggles were had.

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Not the most beautiful picture, but here is the Stockholm Photography Museum or “Fotografiska i Stockholm”. A bit of a walk from the station but it’s the largest photography museum in the world and definitely recommended.

stockholm-sweden-helmut-lang-photography-exhibit I was there for the Helmut Lang exhibition which was wonderful, but there was a lot of other great exhibits as well.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I also went to a Gaultier works exhibit. Seeing all of his couture up close was wonderful. It was 6+ rooms of a retrospective. I wish more fashion retrospectives toured.

I found out about Riche because Emoda producer Ena Matsumoto visited Stockholm 3 times and each time she goes there. She never said it by name but finally posted a menu with the name on it. You can book reservations on-line and our hotel was right next to it, so we ate there often.

I really love fun art styles and delicious food so Riche was a match made in heaven for me. Tons of locals filled the place and I really loved it.

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Their menu art is so fun!

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First time Salmon! I’m not a big salmon eater so that they could make a plate clearing salmon I enjoyed, I was definitely satisfied.

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Second time Riche: Swedish Meatballs! I had to get it. The lingonberries and cucumbers were my highlights however. Tons of nice flavors.

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A berry and white chocolate tart. I love fruity desserts and this shared felt guilt free.

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Lots of fancy summer houses and boating out for the wealthy Swedes. People were swimming at 72F/22C weather. As a Texan that’s long sleeve weather for me. LOL People are so different.

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Stockholm’s trolleys are usually modern but they have a few restored ones in rotation that are classic wooden and metal and look gorgeous.

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Eat all the Swedish breads.

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The biggest draws in Stockholm is the Vasa Museum which is just houses this giant 17th century warship. It was apparently horribly built with too many cannons and sank immediately, but it was finally raised from the ocean floor and restored. I find it a bit funny since it’s like, “Look at this monstrosity that never worked.” It’s still really cool though.

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Another no edit. Seriously Stockholm. Stop yourself from being beautiful.

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On a random note, Stockholm’s 7-11s are both plentiful and nicer than both Japan and Americas. Weird, but true.

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Skansen an open-air museum/zoo was a really cool visit. People dressed up in traditional clothes and sold local souvenirs but there was also baby piglets (SOOOO CUTE) and a baby reindeer. Hurray for summertime baby animals. :cat2:

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Even though we decided on Turkey for this Winter visit, I tried really hard to suggest visiting Sweden again. I’ll definitely be back! I want to visit Denmark first and then right back to Sweden.  :dotbow:

I love taking travel pictures and while this is not gal or Japan related I like taking a break. If only for cool stuff like Baroque architecture and funky things I spotted. Man and I had been planning a European trip for a while but it had been hazy, on my birthday (June) he said okay pick where you want to go (best man ever award nominee). I decided on Sweden, and he decided on Berlin, our layover was in Amsterdam which completed our 2013 European trip.

Sadly I’d been having some bad health troubles and ended up in the emergency room 24 hours before our flight. After feeling in the worst pain of my life for 12 hours. Going to the ER in America is a big deal since even with insurance it’s just so expensive so unless you feel near death you don’t go. Thankfully the visit helped, but I couldn’t eat for 48 hours almost other than clear broth so I was not doing good.

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The amount of Rococo in Berlin is amazing. Especially in Sanssouci (wiki). If you’re an architecture fan or just love pretty things, definitely worth a visit.

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Seal saying Hi at the Berlin Zoo.

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A more modern train station near the Berlin Wall mural section.

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I forgot who but a lovely girl recommended eating at Kartoffelhaus and I was so thankful. I wanted some German food, I was close by and my body was finally able to enjoy it. Sinful spinach gratin, was excellent!

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The Oriental House at the Sanssouci is something I saw on tumblr a long time ago and thought I want to see that. Seeing it in person was just… insane. The gold statues outside shine from every angle. The full coverage and love of Chinese art and design is amazing. It was used as a summer dining house. Oh for the summer we go to one of the most amazing places to dine….

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Cool Gratified park in Potsdam outside of Sanssouci

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Mural parts of the Berlin Wall. Cool artwork and free to visit!

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One of the only super touristy areas of Berlin. Checkpoint Charlie.

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Brandenburg Gate was also a bit touristy, but not too much. I know it’s supposed to be the signature of Berlin but it pales to what else I saw, modern and antique.

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Berliner Bears as an art project where around everywhere in Berlin. I liked this one outside a cafe.

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Bauhaus Museum was extremely well done. Big fan. Only wish their gift shop had more things to buy.

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Outside and inside of the Berlin Cathedral. Man made the climb to the top while I enjoyed sitting in the pews and looking at the amazing inside.

I went to Vienna and Budapest last year, so this is my Vienne travel blog post! I’m so behind on European trips it’ll look like I keep going on them until I post. Vienna has been huge on my list because of two things:

:bow: I love the Austrian painter Gustav Klimt. I’ve loved his work since high school. A Gustav Klimt artbook is the first present I got from my man many years ago so in two ways Klimt’s work is very special to me. They were having a retrospective on his works so buildings that were usually not open to the public were.

:bow: SO MUCH BAROQUE. #ThankyoubasedHAPSBURGS So much art and architecture to see all around the city.

I also learned Vienna is clean, easy to walk around, great transportation, lots of great food, splendid coffee and a place I’d want to live. Austrians, I’m jealous.

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Lots of wonderful things above like the Viennese food and coffee. Going to an apple strudel cooking lesson. Traipsing around castles and crypts and churches. Just a fatty enjoyable time. The weather was also quite perfect when I was there so thanks Vienna for really being kind to me on my trip  :heart:
I will be back soon Austria to go to Salzburg!

If you enjoyed this Vienna travel blog check out all the places I’ve traveled in Europe and in Japan by using the traveling category

 

I’m heading to Germany, Sweden and the Netherlands for two weeks so I thought I’d share some older Europe photos to start it off. But don’t worry I’ve saved up some gyaru posts and travel in Japan posts too.

Rome it’s like I was there yesterday. Or a year and a half. Gosh talk about lazy blogger. Mostly scenes inside the Vatican and surrounding areas. Wow was the Vatican ever gorgeous! While I’m not Catholic, I love Catholic iconography and inside Vatican City (almost) satiated my love of it. I want to see even more!

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