“Will you travel to Stockholm?“
The last time we visited Stockholm was about five years ago, i.e. pre-George. (Sights & Sounds of Stockholm) We had met up with my best girlfriend, Zavia and was in search of other cockapoos. We managed to meet only one other, Soya. Mum was really disappointed. So when Maud messaged Mum and suggested that she visit – the wheels started churning. After a slight delay due to logistics of some related matter (not Brexit), we began our journey, via Brussels.
After a long journey, we arrived in Stockholm last Friday evening –
Mum didn’t know that we had to declare my presence upon arrival in Sweden – so we were asked to go back to check that I have a chip and my Passport was all up to date. And then she asked the Customs lady to take our photo at this signage LOL!
As we entered the arrival hall, we knew immediately who our hosts were. There amongst the crowd were Maud with Honey and Madelene with Happy.
A splendid evening
We had a lovely evening together getting to know each other. I am the oldest. Meet little Happy and slightly bigger but younger, Honey!
I think I am a very good guest. I like to help out in the kitchen …
Anything I can do to help?
Madelene was serving up dinner. Ahhhh! Raw meat – missing them greatly.
After our supper, we had our “dessert” …
After a lovely evening of getting to know each other, it was time for bed – it had been a long day for us. Our journey began at 3.30am. The next morning Happy wanted to show me the view from their balcony.
There sure is a lot of water …
We had the morning free and went to meet Catarina in town. There are several ways to get into the city centre and we chose the ferry crossing.
We looked into this furniture shop which was not yet open whilst waiting for the ferry
This is a strange way to get into the shop.
Soon the ferry arrived …
There are designated areas where we should sit.
In the centre
It didn’t take long at all before we were right in the centre of town and met Catarina. And there across the road was the Dramatic Theatre in all its splendour.
And around the corner is the statue of Margaretha Krook, an actress who performed regularly at the theatre. Though she stands out in the cold, she is always warm to the touch.
Mum needed an adapter for her iPad and we went to this fab electronic store – and there I had the fright of my life. I saw the biggest black dog I have seen to date.
But I was not so afraid of this one – a statue greeted us at Svenskt Tenn – a Swedish interior design store.
Lovely fabrics with colourful floral prints
And amidst all the florals, we found this cushion that says it all.
The tea room was so lovely we had to stop for some tea and scones!!!!
It seems like we’re eating the whole day. I think it was more the matter that Mum wanted to find dog-friendly places. And we sure did.
Thanks to the very kind staff we managed to secure a table for an hour despite their full lunch booking.
A really charming place.
After lunch it was time to work out – and we went to meet Maud and Honey for a meet-up with cockapoos of Stockholm!
But we will write more about that tomorrow.
After a long walk and meet-up, we returned to Happy’s place to rest before we took another ferry to dinner. Sometimes on the ferries, other hoomans decided they will sit in our designated area so we have no choice but to sit where there are places.
Into Old Town
We got off near the amusement park and walked through the old part of Stockholm – that had all these old buildings.
We had dinner at Skrutel
I think we took all the different means of transportation. After dinner, the ferry wasn’t running any more so we took the tram,
To the tube
And then a bus before we finally got off to walk home.
We had a really lovely visit and made new friends. We hope they will return the visit to London. I wonder how our eateries will compare to the restaurants in Stockholm.
This is a warning: If you really don’t mean it, never invite us to visit because all Mum needs is to put a thought in her head and she will be packing her bags.
For me, the last eight years have been a whole new world. As dog owners we often meet people – through our dogs. And my community of friends have grown extensively through Darcy and George, helped greatly by the blog. We’ve had our readers visit from near and far and we have in turn visited them. I have been following the Cockapoo Sverige Facebook Page for years and was so pleased when someone reached out.
Also, interesting to note that I had completely forgotten visiting Catarina in Sweden prior to having Darcy. I think I re-started my life again when Darcy arrived, and when I accepted her as mine. And a lot of the places we travel to have memories from pre-Darcy and since then I have been purposefully re-visiting them to create new memories.