Wow, Stockholm is nice — beautiful — like out of a story book beautiful. It is also stylish in every way — the architecture, the public art, the food and the women in boots and short skirts. Part of the city’s romance is its location on inlets of the Baltic Sea, 14 islands connected by 57 bridges. Fishing boats and yachts sit comfortably along the roadways, and if you are not on a boat, the city is very walkable.
Sweden is educated, liberal and rich. You pay a lot of taxes and you get a lot of goodies. And it has welcomed more refugees during the current crisis than any European country except Germany.
During my visit this week, the autumn sun was intense against the bright blue sky and the trees were beginning to turn every color of red and orange. I saw a lot of kissing and flirting all over town. And a lot of people with babies in strollers. I know they won’t be out and about for much longer given the harsh winters here.
I also know from personal goal-oriented inquiry that it is difficult to buy alcohol in Sweden. Except for low-alcohol beer products, alcohol may only be sold in state-owned stores, which are few and far between. The system has been very successful at accomplishing its objective of deterring alcoholism.
Stockholm has a dozen highly-regarded museums. I spent part of an afternoon at the Moderna Museet, which has a wonderful collection of paintings and sculpture of the past 150 years. The museum is very visitor-friendly (not all are, don’t get me started). It is free. Go ahead and take photos. We trust that you know how to behave yourself around our priceless art. We hope you like the information we provide about the artwork. And when you are ready, please enjoy lunch at our amazing restaurant overlooking the harbor where you can stuff yourself for $10.
And here is Sweden’s most famous music group. I include this video only because of how much I love Vic and Debbie.