Saturday, June 24, 2017

June 19 - Heading home

We began our day with some pool and sauna time.

One of the rooms at our Clarion.  Lily is watching the planes take off.  Worth noting, the espresso machine had digital sensors and turned on when we approached.  I need one.

Below Caden snapped a few photos of his favorite features of the amazing breakfast...  he focused on the technology, which was pretty cool.  I loved the 6 different types of fresh baked bread you sliced yourself, the fruits, and the organic honey that the Clarion makes itself.  Seriously.




The flight home was uneventful and went quick.  Lily slept much of the way.  Caden played games.  Gia watched movies and fell asleep the last 30 minutes of the flight.  Glad to be home!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

June 18 - Greetings from Stockholm!

We took the high speed train into the city.  Such an impressive, innovative, and well planned city.  Even the train was clean and well appointed.  The trip in took 20 minutes.


Waiting for the train




As we set off on our walk from the train station, we passed a sign for the IceBar.  Too good of an opportunity to pass up...

Dressed and ready to enter.


We started with a seat on the ice throne

We had to snap a photo of this cute little ice princess :)

Our bartender.  Apparently they have 1-hour shifts because it is so cold - 5 Celsius.

Our glasses waiting for the drink to be poured.

Enjoying the ice bar.  There was a fun spinny game.

Our drinks


Some of us were not fully prepared.


Shelving...







Cold daddy on father's day

We continued walking on to Gamla Stan... such a beautiful city!










Gia's new best friend :)


The Royal Palace

We debated a water tour, and then opted to walk towards the island of Sodermalm, lauded as a "hipster" island.  We stopped for fika (coffee and a baked good) at Hermans.  Completely vegan so even the whipped cream was made from oats milk.  Really good!

licorice ropes to help distract from the walking...


Goofy selfy

Our view from our 'fika' at Hermans.



The entry to Hermans


The hike back towards the train.  The swimming pool is calling to the little people.  The pubs were calling to the big people, but we were out numbered.

Admiring a candy shop




I thought this double-decker bike rack was cool.  A testament to an active city!

Another dinner in the airport.  The food is seriously great!  Tonight we had sushi and organic pasta and pizza.  We are planning a vacation back to the Clarion in the Stockholm again :)  Although a definite bonus was that the hotel and food were all free due to the flight cancellation.




The sun set over the airport.

Enjoying the Alaskan survival show.


We fly home tomorrow...