April 26, 2013 · 2:12 pm

 

You guys. This place.

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Stockholm was a dream. I’ve been so lucky to visit so many beautiful places, but this is the first city in which I could truly see myself living one day. And beauty it does not lack.

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Some highlights:

  1. Moderna Museet and Fotografiska were both wonderful museums. The modern art museum was beautifully designed and had a wonderful permanent collection, as well as two awesome exhibitions while we were there: one on surrealism, another featuring the work of Hilma af Klint, who was one of the first female abstract artists in the early 1900s. Her work was just amazing: all mystic symbolism and metaphysicality. I’m going to do a feature post on her later this week! Fotografiska is the modern photography exhibition space, and we saw some great work there as well.
  2. Hermans! Oh Hermans. Hermans is an adorable little restaurant with an all-you-can-eat vegetarian buffet. Color me blissed out. The location and view were killer, the vibes were great, and the food was fantastic. It was busy, but I think it’s one of those places that only people (including tourists) who are really in the know check out. To that end, it was so much fun to be surrounded by a plethora of languages! But seriously. The food.
  3. Shopping. We joked that after spending just two days in Sweden, we would now be annoying design-snobs to our friends. Every shop we went into, particularly the homewares shops, were incredible. Rustic, smart, and cool. And the clothes weren’t too shabby either… the street style was just insanely awesome.
  4. Movie night. We realized that because our flight from Stockholm back to Paris was early Sunday morning, we would have to leave our hostel around 3AM. My friend Sara had the brilliant idea to just cancel our Saturday night reservation at our hostel, save 40 euros each, and just stay up all night. So we went to a late movie and a 24 hour burger place (which had a veggie menu, by the way!) and read some magazines to pass the time. It was shockingly not too much of a struggle, and we saved a good chunk of cash. P.S We saw Side Effects. What a crazy-ass movie.
  5. Friendliness all around. The Swedes are some of the nicest people I have ever met. It may not help matters that I currently reside in a city where the people aren’t exactly renowned for their sunny natures (Paris, I love you still!), and New Yorkers definitely have some grit to them as well. But everyone in Stockholm was so eager to help, give recommendations, and were genuinely curious about what brought us to their city. The happiness and positive energy was just infectious. And this friendliness clearly extends to the planet as well! I have never been in a city where the air was so fresh, and I was blown away at how many health-minded and eco-friendly stores and products I came across.

All in all, I had such a wonderful time. We had been there for less than 6 hours and were already dreading going home! I felt so at ease there, like I was really among my kind of people. As you can see from the pictures, the city is just spectacularly beautiful as well. I can see that they call it the “Venice of the North” for a reason. Even the shuttle to and from the airport was so pretty!

Stockholm, this won’t be the last time we meet.

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