My cousin wanted to meet an old high school friend of hers who is based in Denmark and was on a visit in Stockholm. So we decided to go to Gamla Stan, the old town of Stockholm.

We started our walk at 1 pm.

After checking out the world’s longest art gallery (click this to check link about Stockholm metro) – we walked in Kungsträdgården before heading to the Old Town by way of the boxy royal palace. Men were fishing by the bridge.

The boxy royal palace is a working government building. It's where the king and queen goes to office.

The boxy royal palace is a working government building. It’s where the king and queen goes to office.

We took pictures outside the palace, but decided not to go in there yet. But we will some other day. After all, it’s the world’s largest royal castle still used for original purposes – it has 608 rooms and the royal family has worked there since 1754 (they don’t use all the rooms though.)

Tuwa wanted to go to the royal armoury again – because that was where I bought her a long gown (worth 600 crowns) some time ago. She wanted me to bribe her for coming along – since she doesn’t like taking the subway and inching our way through the crowd in Gamla Stan. But I refused – only to give in later, by buying her a cheaper alternative, a toy in one of  the oh so many tourist shops in the town.

While Tuwa whined about a bribe, Seth made faces and did his weird poses each time I tried to photograph him.

These buildings have inspired many paintings. The yellow one in the middle houses Chokladkoppen.

These buildings have inspired many paintings. The yellow one in the middle houses Chokladkoppen.

We went for lunch at Chokladkoppen, arguably the best-loved café in Stockholm. It is ever so crowded – although the interiors are shabby and the prices high. But its popularity is due to the iconic building in which it is housed. Plus that it is right in front of the well in Stortorget – the setting of the famous Stockholm bloodbath – where nobilities were massacred by Christian the Tyrant of Denmark.

The paintings in Chokladkoppen change from time to time. I suppose they support local artists.

The paintings in Chokladkoppen change from time to time. I suppose they support local artists.

Then we roamed around looking for the “German well” – as per instruction by my cousin’s friend – where they were supposed to meet. But all the Swedes I asked didn’t know there was a German well in Stortorget. We ended up in a beautiful German church – where there was no well.

Inside the German church.

Inside the German church.

We also went to see the narrowest street in Stockholm, Mårten Trotzigs gränd. It was my aunt’s wish – since she missed it the first two times she visited Sweden years back. The street is named after a wealthy merchant who bought houses there and was later beaten to death.

In the end, my cousin and her friend decided to meet in front of Nobel museum instead, where there was an ongoing street concert. (check out my youtube video of the concert – this link)

Mårten Trotzigs Gränd, the narrowest street in Stockholm.

Mårten Trotzigs Gränd, the narrowest street in Stockholm.

We left our tourists in Gamla Stan while we headed to a Science Fiction bookstore. I am a fan of fantasy. I bought the book “Uprooted” by Naomi Novik at 95 crowns. If anyone wants to read this book after me – I’d be happy to pass it on, free of course.

The walk ended at 4:30 pm.