Saturday, August 23, 2014

Summer holidays

As autumn started and trees are showing their first red leaves, I want to look back at a wonderful summer vacation with some special visitors from SA. My mother and father came to visit us here in Uppsala during the summer vacation and we had a busy two weeks of touristing. We enjoyed having them here with us and we hope that we were able to give them a memorable and exciting trip. Below are some pictures of our endeavors...

Day 1, Arrival and rest 
Room ready for guests of honor
We did not take many photos the first day, but one thing that amazed Mamma from day 1 was the beautiful flowers and the number of bicycles

Day 2, Uppsala town, Cathedral, City hall 
Our first outing - Bus ride through the whole of Uppsala
Mamma and Pappa dwarfed by the Domkyrka (Cathedral)
Inside the cathedral
Marie and Maria - Wax statue of Maria in the Cathedral

View from Stadshuset (City Hall)
The two Uppsala landmarks (castle and cathedral) from Stadshuset
Many bicyles at the station
Going for a early evening stroll next to Fyrisån (Fyris river)
Lanes of trees next to Fyrisån
Enjoying the view from Kungsängsbron (bridge over the Fyris river)
Discussing the interesting statues at the train station

Day 3, First Stockholm visit, Stockholm boat trip, Gamlastan (old town Stockholm)
On the train to Stockholm
Waiting for the Tunnelbana (Metro) in Stockholm

"Stockholm under the bridges" sightseeing with the Riksdag (parliament) in the background 
On the sightseeing boat
Lunch (and desert) in the park after the sightseeing
Visiting the Vasa museet

Day 4,  Old Uppsala - church, mounds, museum and Odinsborg restaurent
At Gamla Uppsala (old Uppsala) with the two (new) Uppsala landmarks on the horizon
Grave mounds at Old Uppsala
At Old Uppsala Cathedral
Enjoying the sun at Disagård (open air farm museum next to Gamla Uppsala Cathedral)
Enjoying lunch at Odinsborg restaurant
Visiting Gamla Uppsala Museum to learn about Vikings
We had quite a few tubs of these

Day 5, Stockholm - Archipelago tour and visit to Gamla Stan in Stockholm
Back to Stockholm for another boat trip
Waiting for the start of the archipelago boat tour
Enjoying the "vibe" in the glamorous Strandvagen in Stockholm
Kicking off the archipelago tour with a pear cider
In front of parliament in Stockholm
On our way to Gamlastan (Old town) of Stockholm
Mamma in front of Stockholm Stadhuset (city hall), where the annual Nobel Prize dinner is held. The rule for this occasion is that every Nobel prize winner should sit next to a member of the Swedish Royal family

Day 6, Uppsala - walk in forest, buffet lunch at Skarholmen, Uppsala castle and Botanical garden
A walk in the forest at Hågadalen

Buffet lunch at Skarholmen
Looking out over the Botanical Gardens from Uppsala Castle
The canons that the king pointed at the Cathedral as a warning to the archbishop
Uppsala Castle

Day 7, Uppsala - visit to IKEA and lunch at the station restaurent
A visit to Sweden would not be complete without a visit to IKEA
Very much at home in IKEA

The old station in Uppsala - now a restaurant
Lunch at the station restaurent

Day 8, Stockholm again - Skansen open air museum
Another train trip to Stockholm
Catching the tram to Djurgården (translates to animal farm). The green oasis island of Stockholm
Visiting Skansen open air museum on Djurgården
Taking the funicular in Skansen
View over Stockholm from Skansen
A soldiers cottage
Taking a well deserved break
Old town and man in time period costume
Window shopping in Skansen old town
Lunch and a well deserved rest
Dinner - a very traditional Swedish dish - Falukorv (the famous sausage from Falun)

Day 9, Uppsala, quiet day in town, sunset cruise on Lake Mälaren
Enjoying some cherries next to the river Fyris that runs through Uppsala town
Another boat trip - this time in Uppsala. Sunset cruise on the M/S Linnea. Cruising up the Fyris River into Lake Mälaren for an awesome sunset accompanied by a typical Swedish Räkor buffet (shrimp buffet)

Returning to a dusky Uppsala (around 11 pm in the night)

Day 10, Uppsala - boat trip to visit Skokloster castle on Lake Mälaren
An early morning for another boat trip on Lake Mälaren - this time to Skokloster castle
Nice day at the beach on Lake Mälaren
Approaching Skokloster Castle

Having a rushed lunch at Skokloster before running to catch the return boat
The dash for the boat. Pappa won by far
Cruising back to Uppsala through a number of drawbridges

Day 11, Uppsala, last day in town

Day 12, Goodbyes on Arlanda airport

No photos :(

Thank you Pappa and Mamma for a wonderful time and a "lekker kuier". Hope to see you here again very soon :)



  1. Baie dankie vir die lekker vakansie, lekkerste ooit! Dankie vir al die moeite wat julle gedoen het. Lief julle baie. Pappa en Mamma