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Friday, September 18, 2009
So Stockholm is a very busy place during rush hour. We arrived at the city center around 8:45 am and were greeted with masses of Swedes heading to work. The car traffic wasn't very heavy, but the pedestrians and bikes were just as dangerous. We bought a Metro pass (which we really didn't need) and headed for the Old Town, Gamla Stan. There the buildings are from the 1200's, and are now all shops, cafes and hotels. Our first goal was to get to the palace, which is the official residence of the Royal Family. It was guarded by uniformed guards and was quite impressive. Unfortunately, the tours, shops and museums didn't open until noon. We debated about heading over to the Vasa, a sunken ship from 1628 which had been dagged up and polished, but the Metro didn't run over there, and we were worried about being short on time to make our flight to München. So instead we just walked around the town, which is very pedestrian friendly, and got a feel for the city. Now I wished I would have taken a picture of the 100's (thousands??) of bicycles that were parked everywhere.