Date: Thursday, July 3, 1958
Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Weather: Still Hot!
Got in this morning at 8:00 and were taken to the Hotel Malmen. (Our rooms here are fabulous – we have our own private bathroom!) After a Continental breakfast of coffee and toast (I ate four slices!), we were whisked off on our day’s sightseeing tour. Sweden, or I should say Stockholm, excusez-moi, is built on fourteen islands and I think we drove over each one! Actually, I was too tired to enjoy much.
We went to old town first, and visited the Cathedral where we saw the statue of St. George and the Dragon! (That was the only thing that impressed me!)
We also saw the City Hall, with its gold room and figures showing the history of Sweden (Judy actually wrote Norway first, but lined through it) in mosaics, and then we had lunch in this fabulous restaurant, Stadshuskallaren! (YOU pronounce it!) I really stuffed myself. First we had all kinds of bread, stuffed eggs with shrimp, and cold meats. Next we had steak and french fries.
After lunch we went out to Drottningholm Palace and went through this old theater that the king had built because he liked to act in 1763. Plays are still given there today. That was really interesting to see the old sets and costumes. After that, we went through all the rooms in the palace (there must have been thousands) and when we finished Mary, Nancy, Sue, and I went out in the king’s garden, took off our shoes, and stuck our feet in his fountain!
As we were going back to the bus we ran into Sam, who was just on his way in, so we had to stay and talk. He was leaving for Copenhagen tonight. (I just changed my seal’s name to Sam!!)
We came home, got all dressed up (I wore my red jersey), and went to the Alhambra, a place full of atmosphere for dinner, steak again! Afterwards, we went to the show (Sweet Smell of Success) ($0.57) and home for a look in the mirror! Sue and I are going on a diet!
Drottningholm Palace is situated on an island in Lake Mälaren and is the private residence of the Swedish royal family. The name Drottningholm literally means “Queen’s islet”. The palace is the best preserved royal castle in Sweden and has earned a place on UNESCO’s World Heritage list.
In 1662, the Queen Dowager Regent Hedwig Eleonora hired architect Nicodemus Tessin the Elder to design the palace. Nicodemus died in 1681 and his son, Nicodemus Tessin the Younger, completed the project. The current royal family has lived there, using the rooms in the southern wing, since 1981.
The palace is a popular tourist destination and is open to the public year-round. The castle grounds include both baroque and English gardens, and feature sculptures, hedges, and fountains. The Chinese Pavilion was a birthday gift from King Adolf Fredrik to Queen Lovisa Ulrika in 1753. The Drottningholm Palace Theater is still in use and it utilizes the original stage machinery, designed by Donato Stopani.
The Palace’s theatre today: