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Dinner at Grøften Monday, 1 July 2013

Posted by Ian Cole in Europe 2013, Eurovision to 50, Ian C, The Ians on Tour.
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Today we took the train from Stockholm to Copenhagen, to catch our return flight to Sydney tomorrow.

Tonight we celebrated the last night of our European tour with dinner at Grøften, one of the many restaurants inside Tivoli.

We had dinner there on our trip four years ago, and really enjoyed the experience. The food was excellent, our waitress was engaging, and the atmosphere was great, despite the rain that was leaking in (the restaurant has a glass canopy, but is semi-open).

We’re happy to report that tonight’s repeat visit was not disappointing. Coincidentally almost the minute we took our seats, it started raining! Thankfully the rain didn’t last for long. Our waiter was great; he was able to recommend food and wine, including a suggestion for my meal. mixing sauces that, despite my initial reservations, worked perfectly.

Spending a few hours in Tivoli, including a couple of beers in the Beer Cave, was the perfect way to end our European adventure, back where we started just over seven weeks ago.

Tomorrow, it’s time to start the long trek home. Ugh.

Last days in Stockholm Monday, 1 July 2013

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After the excitement of ABBA The Museum, Gröna Lund, the birthday dinner and the Pet Shop Boys on Thursday, the remaining days is Stockholm have been a bit more low key.

Friday morning we travelled out to Globen, an arena that is the world’s largest spherical building, to ride the Skyview, pods that travel up the side of the globe to the top, affording fabulous, uninterrupted views across Stockholm and beyond.

After that we headed to Drottningarten for souvenir shopping and a visit to Bengans music shop, to catch up on some purchases from the ABBA section, of course.

Friday afternoon I met up with Carl Magnus and Frank (long-time net friend, first time we’ve met) to visit Stockholms Auktionsverk, to view the thousands of ABBA items from the incomparable collection of Tomas Nordin that are up for auction. Some wonderful and rare items. Some things I’d love to have, but will no doubt sell at auction for way more then I can afford.

That night we found a very nice, very Swedish restaurant in Gamla Stan (the old town) for dinner.

Saturday we were a bit more active. First we passed quickly by ABBA The Museum to exchange the two t-shirts I bought for a larger size (a tip for visitors: if you’re buying a t-shirt there, buy one size larger than you normally would). Then we were going to visit the nearby Vasa Museum, but the queue to enter was very, very long – it seemed that every tour bus in Stockholm had arrived at the same time.

So we headed to our next planned destination, Kaknästornet (the TV tower). More fabulous views across Stockholm and also east towards the famous Stockholm archipelago.

Then we crossed town to Stadhuset (the city hall). We took a guided tour of the building, visiting the beautiful halls where the Stockholm City Council sits and wherethe annual Nobel Prize banquet is held. Surprisingly, the building was opened in 1923, though it’s designed inside and out to look much older.

On Sunday, our last full day in Stockholm, we visited the Stockholm Stadsmuseum (city museum). The museum documents the history of Stockholm. There are some interesting displays, but overall it was disappointing. We visited here on the last trip, when it had a very interesting temporary exhibit on Stockholm in films.

Later we met up with friend Claes. We’ve known each other online for years, but had never actually met. He lived for many years in Florida, but we never managed to meet up on our many trips to Walt Disney World at Orlando. He’s now back living in Sweden, and it was a pleasure to finally meet him in person.

Sunday night we met with Carl Magnus one last time for dinner at a very nice restaurant by the water. We followed this with a walk along the shore, then one last drink at a bar also on the water (literally – we were on a pontoon).

Now it’s back to Copenhagen for one last night, before the long, long, long flight back to Sydney.