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Sunday in Stockholm

Our Sunday started in the opulent dining room of Berns Asiatika.
This grand and overly-Christmassy dinning room is open to Berns Hotel guests  (check availability) and although breakfast was not included with our reservation, we were more than happy to splurge out in order to experience this wonderful space.
Truth be told, it only came to £15per head, who would have thought?

Sunday Brunch soon becomes a special experience, once you enter this gorgeous room.
Think Viennese Opera, rather than casual brunch spot!
It seems to be very popular with locals too, lots of hugs, smiles and "Heeej", were taking place all around us, over smooth lattes.
We had salmon and herring, off course, they are the local staples;
we found smocked salmon here much smoother than back home, almost sushi-like texture and quality. I couldn't get enough of it!
Then came the scrambled eggs and lots of lovely types of ham & cheese, they are fond of provolone here, this retro almost forgotten smoky flavour.
And then to top it all off small, puffy, Dutch pancakes with maple syrup. Heaven.

When we finally managed to drag ourselves away from Bern's brunch, we jumped in a taxi and got to the Nordiska Museet, the Nordic life museum.
The building itself is gorgeous to look at, right on the waterside too. On summer days you can walk there from the city centre, but not on a freezing December day.

Left: One's bedroom is not necessarily for sleeping!  Right: Nordiska Museet's impressive exterior

The building was first put up for public celebrations, it's so lovely inside, spread over three floors. Remember to bring your own headphones along and grab the little infra-red  transmitter at reception that will be your tailor-made guide throughout the museum; just point it to the items you are interested in and a short description follows.

Dinner guests were known to induce vomiting between courses, just to make space for more food! 
This massive golden cake, in the middle, was an extravagance back in the 1700s, not because it was covered in leaves of gold, but because sugar and marzipan were luxury ingredients back in the day and had to be imported.
Old & new: spot the "parking" spots for pushchairs in the museum? 
We learnt about food and customs and clothes and furniture and how one's bedroom wasn't for sleeping but for entertaining important guests - not in a naughty way, silly - just because it was the most opulent room in the house!

My favourite part in the museum was seeing all the Christmas workshops set up in the great hall for kids. Families with young kids had set up camp there for a Sunday spent decorating oranges with cloves, making Christmas cards and icing cookies. Lovely, lovely way to spend a Sunday.

Believe it or not, these are the locker rooms and toilets at the Nordiska Museet!

If you want a quick break and a spot of lunch, do pop into the Opera House.
From the back door.
The Bakfickan or "Hip Pocket" is a very intimate bar, serving food and drinks all day in a very easygoing setting. No reservations needed and guaranteed meatballs, what else do you need on a Sunday in Stockholm?

The gorgeous Opera House

On the left is the Palace and on the right the Parliament and under the bridge, you'll find the Medieval Museum; Yes "under"!

Another little museum, which is free, but is actually built around part of the original medieval City walls, is the Medieval Museum.
You'll find it under the bridge connecting the Opera House to Gamla Stan.
Yes, "under", that's right!

Don't forget to stop for "fika", that is to have a break for a coffee and pastries!

We stopped at a café just before Biblioteksgatan because it was bitterly cold and we needed a sip of little something in our hot chocolate. A shot of Amareto here, a shot of Kalhua there...mission accomplished!

As for pastries, we were spoilt for choice really; sfogliatine with chocolate, sfogliatine with white chocolate, Danish filled with a light green pistachio cream... what do you know, we ordered them all! 

On for a spot of window-shopping down Bibliotekgatan and off we drove back to the airport to catch a flight back home!
We made it this time! (if you are wondering, read this)

A word  of advice on taxis in Stockholm.
On the back passenger-side windows you'll spot a sticker with their maximum allowed fare per kilometre. Watch out to get the cheaper ones because when we caught a taxi to the Nordiska museum we only paid about 150 kroner, £10 or so, whereas on the way back we paid almost double for the exact same route, because we caught one of the more expensive taxis.

Also the bus from the airport will bring you right in the city centre for 99 Kroner, that is less than £10! We caught on the way to town and on the way to the airport we booked a cab which is roughly £50, or 525 kroner.   

Thanks for the nice experience Stockholm, you battered us with rain and hail but we'll be back to experience your gorgeous water-side parks in the summer!

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