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9th August, 2013



Our journey through the western Baltic was in calm seas and a following wind, comfortable on deck but rather cloudy. Two pilots boarded for our 45 mile passage through the archipelago, joining as morning twilight was just starting to appear. Ahead of us the waters were quiet, the cloud touching the top of the trees at times as we glided past, and very little moving around until we were almost in Stockholm when the morning rush hour traffic suddenly seemed very apparent.


Fortunately the ship was berthed opposite Djurgarden, the lush green park island that has the Vasa Museum on its western side and is very close to the city centre. Gamla Stan, the old town characterised by its narrow medieval streets, was visible astern and was an easy walk. Most folks however, took the shuttle bus which took them past the Royal Palace and the Parliament House then dropped them off near the theatre. Stockholm has one of the most elegant city centres, numerous classical buildings surrounded by parks and water, and is a great place just to stroll as every corner brings a splendid new vista. The waterfront is bustling with small ferries that connect with the islands and smaller boats that operate a sightseeing hop on – hop off operation.

The day remained rather grey, but the rain had gone so our own tourists were not subjected to an unwanted soaking and were all back on board for our 5pm departure. As luck would have it the sun came out as we made our way back through the islands and many passengers stayed up on deck watching them pass close by until dinner called them back inside. For those sitting in the restaurant it would have seemed at times that trees, small island houses and tiny jetties were just a stone’s throw away until, eventually, we passed the island community of Sandhamn. The pilot disembarked shortly after and we headed out into the Gulf of Finland.

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