A visit to the City Hall was highly recommended by our hotel receptionist, and so was next on our agenda. (We checked out the Radisson Blu Hotel on the way through, having no cash to pay the exorbitant fee of about $1.50 to use a public loo — having said that, we didn’t actually check to see whether they would accept credit cards!) The City Hall is where the Nobel prizes are awarded.
We then strolled along the waterfront (which is being restored to its former glory and will no doubt be a wonderful area to visit in 10 years’ time) and across bridges on to another of the many islands of Stockholm. We were planning to purchase a 24-hour transport card and take the ferry across to another of the islands, but discovered that we couldn’t actually purchase a card from the machines on the wharf. Fortunately, the hotel situated only 5 minutes’ walk away was able to sell us some cards, and so we were soon on our way.
The island of Djurgården is the location of an amusement park (closed today), a number of museums (including the ABBA museum), and parks and gardens. Not being interested in visiting any of the museums (not even the ABBA museum, Tracy!), we simply explored, choosing a path that led through a community garden, past an old palace (where an automatic lawnmower entertained us for a while), around the brightly coloured floral beds behind the palace, and along the banks of a wide canal.
Our transport cards enabled us to catch a tram back into the city centre where we found ourselves retracing part of the route we had taken earlier. We stopped to have a quick look inside the cathedral before catching the underground train back to our apartment.
After another fast food meal deal — at around $15 each with a can of drink, this is a much more affordable option than going to any of the restaurants. A cheap bottle of white wine at our hotel sells for around $100, and so alcohol is definitely not on our diet at the moment!
We headed off to bed at around 9pm, although I read until almost 10. We begin our long journey home via Doha tomorrow!