Our visit to Stockholm to celebrate my birthday was very enjoyable. It started off as per usual, in a lounge at an airport. The difference for us this time was that we parked in the POD parking and had a nice little trip in the automated cars. This was a little birthday treat for myself as I always wanted to go on them.
I had a few loose ends to tie up from work, so the lounge in T5 was the ideal place. Actually, the South Lounge was the ideal place as the North lounge was very busy. Following the work, a light lunch from the buffet and a couple of drinks we headed off onto a Boeing 767.
We were staying at the Courtyard by Marriott, although it was further away from the tourist attractions, it was easily accessible from Arlanda airport and very quiet. Our room was a top floor suite including a whirlpool bath. Marriott isn't normally my brand of choice but I have been warming to them over the past few months. A nice surprise was the Champagne and chocolates found in the room upon arrival - this was an extra, but well worth it after a days travelling.
The room was very spacious, had a nice balcony, ipod docking station (completely useless for me! I much prefer the UK charging point in the Marriotts) and a wet room complete with a whirlpool bath. The bath was amazing and just the tonic following the flight over from Heathrow and the car journey from the airport. As per usual on the first night, we ate in the hotel and looked at some activities to do for the following day. I had a lovely salmon and tuna roe dish, as I adore fish but find I don't have chance to make it at home.
We settled on a visit to Skansen, it was the worlds first open air museum, founded in 1891. We were really glad of the choice as it was only 100SEK for the entrance fee (around £7.75) and we spent virtually all day there. The exhibits are arranged in a large park on the island of Djurgarden. There was so much to see and do that we wandered around visiting all the different areas. In some of the buildings they have people in period costumes who will explain the history of the building that they occupy. Everyone spoke fluent English, which makes me ashamed as I can't speak another language very well, but also meant that the day was even more interesting. Apart from the costume and buildings, they also have a large zoo area and during the summer dancing and other exhibits. http://www.skansen.se/en/artikel/about-skansen-0
We had a great time in Stockholm, we loved Skansen and we thought that the Courtyard by Marriott was great. We will be returning as there was so much we didn't get to see, like the Ericcson Globe, the Ice Hockey and some of the summer exhibitions are Skansen. There were also some boat trips which took our interest but we weren't in a position to do them as we only had a couple of days.
Sunday we spent the day shopping for the obligatory pair of Converse before heading off to the airport and making our way back to Heathrow. We landed slightly late at 22.20 but by 22.40 we were on the M25, I think that is a record for T5 for us.