Saturday, November 15, 2008

Stockholm Pictures

DSC_2955Today was the first that I didn't work 12-14 hours so Linzy and I got a chance to explore Stockholm a bit. It was also tolerable weather, cold but not rainy, which made it easier to get around.

In the morning we took the ferry over to the Vasa Museum and spent several hours there checking out the ship and the associated displays. Then we spent the rest of the afternoon wandering around the nearby neighborhoods admiring the architecture of the local buildings. Tonight we have reservations at the Gondolen, which has a view of Old Town from 33 meters above the river.

The Vasa, the most complete 16th century ship in the world (95% original materials).
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The ship sank 20 minutes into her maiden voyage, less then a mile from port, thanks to a combination of being too tall and narrow, having insufficient ballast, and being too top-heavy (too many cannons, too many sculptures, etc).
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The wikipedia article on the ship has a more in-depth description of the debacle of the Vasa's maiden voyage, which is pretty amusing in a morbid, epic fail, sort-of-way.

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1 comment:

Dan Phillips said...

We got the post card of the old ship. That looked very cool. Sweden looks very nice. Sounds like you guys had fun. Megan loves the post card btw. She keeps trying to grab it off the fridge.