November 23, 2008 - Stockholm

We leave our hotel this bitterly cold morning and head directly to the nearby City Hall. This is where the Nobel banquet is held each winter.

The courtyard inside.

Even in the tall, walled center, the blowing snow managed to dust the ground.

Looking back towards Old Town, where we're headed later.

Our hotel isn't that sexy on the outside, but it was very nice inside.

We walk to Gamla Stan (Old Town, its own island) and stop for quiches in a local cafe.

Cool buildings in the Old Town area.

Stockholm is very picturesque.

Ridderholm Church.

The snow was a bit heavier here.

Looking back at City Hall.

Shades of Amsterdam. Typical norther Europe apartment buildings.

St. Nicholas Church.

I thought this little guy was cute.

The Nobel Museum.

We were surprised to find an open Christmasmarket, fittingly in the shadow of St. Nicholas Church.

A kid holds a 5kg chocolate bar.

Typical Swedish chick selling cheeses at one of the stands in the Christmasmarket.

Glogg, a Swedish take on gluh-wein, is spiced red wine with almonds on top and a few dried cranberries at the bottom.

Jill enjoys he Glogg with a gingersnap.

We head over to another Gamla Stan staple, the changing of the guard.

Cool setting for it...

The line up and do their thing.

Today is the Navy's turn to perform the changing.

They yell at each other in Swedish.
Worth seeing, even in the cold and snow.

This is for Brendan, though I really did find this a snazzy phonebooth.

Typical Swedish alleyway.

Cool tree. I bet this is awesome in the spring!