Art et Liberté, at Stockholm's modern art museum... Moderna. "Art et Liberté" was a collective of Surrealist artists who were active in Cairo, Egypt between 1938 and 1948. This exhibition has been on a tour of Europe, making stops in Liverpool, Paris, Madrid and Düsseldorf before arriving, at its last stop, in Stockholm.
Surrealism and I wasn't really aware of Egyptian Surrealism earlier so it was especially interesting hearing their history and seeing their works of art. And the discovery of this lesser known art collective is really the point of the exhibition, as well as showing that it wasn't a fringe movement... it really was closely connected to other contemporary (and more well known) Surrealism art communities around Europe and the world.
temporary exhibitions as well as their permanent collection. There is an entrance fee to certain exhibitions (like "Art et Liberté") while others have free admission. It is always free to visit their permanent collection! They do have a nice lunch restaurant and a café there... and don't miss a visit to their gift shop which has many great art books as well as fun design objects.
Moderna is located on the island of Skeppsholmen. The easiest way to get there from the Hotel Rival is by the Djurgård ferry, which makes a stop at Skeppsholmen, from Gamla Stan. There is also a bridge leading over to the island from the downtown area, so walking (it is a beautiful area to walk around), bus and taxi are other options. No subway station on this island.
Andy Warhol 1968... can't wait to see that.
April 28, 2018
April 18, 2018
|Intimate dining for 8 at Unn|
teppanyaki table. As champagne was served, they explained Unn's dining concept to us. The cuisine is a fusion of Nordic and Japanese, using a lot of Nordic flavors and ingredients while employing Japanese cooking techniques.
|Chef Albin and Sommelier Mikkel presenting the dessert|
|Presentation of the ingredients|
sake, like the different varieties and how it is made. Currently you are able to order three different pairings... with alcoholic beverages, with non alcoholic beverages or a mix of the two. There may be plans in the future of having an "a la carte" beverage list as well. These guys put on quite a show as the evening progressed... ingredients were presented, poured, diced, shaved, seared and even, at times, lit on fire.
Unn's location. As I mentioned earlier, it is located with the restaurant Tak which can be found on the top floor of a building on the square Brunkebergstorg in downtown Stockholm. Above the restaurant, on the rooftop, they have an indoor/outdoor bar and terrace with amazing views of the city. Nothing excites Swedes more than the combination of sunshine and alcohol. This was the definitely the place to be last summer on a warm, sunny evening... and it is bound to be even more popular this coming summer as they are expanding to the rooftop on the neighboring building.
|You can't beat this view|
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|Sommelier / Barista|
|A bit of heavenly fudge to end the evening|
April 14, 2018
Strömma company ahead of the busy summer season. Strömma is the largest sightseeing operator in the Nordic countries, running tours in Oslo, Gothenburg, Copenhagen, Helsinki and... Stockholm! Here in Stockholm, there are other smaller sightseeing companies, but Strömma's portfolio of tours cannot be beat. They offer everything from day excursions, Hop On/Off tours, sightseeing by boat and bus, walking tours to dining cruises and much more.
The summer is the high season for tourism in Stockholm (with a mini high season in December as well) and it is short and intensive! There are, of course, sightseeing options year-round but most tours are only available during the high season. However, starting already in April, some tours start for the season... albeit with fewer departure times/days than the high season. There was a slight delay for a few of the boat tours as winter stayed late this year and some canals only became ice free last week! Some notable tours that have started are the Royal Canal boat tour, In a Nutshell bus/boat combination tour and Under the Bridges boat tour (only Fri-Sun so far, starting daily on April 27th).
The Hop On/Off busses run year round (with a higher frequency of departures in the summer months), however the Hop On/Off boats start their season on April 28th. Combination bus/boat tickets available then as well. Other year-round tours of note are the Panorama bus tour and the Little Archipelago boat tour. Strömma has some great full and half day excursions as well (palaces, castles, Viking villages, art museums, archipelago and more). Boat trips to Drottningholm have started already (weekends only now, daily from April 27th), with other excursions starting their seasons in May and June. Check the options here. One fun thing to do during the warmer months is to explore the archipelago on your own using the Cinderella boats (with start April 27th). Finally, Strömma has a wide variety of dining cruises (lunch, brunch, afternoon tea and dinner) available as well.
These tours are all bookable via their website (linked throughout this article) or can be purchased at tourist information centers or Strömma's ticket offices at Strömkajen, Gustaf Adolfs Torg, Stadshusbron and Nybroplan. Some tickets to tours can be purchased at the bus/boat when space is available (in case you want to keep your options open). Or, if you are staying at the Rival Hotel, you can book directly with me at the hotel. One good option is to purchase the Stockholm Pass, which not only includes entrance to almost all of Stockholm's main attractions but also gives you access to most of Strömma's sightseeing tours. We will be selling the 1, 2 and 3 day passes for adults to our hotel guests starting on May 1st. All pictures in this article are press images provided by Strömma.
|S/S Stockholm, photo by Gustav Kaiser.|
|Under the Bridges boat tour|
|Exploring the archipelago with Cinderella|
|Bus/boat combination tours.|
April 10, 2018
|Press image from Åhlens.|
|Items for the kitchen|
April 1, 2018
|The German Church in the evening.|
getting off the main thoroughfares.
|The Royal Palace.|
|Inside Storkyrkan Cathedral|
|Swedish meatballs at Den Gyldene Freden|
|Gamla Stan from the water.|
|A rooftop tour|
|Stortorget at night.|