Friday, May 30, 2014

Stockholm Skansen

We spent our last full day in Stockholm at the Skansen, the world's first open air museum. It was a perfect day full of animals, playgrounds, and fun buildings to explore.

The broken arm didn't stop the climbing!

It was easter Sunday, so we went to a small hymn service in this cute little church. So fun.
The Swedish decorate trees with colored feathers for Easter. 

Late that afternoon, we switched gears and went to a LARGE Easter service at Hillsong Stockholm.
The people were so helpful and friendly. We took Chelsea and Cade to the kids program, but kept Logan with us. They gave us headphones to protect his ears from the volume! We didn't make it through the whole service, but it was great to worship with others on Easter Sunday!
We loved Stockholm and would definitely recommend it for all our friends living in Europe.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Spectacular Stockholm

We spent Easter weekend enjoying the beauty of Stockholm, Sweden. We loved the people (so friendly), the water, the boats, everything!! It was one of our most kid-friendly trips, so that  gave it extra bonus points. The Sheraton Stockholm made us feel that our kids were welcome by providing a gift for them in our room when we arrived, and then Easter treats for them the second night. So thoughtful!!

On our first full day, we walked around and then toured the Vasa museum. The Vasa was a warship that sank in the 1600's and was salvaged in the mid 1900's. It is amazing to see and the intricate details of the ship are marvelous. The lighting inside isn't great, so our pics aren't the best.  If you go, ask for the children's tour. It is a do-it-yourself tour, but gives the kids things to look for along the way and was quite informative for us as well. 

Attempts at an all 3 pic...this is how most turn out!
On the bottom floor, there were biographies of the people who died on the Vasa and some of their skeletons were on display. A bit creepy, but the kids thought it was cool to see real skeletons!

We had a lovely waterfront lunch after the museum ...perfect weather and perfect scenery!

Fun kids pizza

Sweet brothers!

After lunch, we visited Junibacken, a children's museum based on Swedish fairy tales including Pippi Longstocking. It was lots of fun for the kids, though quite expensive and I would say it is not worth the price. But all in all, a very successful first day in Stockholm!

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Family Pics

We took advantage of the Budapest Cherry Blossom Festival to take some spontaneous family pics. Turns out, there was only one cherry blossom tree, but whatever. Still some nice scenery and good place for pictures!

Classic Logan...what will happen if I step in the stream of water?

We tried to hide Chelsea's cast, but now it looks like she only has one arm in all of the pictures. Lol. 

Love my fam!

Como: The Rest

 After the cooking class, we still had 24 hrs+ of kid free time in Como. Varenna is beautiful and we enjoyed leisurely walks along the lake, taking in all the beauty along the way.

Saturday, we took a ferry ride across the lake to Bellagio. Bellagio is beautiful as well, full of cobblestone, store lined, narrow staircases leading from the shore up into the hills. 

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, we drove back to Milan to catch our flight home, refreshed and recharged. Perfect weekend getaway!