I spent most of the day exploring the royal island of Djurgården, a public park in Stockholm filled with museums, amusement parks, castles, and great views in every direction.
You can get out in the water in a tour boat, a paddle boat, a solar boat, or as I did, a public ferry.Vasa museum, Sweden's biggest attraction besides Princess cake.
But the ship stayed underwater for 333 years until 1961. Since then, it has been painstakingly restored, a process that continues to this day.
You can watch some of the work.
A graveyard adds to the spook factor. It's not an old graveyard though. Many of the tombstones are recent.
The walk across the island is bucolic, surrounded by parkland, joggers, and strollers.
My destination on the Rosendals way is a greenhouse cafe that epitomizes the Scandinavian philosophy of hygge: coziness. And also harmony with the natural environment.
You can tell by the soup and carb heavy diet and the plaid throw blankets casually draped over the chairs. Bottles of water left on the table for you to hydrate and help yourself. No one rushes you out of a Scandinavian cafe.
Bring home flowers and vegetables if you're so inclined. Or just admire their skill.
Take home a hearty bread, or ten. But bring a credit card, because like Fotografiska, Rosendal doesn't take cash.
Across the way is a palace, with quite a nice lawn.
A reminder that not all Swedish history is peaceful and happy. The mythology of Swedish kings frequently celebrates brutality and dominance, as the statue of the goddess or nymph looks on.
After the rain in Riga, I really appreciated the sunshine.
Who wouldn't want to rent an ice cream colored bicycle?