September 15, 2016
It is said that all things must end, and although my time in Scandinavia was over much too soon, the memories I have will last a lifetime. In last week’s post I reminisced about my final day wandering the lovely streets of Stockholm, and the beautiful little adventures I had that morning. But the journey only continued..
After my pleasant discovery of Ivar Los parken and the divine church singing I encountered afterward, I decided that I simply could not turn and go just yet. I continued on, walking west down Bastugatan, still admiring the charming lanes and quaint houses of the Södermalm district. Aimlessly wandering, I turned right onto Bellmansgatan and stumbled upon yet another Stockholm surprise:
At the time, I had no idea who called this Swedish gingerbread house home, or how they came into living at such an unbelievably wonderful location. In time, I also learned that the house also had quite an interesting story, but then, all I knew was that this was one of the cutest houses I had ever seen! With its enchanting gables, bright and cheery hue, one-of-a-kind view, adorable bike leaning against the gate, and let’s not overlook that unique entranceway! I just could not get over it.
Since then, I have found that it is a stop on the Millennium Tour, a walking tour based on the Millennium trilogy, written by Swedish author Stieg Larrson (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Next). In the books, main character Mikael Blomkvist lives at Bellmansgatan 1.
Giddy from my exhilarating morning, I decided that it was probably time to head back to Hotel Rival to pack up and head home to the states. I turned to take one last look around and continued on, but not before grabbing some delicious Stikki Nikki gelato and savoring it at Mariatorget park one last time!
With only one more post, this Scandinavian Travelogue is nearing the end, but you can read it from the beginning here. Additionally, if you’re craving even more Scandinavian travel insights, must-see destinations, travel and food pictures and reviews, visit my Scandinavian Travel Pinterest page for your fill! Finally, make sure you are a subscriber so you don’t miss my last post next week, when I share what I learned about the incredible Scandinavian cultural phenomenon creating the happiest people in the world!