Our next port of call was Stockholm, Sweden's capital and the largest city in Scandinavia. It is often referred to as "the city that floats on water", as it sits on numerous islands. In fact, navigating to the city by ship is only allowed in daylight hours because of the 24,000 islands and inlets.
This was another city we decided to explore on our own rather than taking a formal tour. It was a dreary rainy day, but our spirits were buoyed by the beauty all around us. Above is a Catholic Church that we happened upon. The carving around the door was really amazing!
Here is a view from a bridge. You can see the bridge in the distance connecting the islands.
This is the entrance into the Royal Palace where we were just in time to see some of the changing of the guard.
It took place in the courtyard where there was much horse circling, band playing and shouting of orders. Stationed along the crowds were armed guards who were not afraid to use their bayoneted rifles to move the crowd back. I was surprised to see that at least one of them was a young woman, equally as fierce as her male counterparts.
After the ceremony, we had a little time to explore some of the shopping areas on the way back.
The shuttle bus that would return us to the Eurodam picked us up right opposite the Parliament buildings.
We are getting close to the end of our journey. The next day, we were at sea en route to Germany.