Originally posted by Joe King:
Well the big five year anniversary is approaching, so my girlfriend and I are off to Stockholm for a weekend in October. Just one problem - neither of us know anything about the place! Some initial investigation seems to indicate that there is a lot to see there, but its hard to know what is best. If anyone has been to, or lives in, Stockholm, then any help with the following would be great!:
* Is it possible to see all the main sites by foot? When we went to both Paris and Dublin over weekends we managed to fit in most of the main sites by walking about 10 miles a day over a couple of days, but some cities have their main tourist attractions a bit more spaced out (you couldn't do London on foot over a weekend). If things are spaced out, is the public transport any good?
* What would you recommend as a really good thing(/s) to see while there? We're mainly interested in old historical sites, architecture, bridges, picturesque parks etc
* Are there any overly-touristy things that are widely advertised but just not worth going to? Some cities have things, like the Dome in London, which are (or were in the Dome's case) massively hyped but not really worth going to.
* Will the language barrier be an issue? Unfortunately between us we are limited to English and simple Greek and French... and not a word of Swedish. I'm hoping to learn a few simple phrases before we go (it seems polite to learn please, thank you, yes, no etc), but will this be enough to get by with (i.e. is English well spoken there)?
* I've heard that food is fairly expensive, and drinking requires the budget of a small African country. Is it really that bad? Mind you, we do live in London, so its not like we aren't used to horribly over-priced food and drink.
* What kind of shade of blue will I go? In early October is it likely to be fairly cold/wet? I'm not really bothered about the cold, but rain would be a bit annoying.
Thanks a lot!
[ August 23, 2004: Message edited by: Joe King ]
Originally posted by Steven Hoodless:
Everytime we fell over some young lady would laugh and make a joke about falling on your "ass-phalt". That was a good way to meet Swedish girls though I'm sure thats not relevant on a 5 year anniversary trip.
Originally posted by Helen Thomas:
Instead of making presents of vodka, make gifts of great British beers esp. bitters like Adnams Bitter, Bass, Black Sheep Best Bitter, Fuller's London Pride, Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Hopback Summer Lightning. Marston'e Pedigree, Rooster Yankee (uses North American hops) , Shepherd Neame Master Brew (mouth shockingly hoppy) , Timothy Taylor's Landlord (Madonna and Guy have given it their seal of approval).
Originally posted by Joe King:
Over the years the British have invented and encouraged a great many wonderful things - television, trains, the internet and much more. Above all of this stands one thing - beer. Imagine if the Irish and the British beers were removed from the world.... the only kinds of beers would be the fizzy American lagers, the slightly fizzy European lagers and the strange German white beers. How can these ever compete with a pint of Spitfire, a nice London Pride or even an Irish Guinness?
[ August 25, 2004: Message edited by: Joe King ]