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Maurice Greer’s Travel Diary

Saturday, 01 Aug 2009

Location: Stockholm & Drottningholm, Sweden

MapToday we drove to Drottningholm to visit the palace built in 1662 which is the home of the Swedish Royal family. The grounds of the palace are situated along Lake Malaren and there is a steam boat that tours around the lake. The gardens behind the palace have sculptured hedges, ponds and fountains. Beyond is a Chinese pavilion built in 1753 and there is a “Canton Village” that was built, around the same time, as a small home-craft community. The village buildings are now private residences. There is also an area called the English garden with a natural pond and gothic tower. We spent a few hours here and were quite impressed although we had to take cover a few times from the rain showers.
We drove on to Ulricksdal palace, built in the early 17th century, on another lake. It has an Orangery and a smaller garden than Drottningholm so we didn’t spend much time here.
In the evening we took the metro back into Stockholm centre and had dinner there.