On Saturday evening we left Stockholm on the Baltic Queen‘s 16 hour journey across the Baltic Sea to Tallinn in Estonia.
After finding our cabin (2 single fold out beds with a private toilet/shower room) we went up on deck and ate a picnic dinner while we cruised slowly through the famous Stockholm Archipelago.
We were pretty tired and knew we had a big day ahead of us so we avoided the three nightclubs on board and went to bed.Â One of the channels on the in-room TV cycled through the cameras from the nightclubs and it looked like we weren’t the only ones going to bed early.Â As much as the Baltic Ferries have a booze-cruise reputation we definitely didn’t experience that on our trip.
Since we only had one day to experience the city we headed straight for the Old Town that contains a majority of the sights.Â The Old Town is a well preserved medieval city that has been influenced by its various rulers including Danes, Germans, Swedes and most recently the Russians.Â We were lucky that ‘Old Town Days’ was in progress which is one of the biggest festivals of the year which meant lots of artists and performers around town many in period costume.
After about 8 hours of walking around on the cobblestone streets we were pretty tired when we made it back to the ship for the return trip to Stockholm.Â We didn’t have the energy to stay up for the sunset this time, but did make it through a movie in our room before passing out for the night.Â We woke up a couple hours from Stockholm allowing us to experience the archipelago again before spending the rest of the day in Stockholm checking out the preparations for the royal wedding that is now less than two weeks away.