We arrived in Aland around 5:30pm and took a cab to the hotel. The skies were gray and there was an intermittent drizzle of rain so we checked into our hotel and headed out for dinner. Luckily we found a cafe in the main shopping area of “downtown” Mariehamn (one of the main towns in Aland) that was open. Most of the little shops were closed already and so we decided to eat there before everything closed and we ran out of options.
When we woke up this morning the skies were still gloomy but it did not seem to be raining so we had breakfast and headed out on the town. We were only in Mariehamn until early afternoon so we wanted to see as much as we could before we headed out to Stockholm. We walked over to the shopping mall and peeked in the stores as we passed by. We wandered around the streets of Mariehamn but without a bike or moped there wasn't a lot to do. A lot of the stores or tourist attractions are seasonal and have closed up shop already – most close in mid August until May or June of the following year as there are not many people visiting in the Winter. We walked around taking pictures until our ship arrived to take us to Stockholm.
The boat ride to Stockholm was just like the one to Aland – relaxing and quiet. We found the same seats and took advantage of the time to catch up on the blog and take naps.
Coming into Stockholm by boat is an unforgettable experience. Like many other coastal cities we've visited, many of the larger buildings and church steeples are visible and Stockholm's skyline was a beautiful sight. We were very excited to get off the ship and head to the hotel so that we could start exploring the city and planning our route for the next day – our only full day in Stockholm.
Once we were settled into the room we went out to walk around Soder, the area of town we were staying in. We walked around for about 30 minutes trying to find a good restaurant for dinner and eventually ended up back at the first one we had passed, The Viking Restaurant. We weren't exactly thrilled when we first walked in but they were the only restaurant with an English menu! We were pleasantly surprised when our food arrived and Chris definitely won for best meal. He ordered the Chicken & Curry Pasta which I'm hoping to recreate at home :) We returned to the hotel and set our alarm. We had a busy day planned for Stockholm on Wednesday!