Season greetings - and holiday break

This is what it looks outside my house right now. We live on the fourth floor in the city center of Stockholm. It looks like we are going for a white christmas.

Im on vacation and will be back on january 12 2010. Until then: merry christmas! 

Ryan air opens three new routes

Ryanair opens three new routes to Stockholm this summer. From Béziers (France) fom April 13, from Faro (Portugal) from March 31and from Malaga Spain June 23.

Oaxen floating luxuryhotel docks in Stockholm

The well renowned archipelago restaurant Oaxen Krog is closed for the season, but their yachthotel "The Prince" is moving in to the city between  December 26 and March 30 to the exclusive Strandvägen 13-15 quay. The boat, named Prince van Orangiën, was originally a dutch river boat.

The decoration is made with oak, ebony, Brazilian rosewood as well as Belgian slate and five different sorts of marble. On board there are six double cabins and one single cabin all of them with a touch of the 30's.

The Oaxen Krog was chosen as one of the "S Pellegrini World's 50 Best Restaurants", and has been recognised in swedish and international media.

Design and independent clothes in one


The swedish webshop Designista have a real life store in Stockholm on Hagagatan 20 in the Vasastan area in the city. The store has now moved together with the clothing company Jascha to the shop Jascha Loves Designista on Upplandsgatan 45 in the Vasastan area.

The Vasastan area are known for its restaurants, bars, antiqueshops and independent stores. Vasastan area has a town-feel, just like the SoFo-area on Södermalm, but is a bit more stylish.

Jumbo hostel joins STF

In 2010 the Jumbojet Hostel, Jumbo Hostel, at Stockholm-Arlanda Airport  will join Svenska Turistföreningen and
Hostelling International, STF/HI.

In the end of November this year Jumbo Hostel was nominated in the category "Best Hotel Novelty of the Year" in the Hospitality Awards in Paris. No price was won but plenty of attention on the International Hospitality Arena
in Europe.

Stockholm on British Airways top ten list

British Airways travel experts have chosen their ten most important destinations in 2010. Stockholm is the only city in Scandinavia found on the top ten list this year. Stockholm is found in the number eight spot.

"Regularly voted one of the best cities in the world to live in, Stockholm has become the model city for others to follow. Europe's epicenter of biodiversity and ecology will celebrate its official title of "European Green Capital" in 2010, making it a popular choice for ecotourists."says British airways.

Here is the entire top list
Capetown (1), Istanbul (2), L A (3), Vancouver (4), Punta Cana (5), Dubrovnik (6), New York (7), Stockholm (8), The Maldives (9) and Delhi (10)

Best hostel in Sweden is on Långholmen in Stockholm

Hostel guests have chosen their favorite hostel in Sweden. The "Pillow of the year award" is everyyear chosen among the Svenska Turistföreningens' hostel guests. The former prison, STF Långholmen in Stockholm, was awarded Pillow of the year (Årets Kudde) with the following motivation:

"The hostel is full of contrasts. Its close to nature yet central. Guests have excellent opportunities for outdoor excercise yet offers something out of the ordinary indoors. The hostel lives its versitile and interesting history yet offers modern service and freshness. the culinary profile is something that former prison guests only could dream about".

Nobel festivities in Stockholm

Physics and chemistry medals
On December 10, Nobel Day, one of the world’s most prestigious awards will be presented by HM Carl XVI Gustav to a handful of individuals for their exceptional contributions to the world of science, economics, and literature. After the award ceremony int the Concert Hall, the laureates, their families, and other invited guests make their way to the City Hall, where one of Sweden’s most exclusive parties takes place. The 1,300 dinner guests include members of the Royal Family, the Nobel Prize laureates and other outstanding scientists, as well as some of Sweden’s most influential people.

Many people would love to attend the Nobel Prize festivities, but few are priviledged to do so. Tomorrow evening, after work, I will dress up, sipp some champagne and enjoy the festivities on the tv-screen.

One way to breathe in some of the Nobel aura without a formal invitiation is to

New route from Bergen in Norway

Norwegian opens a new route from Bergen in Norway to Stockholm-Arlanda airport. The new route opens on March 28, six days a week.

Designed Christmasdinner at Strand

Photo: Stefan Nilsson
Radisson Blu Strand Hotel
in Stockholm offers typical swedish smörgåsbord and lets a well-known swedish designer do the decorations. This year the brittish designer Simon Davies, who runs London W8 shop in Stockholm, is the creator behind the swedish Julbord buffé at the Strand.

The buffé at Strand is open until December 18.

The Fair expands

The extension of Stockholm International Fairs will be ready at the turn of the year. The project was sparked by the Fair's ambition to once again host Europe's largest congress, the European Society of Cardiology which takes place in the end of August 2010.

The extension offers other advantages as well. Larger floor space and new restaurant areas combined with adaptable, flexible solutions will mean more customers and new possibilities. The additional space will allow greater flexibility at popular fairs such as the Stockholm Furniture Fair in february.

The walkway will have a polished surface and lots of green details, efforts are also put in to the entrance and the restaurant area.

Gingerbread house competition and Marzipan boats

The christmas spirit is finally here. Two of my favorite christmas spirit events are now taking place.

The Architecture museums Gingerbread-house competition
"Patterns" (Mönster) is the theme in this years Gingerbread house competition - professionals, amateurs and children are all competing in a challenge of making the best gingerbread house. This year Arkitekturmuseum is working together with the lifestyle store PUB. all 90 houses are on display on the third floor.

A boat with marzipan
Yes, an entire boat filled with all kinds of marzipan has landed in Nybroviken quay just in the city centre. Well this is a total must for any one with marzipan-cravings...

Creative christmasmarkets at Stockholms' designschools
Beckmans Designschool have a christmas market 12-13 december
Konstfacks Christmasmarket takes place this weekend 5-6 december

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