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Day 82

The Longest Day

semi-overcast 24 °C

Today is summer solstice - the day with the most hours of daylight. The sun rose here at 3:31 AM and will set tonight at 11:08 PM. We are seldom awake after 11 PM but in the last few days when we were, the daylight extended after sunset so we could be in the "land of the midnight sun".

Our day started bright and sunny but by afternoon the clouds had accumulated and the temperature dropped. The high temperature for today was 24 C ( 75 F).

We got going this morning and drove to the laundramat that we had used in Stockholm earlier in the month and got our laundry up to date.

We then drove to the Vasa Museum. The Vasa is a war ship which set sail on August 10, 1628 and sank in Stockholm Harbour. There were 445 persons aboard the ship when it sank. 145 were sailors and 300 were soldiers. This wreck was salvaged in 1961 after being submerged for 333 years. The reconstructed vessel on display in the Vasa Museum is 98 per cent original. This was a very beautiful ship but poorly designed. We asked why the ship sank almost as soon as it was launched and we were told that it was top heavy and the bottom of the ship was not big enough to support to top part.

The preservation and reconstruction of this ship continues today. This museum was opened in 1990.

We took some pictures but Reta assumed that as in most museums they request that you do not use a flash so did not use a flash. The museum is very dark. The ship is very large. It was 69 metres (226 feet) long and 52.5 metres (172 feet) high.

Reta's pictures are not as clear as she would have liked.

Decorated Bow of the ship Vasa

Decorated Bow of the ship Vasa

This picture shows a model of Vasa on a 1:10 scale.

Model of Vasa scale 1 to 10

Model of Vasa scale 1 to 10

The stern of the ship is lavishly decorated. When this ship was launched these decorations were painted and very colourful. The reconstructed version of the ship is all brown but models have been made of some of the carvings and have been coloured as the reconstructionists think the originals may have been. Some of these models are on display.

Reconstructions of decorations on Vasa

Reconstructions of decorations on Vasa

They also had a reconstructed porthole cover that shows that even such a mundane item was decorated.

Decorated porthole for a cannon

Decorated porthole for a cannon

After touring the museum we had a hot dog and ice cream lunch.

We noticed this beautiful gate to the Djurgarden Park which is across the street from the Vasa Museum.

Beautiful Blue Gate to Djurgarden Park in Stockholm

Beautiful Blue Gate to Djurgarden Park in Stockholm

We drove back to our hotel and made sure that we had cleaned everything out of the car.

The AutoEurope representative arrived just a bit before 3 PM and after inspecting the car and hearing our stories, he drove it away. Our little Ford Fiesta will be driven back to Italy.

Tomorrow we will take the airport bus provided by our hotel to the airport early in the morning and fly to Helsinki, Finland.

Posted by A-RPoulton 11:20 Archived in Sweden

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