Stockholm at Midsummer sounded like a fun place to be. A number of years ago I had spent Midsummer’s Eve in Vilnius, the main city of Lithuania. It was a lively place. Shops and museums stayed open all night with concerts and festivities going on throughout. I had imagined this was a custom in the Baltic countries. A celebration of light.
In Stockholm it is decidedly different. Friday though Sunday many shops are closed, including the market where we buy food. We were told that everyone goes out of town for the holiday. Apparently to vacation homes or to visit family.
Plenty of tourists remain in the city however and all the interesting sites are open and busy.
The city of Stockholm is comprised of fourteen islands with Lake Mälaren on one side flowing into the Baltic Sea. We are renting an apartment on the fifth floor of an old building in the Södermalm section of the city. From our window we can see the harbor with ferries criss-crossing to other sections of the city.
Even without Midsummer celebrations, there is a lot happening. There are over 100 museums, enough to keep visitors busy for months. Daylight lingers late into the night, it never gets completely dark. Last night we looked out to see a balloon drifting past a tower just a couple of blocks from the apartment.