Thursday, 29 September 2022

Autumn home improvement projects



Autumn home improvement projects

Autumn is one of my favourite times of the year – the air is no longer that horrible muggy warmth of summer, meaning you can actually get a good night’s sleep without having to open all the windows and keep the fan on all night. The perfect balance of seasons. Not to mention how beautiful autumn is, how could you not like it? The changing colours, the pumpkin-spiced everything and the warmer clothes, it’s simply fantastic.

This year, Autumn is also synonymous with home improvement projects. Why? You might ask. Why not? That’s the right question to ask. I recently noticed some small bits around my house that needed some TLC, so I thought of checking if there was anything else I should do to prepare my house for the colder months. After some browsing, I put together a list of the essential home improvement projects for autumn. So, if you’re looking for something to keep you busy, give some of these a go!



Give radiators some attention.

With the temperatures dropping, the thought of using your radiators will be at the forefront of your mind but have you had a look at your radiators since last year? Are they working as they should? Are they looking their best? After all, your radiators are part of your house and, as they are completely visible, they should look as good as possible.

From bleeding radiators to re-painting radiators, there are key things (and aesthetic things!) that can be done to make radiators work and look as they should. Hammerite is a great metal paint that can be used to paint radiators. You can purchase this paint at Kent Blaxill or various other decorating centres and/or websites. For radiators in awkward places, I’d recommend spray metal paint – it will do wonders in tight and difficult to reach spaces.



As She Might Be Loved explains, “Whilst large spray paint cans and paint sprayer are ideal for larger surfaces, such as fences, smaller spray cans are suitable for harder to reach surfaces and small surfaces, such as chairs and bed frames.”

Paint front door.

Let’s face it – the front door is the first thing your family and friends (and the mailman!) see when they visit your home. Do you want them to feel welcome? Do you want them to have a good impression of your home? You can even ask these questions to yourself. Do YOU want to feel welcome when you see your home’s entrance? If your home’s entrance is looking a bit outdated or dull, maybe it’s time for a new lick of paint.



Forbes mentions that a newly painted front door will also stand out from your neighbours’ doors. Plus, highlight that autumn is the perfect time to paint it. “A freshly painted front door helps your home stand out from the block, and it can be finished in less than an afternoon. Fall is usually the perfect time for this activity; just pick that afternoon wisely.”

Seal windows and doors.

Breezy, cold draughts are something you don’t want to experience at home when the weather starts cooling down. So, walk around your house and double-check any windows and doors for unwanted gaps. If you found any holes that might be letting cold air in and warm air out, it’s time to seal them.

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Ways of using garden stones in your garden



Ways of using garden stones in your garden

Looking for ways to spruce up your garden with elements that will look stunning all year round? Maybe you’ve been specifically searching for ways to use rocks in your garden. Whether you are simply looking for ideas or know (almost) exactly what you want, I might be able to help.

For me, my garden (and the overall outdoor space!) has always been my favourite part of the house. If I could spend all my time outside, I would. Unfortunately, the weather prohibits it. However, no matter if I can be outdoors or not, I still enjoy being able to look at a beautiful outdoor space which I spent so much time and energy perfecting.



Garden stones are a fantastic way of decorating an outdoor space and a big part of my outdoors. Stones look good throughout all seasons, come in all sizes, colours and types, plus, require little to no maintenance. As this article on Gardening Etc mentions, “Whether you choose pebbles, gravel or something a little larger, they'll bring texture and visual interest to all manner of features.”

Stones are truly fantastic. To give you some inspiration, I decided to choose some of the top ways of using garden stones in your garden. So, whether you want to change up the look of your outdoors or simply add a new feature – why not use decorative stones?

Where to buy garden stones?

First and foremost, let’s go through where to purchase good quality stones. There are a hundred and one websites and physical stores where you can buy stones, also called aggregates. However, it’s important to choose a reliable business that will offer you a good quality product.

For instance, Mainland Aggregates are a local UK family-run business where I have purchased a variety of decorative aggregates, including pebbles and slate chippings. But don’t just take a positive review from me, Mainland Aggregates has 4.8 Feefo rating, with over 1000 reviews.

I’d recommend looking for local businesses and always checking business reviews to see what others are saying about their products and service.

Ways to use garden stones.

Garden paths.

An easy way to integrate aggregates into an outdoor space is to create a garden path and/or footpath. As Rice Cakes and Raisins comments, “aggregates are the most popular (or at least the most common) way of defining garden paths and footpaths.” This mostly includes gravel paths, which can be used with a variety of types of gravel, including decorative gravel and self-binding gravel, depending on the look you want to go for.



Patio pebble mosaics.

Looking for a relaxing outdoor project? Pebble mosaics are a lovely way to enhance the look of any patio. This is a project that is not for those looking for a quick and easy spruce up. Pebble mosaics take time and effort. However, the final result will be worth it! The best thing about pebble mosaics is that you can create any design you want, so let your creativity run wild!

To get an idea of how to create a pebble mosaic, follow this easy-to-follow guide on This Old House. They explain everything you need to know from start to finish, from the tools and products needed to step-by-step instructions on how to create a beautiful pebble mosaic.

Water features.

Have you always wanted to have a beautiful and peaceful water feature in your outdoor space? Do it. Water features are eye-catching features that will make any garden space look that bit more special. You might think that a water feature will be an expensive addition to your garden. Think again. Discover affordable water fountain ideas at Country Living. They have put together a list of 17 DIY water features that can be done without breaking the bank!



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Fixings 101: screws, bolts, nails and nuts



Fixings 101: screws, bolts, nails and nuts

Even though fixings aren’t the most elegant of things, they are extremely important to our day-to-day. Fixings are everywhere, being an integral part of the foundation of most structures and/or furniture. Desks, chairs, doors, cars, buildings… you name it. No matter the type of structure, it will most likely have screws, nails, bolts and nuts. 



To give these little details some big attention, I’ve decided to dedicate an article talking about the ins and outs of fixings and fasteners. The best part about this article is that I’m not alone! Today, I’ve decided to speak to the experts and get some professional insight into these small details that make up 99% (not an accurate figure, just me saying it) of our life.

Who are the experts?

I spoke to Speedy Fixings, UK-based supplier to civil engineering, construction and similar industries. Speedy Fixings have been providing consumers and companies with products since 1999. Plus, besides their “on the shelf” products, they also manufacture bespoke products to order, including custom-made shims and bespoke post supports.



Types of fixings.

Nails.

Even though it is unknown exactly when nails were first invented, it is safe to assume that nails are the first type of fastener ever used. The first nails were forged using hammers and made out of copper and iron. As Tidy Away Today comments “Nails are one of the most used types of fasteners and have been used for centuries. Archaeological evidence shows that these fixings were used in Ancient Egypt around 3,400 B.C and since then, little has changed about their design.”

Nails are no longer made one by one using a hammer. Today, thousands of nails are made per minute by machines. These fasteners are now more readily available than have ever been and continue to be a popular fastener choice for many projects.

Screws.

Screws are similar in size, shape and function to nails. However, unlike nails, screws have ridges along the body to grip screw holes or create their own threaded hole. There are various types of screws, from common screws, including plasterboard screws and wood screws, to specialised screws, such as coach screws and double-ended screws. Each type of screw is suitable for specific materials. As this article on The Spruce mentions, “Screws can be used in a variety of materials, like concrete, brick, or metal, though they are most commonly seen in wood, drywall, and machinery.”

Bolts.

Bolts have a threaded body similar to a screw. However, these have a smooth end unlike screws, which have a body that becomes narrower from the tip to the head. Lucha Libre explains “bolts are non-tapered fasteners that require nuts and washers to be secured to a surface.” There are a variety of bolts available, from coach bolts and concrete bolts to more unique bolts, such as U bolts. If you need help choosing the right bolt for your project, I’d recommend speaking to a professional.

Nuts.

Nuts are most commonly hexagonal shaped fasteners made of metal and are used alongside bolts to fasten objects and/or surfaces together. Different types of nuts are used for a variety of applications, from nyloc nuts that feature a nylon insert, preventing components from loosening, to securely nuts that prevent materials and objects from being tampered with.



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Why I love knurled handles



Why I love knurled handles

It wasn’t until recently that I started seeing knurled handles everywhere – kitchen cabinets, doors, drawers… you name it. I quickly fell in love with these beautifully detailed handles and have been dreaming about adding these all over the house. I mean… can you blame me? These stunning handles are much more than standard handles, they are elegant, unique and sleek handles that perfectly balance aesthetics and function.

Maybe you’ve never seen these handles. Maybe you don’t feel so strongly about them as I do. That’s fine. Everyone is allowed to like different things, but right now, knurled handles are taking over my thoughts. So, I felt like talking about them. The question now is… why do I like these so much?

Just have a look for yourself. After quickly browsing Ironmongery Experts, I found a variety of UK brands that make stunning knurled handles. From matte black knurled lever handles by Frelan Hardware to satin brass knurled knobs by Carlisle Brass – the choices are endless!



1.   Modern design

Knurled handles are a great choice for any contemporary property looking for modern and elegant handles. Plus, you can use these anywhere in your home, from your kitchen and living room to your bedroom and office. No matter the space, these will fit right in.

2.   Unique look

These handles feature a diamond-patterned texture with vertical and horizontal or crossing lines on the surface of the door handle. Not only does this give the handle a one-of-a-kind look but also, due to its design, it offers extra grip and, thus prevents hand slippage.

3.   Add texture

Did you know that texture is one of the most important elements of interior design? As this article on Luxury Lifestyle Magazine states, “texture can elevate a space and add a sense of depth, weight and tone to a room”. Texture can be added everywhere and anywhere in a space, from walls to floors and even on doors, such as textured door handles. Knurled handles are great at adding small texture details in your home.

Even though knurled handles are my favourite, door handles, in general, are fantastic and don’t have to be a boring addition to a room. As Dungarees and Donuts says “Door handles come in a variety of styles, finishes and designs, so there will always be something to suit your interiors. So, stop looking at door handles as simply functional methods of opening and closing your kitchen cabinets.”


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What is a pergola sliding roof?

 


What is a pergola sliding roof?

When it comes to outdoor shading structures, there are countless options to choose from. Whether you are looking for a parasol umbrella, a pergola or something more unique, you are bound to find a shade to suit you. I recently started looking into these structures a little more, hoping to find something for the last few remaining sunny days and that would also carry me through to the autumn (and winter for that case!). That’s when I discovered a pergola with sliding roof.


Tell me more about pergolas with sliding roofs

A pergola sliding roof, also known as a retractable roof pergola, is a structure with a roof that “can tilt to provide shade when desired or let in those rare beams of sun” as  Emma Plus Three describes it. This means that you can relax outside no matter the weather, enjoying that fresh air all year round. Traditional pergolas can be said to provide “quick shade fixes”, ideal “if you like the look and feel of being undercover” as Ideal Home puts it, but they do not offer the same protection that a retractable roof can. In particular, pergola sliding roofs by Designer Shade Solutions Ireland provide year-round comfort and protection like no other pergola I’ve seen before!

What is special about Designer Shade Solutions?

Now you may be thinking... what makes Designer Shade Solution’s pergolas so special? Well, other than the obvious protection from the elements, these structures have other benefits too! Let’s Fix It enlightened me in a recent blog post that these pergolas can be customised “with side glass screens, heating and lighting to create the ultimate outdoor retreat”. So, if like me, you were looking for a structure to take you into autumn and winter, why not add some heating to your pergola system and begin relaxing, even in the snow! Let’s Fix It also goes on to add that “further customisation or bespoke design is available upon request”, so if you have a specific idea in mind, I’d recommend getting in touch.


Entertain with your retractable roof

Clearly, a retractable roof pergola is an excellent solution to year-round shading. They offer advantages that a traditional pergola could only dream of and truly create an element of bliss in your outdoor space. Pergolas with sliding roofs also make an excellent entertainment space; whether you want to host a BBQ, alfresco dinner or just some relaxing drinks, this structure gives you the perfect reason to start organising!

So, will you be installing a pergola sliding roof outside your property? I know I will as soon as summer is here

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Thursday, 18 August 2022

PAJ Easy Finder 4G


I travel a lot and it's really important to ensure that my luggage is safe and reaches its destination. I was thinking how I could do this? I looked at various options and that is when I came across the idea of purchasing a tracking device. After much research I came across the PAJ Easy Finder 4G tracker. 


What is the PAJ Easy Finder 4G tracker?

The PAJ Easy finder is a new generation of GPS trackers with 4G coverage. It is suitable for vehicles, people, valuables and luggage. It is compact and small enough to fit into a pocket. The tracker comes with a charging cradle, M2M SIM, USB power outlet adapter and a leather pouch for storage. 


How easy is it to set up the PAJ Easy Finder 4G Tracker?

After unboxing the tracker and before the first use it requires to be charged for 8-12 hours. 

Next down load the PAJ app alternatively you can use the desk top version if desired.

Log into the start.finder-portal.com and purchase a subscription, Next activate the device.


How does the PAJ Easy Finder work?

The Paj Easy Finder works with a sim card on a 4G or 2G network or a mixture of both. It is able to live track any item and provides instant alerts. The tracker provides live tracking in over 100 countries. The tracker has a 14 days battery life, however the more the tracker is moved and it will send more alerts using up more battery life so it may not last the full 14 days. It also has standby mode.

It provides:

Motion / vibration alarm

Alarm notification as soon as the GPS tracker is shaken or moved.

SOS alarm

Alarm message as soon as the SOS button is pressed.

Radius alarm

Alarm message as soon as the GPS tracker leaves the specified radius.

Speed alarm

Alarm notification as soon as the GPS tracker exceeds a certain speed.

Battery alarm

Alarm message as soon as the battery level is low.



I used the PAJ Easy Finder tracker in my suitcase on a recent trip to Portugal, it gave me the reassurance that I was able to track my suitcase every step of the way with alerts.  


Once the tracker was set up, all that was required was to place the Paj tracker that was fully charged in my suitcase amongst my clothes. I found it easy to set up and use. It provided all the information I required about my bag.




The tracker offers many functions, some more complicated than others which enables you to obtain highly detailed reports about the item you are tracking through live maps, distance, range finder and past history. 

What is the total cost of the PAJ Easy Finder 4G tracker?

The tracker can be bought from Amazon and there are different types available for tracking various things. My main use for this tracker was for travel. The Paj Easy Finder 4G Tracker that I had was  £48.99 plus £5.00 for 1 month Subscription. There are various different models available that are priced according to the model and facilities they offer.

  • The tracker was very useful as it sent me shock alerts notifications promptly and accurately.
  • I was able to track device live on a map showing route information. This was useful as we had a wedding dress in our suitcase and we had peace of mind knowing where the suitcase was every step of the way.
  • The two week battery life was useful as it lasted the duration of our holiday.
  • The instructions were unclear regarding leaving the tracker on in the aeroplane hold, however a call to the customer services cleared this and they said it was OK. I was told that the new manuals will be updated with this missing info.
  • There were various options for the subscription purchase to suit your needs such as monthly, quarterly or annually. 
  • My device did not send me a low battery notification although the instructions says it should. A call to the customer services soon resolved this small glitch.

Overall the tracker served it's purpose well, the customer support was good and efficient. I will continue to use it on my travels as I found it useful.The tracker was gifted to me and all the points raised in this post are of my personal experience using it.

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The best thing I bought this summer - a retractable pergola

 


Today’s blog post is one I have been dying to write about for a while now. I often like to share with my friends and family things that I have recently purchased, giving my own mini-review and recommendations. Well, let me tell you, my friends and family have definitely heard me go on about this product for a while now and some of them have even got their own thanks to me! What is this mystery item I hear you ask? Designer Shade Solutions retractable roof pergola that’s what! I am going to tell you everything you need to know about these amazing shading structures and hopefully have you hopping on the trend too.

So, what are retractable roof pergolas?

The best place to start is probably with this question... what are retractable roof pergolas? To put it simply, retractable roofs or louvre roofs as they are also known, are pergolas with a roof that can tilt to create shade, open to maximise sunlight or shut to protect from heavy showers. This means that these “modern pergolas truly allow you to be outside more (and protect you from the elements)” as mentioned by Dork Face in a recent blog. Since having my own retractable pergola roof I have experienced a range of different weather conditions and I can confidently say not one has stopped me from enjoying my beautiful garden space.



What if my garden isn’t big enough?

This next question is one I’ve commonly heard whenever I’ve told anyone about my retractable pergola. Thankfully, there’s an answer to this! Designer Shade Solutions “offer an entirely bespoke experience” as said by Life on the Lock, so they can create the perfect pergola to suit your criteria. For example, when installing my pergola, I chose to have it as a stand-alone piece in my garden, but you can alternatively attach your retractable roof to your property as an extension or have it custom built to your desire. Not only this, but I also added heating to my pergola so that I can continue to enjoy it even in the winter. Who knows maybe I’ll spend Christmas morning relaxing there!



The best investment option

My final persuasion point on these structures is the excellent investment option that they offer. Moving and Improving admits that  “a pergola on its own is more likely to provide broken shade than full shade coverage”, not to mention the lack of protection they offer against wind and rain. Retractable roofs are clearly worth the investment in this sense as they offer practicality as well as visual appeal, unlike traditional pergolas. They can even help to increase your property value too so, what are you waiting for?

What do you think?

So, there you have it, a retractable roof pergola - the best thing I bought this summer (and maybe even this year). Will you be contacting Designer Shade Solutions for your bespoke structure? Get your garden ready for the colder months and hold on to those warmer days spent outdoors for a little longer.


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Monday, 18 July 2022

Stockholm in three days Part 3- Stockholm City Library


Stockholm is a very beautiful city and full of history, If you like city breaks this place is a must visit. You can easily cover all the sites over three days and if you haven't read my Stockholm day 1 and Stockholm day 2, I highly recommend you check these posts out . I have covered how you can stay on a budget and explore the city without breaking the bank.

On our third and last day in Stockholm we had half a day to explore the city before making our way to the airport for our late afternoon flight. After breakfast we packed and checked out of out hostel. We were able to store our luggage at the hostel as we set off to explore more of Stockholm. 


Our first stop was the Observatorielunden a park very close to Drottninggatan. It is set upon the hill top, with an observatory that dates back to 1700 century. there is a cafeteria and ample seating so you can enjoy the calmness only a stones throw from the city centre. 


Not far from the Observatorielunden, only a short walk away is the famous Stockholm Central public library. You will wonder what is so special about it? 


The Stockholm Public Library was created by Gunnar Asplund. He was a world-famous architect and he designed this beautiful library, the design is called a Swedish Grace. 


The spiraling book shelves on several floors house thousands of literature. Just walking around these corridors and feeling the books is an experience in its self.


After the library we walked into town and stumbled across a flea market. We obviously had to stop and take a look.Those of you who know me I have prop obsession as I also write a food blog so the Flea market was a good find. I found some pretty vintage spoons to bring home.


All the sight seeing and walking makes you hungry. It was time for another fika, Swedish coffee and cake stop but we were very tempted by the amazing pancakes at Choijs Pancakes We gave in and ordered two pancakes. Greedily as we ploughed through them we had to admit defeat as neither of us could manage to finish our plates.

After a final look in the shops we had to collect our luggage and make way to the airport for our flight home. If we had had more time we would have loved to visit Vasa Museum, set up from the only 17th century ship that was salvaged. You can visit this museum together with entrance to the Vrak a museum about wrecks. For the ABBA fans, a visit to the ABBA Museum is a must and of course for those who like  photography the  the museum of Fotografiska, photography museum is another one not to miss. It is set in the custom house showcasing contemporary art.

Our three day city break to Stockholm was really enjoyable.There were many things we would have liked to do and places to visit which we hope we can do next time we go to Stockholm.

If you are planning on visiting Stockholm do check out all three posts below and also the vlogs about our trip.


Check out my Stockholm Day 1 and Stockholm day 2 and our vlogs below:

Stockholm in Three Days part 1

Stockholm in Three Days part 2

Vlogs 

Stockholm Day 1


Stockholm Day 2


Stockholm Day 3



Top tips for installing a garden fence




Finally in the UK we are getting some warm sunshine. It is the perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors in the garden. Vitamin D is really good for your health, body and mind. We love dining out doors and relish every opportunity to spend time in our garden. That's why its important to ensure that our garden is clean and tidy and well kept and that we have privacy too.



A home’s boundaries are an important thing to have to separate your space from your
neighbours, as well as creating a strong sense of security. While a hedge seems attractive
and a good solution, they can take up to several years to grow. A stone wall can also be a
good choice to surround your home, although it can become quite costly. Fence posts tend
to be the go-to solution as they can be found at affordable prices and installed in a matter of
days. Here are some tips on how to install a garden fence.

1. The first thing to scan the area that you’d like to install the fence in. Check for
anything that could be damaged whilst installing and figure out if you’ll need to
access someone else’s property to get the job done. There is no right or wrong time
to do it but avoiding very hot, cold or wet conditions are best.

2. Figure out the materials you may need to get the fence up securely. These could be
from tape measures, screws, drills, hammers, fence panels to even cement mix. Do a
good amount of research so you can get the work done quick.




3. Remove any rocks, plants or debris from the area you’re going to be installing the
fence in to ensure it sits well in the ground. Mark down an area with string to ensure
your fence is straight and not wonky which won’t be pleasant to the eye.

4. Dig holes deep enough to hold your fence up strong and follow that by marking out
positions and creating holes for the remaining fences.

5. Consider a gravel board to allow water to flow away instead of being soaked up by
the wood before lowering your fence into place. You may need assistance for this
part.

6. Secure your fence well and consider applying a protective paint to the fence to
ensure it stays in better condition for a longer period of time.



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Sunday, 17 July 2022

The benefits of piling foundations for your property


Photo by Tierra Mallorca on Unsplash

We have been recently searching for a new property but the property prices are really high for what we want. We have started to look at other options such as moving out of London to the suburbs as property is cheaper and also purchasing a smaller property that has ample land with a scope to extend. This option was recommended to us by our estate agent and we are seriously looking into it as it means we can initially move into a smaller property and when we can afford it we have the opportunity to extend. 

We thought this was an option to consider.  The agent gave us some information and details about property extensions and this is when we discovered about piling foundations.



What are Piles Foundation?

Piles foundations are long poles made from wood, concrete or steel. The art of piling dates back centuries when these poles were placed under homes to build a sturdy foundation. With the need for more housing becoming a bigger issue and the lack of strong land to build them on, piling foundations is becoming well needed. Here are some reasons why piling foundations for your property may be beneficial.

Why Use Piles Foundation?

Homes tend to be heavy and in consistent use. Many find a home and choose to live in them for a relatively long period of time which means having a home with a strong foundation is a necessity. Piling allows a high weight capacity and can allow foundations to hold extremely heavy buildings easily. Pilings are generally installed by professionals and are specified so that won’t be a concern. 

Many areas of land that could be homes to new buildings are made up of weak soil which doesn’t allow work to take place. However, with ground investigation being done, it can be determined what is needed to help this. Piling tends to be a great way to transform weak soil to be able to hold strong and weighted buildings.

They are a good way to create a neat piece of work as pile foundations are built deep in the ground and are not visible later on. Best of all, piling can be done anywhere, especially in areas that can’t really be drilled, which is why they are becoming a common method for building strong foundations. 

How easy is to Install Piling Foundation?

They can also be installed in any area in long lengths. This is great for someone who would potentially look at creating a new home from scratch in an area that may be difficult to build on. Lastly, the sizing for piling is pre-made in factories which make construction much faster and easier. 

We are happy to have learnt about this option and will definitely consider it as our property search continues.

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Thursday, 14 July 2022

Stockholm in three days Part 2- Stock Old Town and Gamla Stan


In my previous post you read all about my first day in Stockholm, the journey from the airport, checking in to our hostel and a tour of the hostel. Today I am going to share what we did on day two of our three day trip to Stockholm.

The hostel beds were really comfy and after a good nights sleep we were ready for an early start on our second day in Stockholm. We enjoyed a simple breakfast of cereals, fruits and tea after which we took a short leisurely walk from our hostel which is very conveniently located near the bus station to the old town. We had booked two walking tours with Nordic Freedom Walking Tours. The tours are approximately two hours long and are free to book, all they ask for is a donation at the end so that they can fund more tours for the tourists. The guides conduct the tours in several languages. This is a very inexpensive way to see Stockholm and take in some history if you are travelling on a budget.


We arrived at the meeting point for our first tour of Stockholm city. Our first stop was The House of Nobility. It is a corporation and a building that maintains records and acts as an interest group on behalf of the Swedish nobility. We walked past the The Parliament House, the Riksdag. It is located on nearly half of Helgeandsholmen, in the Gamla Stan district of central Stockholm. 


We also visited The Royal Palace of Stockholm, it is His Majesty The King's official residence and is also the setting for most of the monarchy's official receptions, open to the public year round. You can purchase tickets to view the inside. The palace has many interesting things to see. In addition to the Royal Apartments there are three museums: the Treasury with the regalia, the Tre Kronor Museum  and Gustav III's Museum of Antiquities.


During the walk, it was interesting to hear the guide narrate the story of Margaret Krook a well known artist, whose Statue is erected on the corner of the Royal Dramatic Theater at Nybroplan. There is a heated coil that runs through her body as she always insisted that statues are cold and she did not want a statue of hers that was cold, hence the heated coil was run through the statue erected in her memory after her death.

 


After our tour we were famished so we found a vegetarian/vegan restaurant called Hermitage. The cafeteria style restaurant offers a buffet system and the choice and variety of food was amazing. I would highly recommend it if you visit Stockholm. 

After a really delicious and filling lunch we decided to check out the shops. Most are Swedish style, very clean very modern and European. Sweden is not cheap so we limited our shopping to a few souvenirs only. 


After our lunch we joined our second walking tour of the old town Gamla Stan, the original city center. It is made up of Stadsholmen island and the islets of Riddarholmen, Helgeandsholmen and Strömsborg. The old town is packed with cafés, restaurants, tourist shops, studios, galleries and museums, including the Nobel Prize Museum and the Post Museum.


This walking tour was really enjoyable as there were lots of cobbled streets and very picturesque buildings. We walked down Swedens narrowest street Marten Trotzigs. They say that if you walk along it with your arms extended touching the walls on the right and the left and make a wish it is going to become real. 


We finished our walking tour at Stortorget public square. We enjoyed taking photos of Schantzska House and Seyfridtzska House the famous coloured buildings.



After our walking tour, we enjoyed a Fika which is very common in Sweden where you stop for a coffee and cake and enjoy a chat with your friends and watch the world go by.

Our walking tours in Stockholm were most enjoyable but also very tiring. After some relaxing back at out hostel we went out for an enjoyable dinner at Indian restaurant Saffran. Another good find so I would highly recommend a visit there is you visit Stockholm.


In the Next blog I will cover our Day three. Watch this space. If you missed my Stockholm day 1 you can read it here:

Stockholm in Three Days part 1

You can check out our vlogs here:


Sweden Stockholm Day 2: 

Stockholm City Tour for Free of the Old Town and Gamla Stan!