July 4, 2010

Skokloster Castle

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:55 pm by Costume Girl

Sunday, July 04, 2010

I made it back to Uppsala!  Huzzah!  I caught the 11:00 PM bus out of Oslo to Stockholm, and arrived in Stockholm at 5:45 this morning.  I then caught the 7:11 train to Uppsala, and made it to my apartment at 8:00.  E-mailing the people who wondered if I get back and a good shower were the next things on the list, and it was off to Skokloster Castle!

We took the boat from Uppsala to Skokloster, a ride that took about an hour and a half.  We sat on the top deck the whole way there and back, so I got sunburned!  Whoo-hoo!!!  (Actually, I’m honestly not in pain.  It’s a very minor burn, and is already turning to a good tan.)

Bright Sun and a Blue Lake

Bright Sun and a Blue Lake

Once at the castle, we went on the English tour of the castle.  It was quite amazing.  Skokloster was built in the early 1600’s by a very rich nobleman, who tried to style himself a miniature king in Sweden.  Everything was very fancy, and almost overdone.

The Exterior:

Pretty Castle

Pretty Castle

Interior:

The Upstairs Hall

The Upstairs Hall

Incomplete Ball Room

Incomplete Ball Room

Guest Bedroom:

This was a sunny yellow and blue room, but dark to keep things from fading,  Oh well.

This was a sunny yellow and blue room, but dark to keep things from fading. Oh well.

Cannon!

The Tradition Continues. . .

The Tradition Continues. . .

Weapons!

Wheel Lock Muzzleloaders.

Wheel Lock Muzzleloaders.

A Nine-Barreled Rifle. . .  Weighs 62 Pounds.  You Know You Want One.

A Nine-Barreled Rifle. . . Weighs 62 Pounds. You Know You Want One.

After the castle, we took the boat back to Uppsala almost immediately, and just enjoyed the beautiful weather.  The boat captain heard there were Americans on board, so he played “God Bless America” on the loudspeakers for us, and we sang along.  Once in Uppsala, Uta, Gustavo, Luke, and I bought ice cream at a little shop on the school street, and after hanging out a short while, we went on our separate ways, mostly to do homework.

It was good to come back to my apartment and hang out and unwind after my adventures this weekend!

Until tomorrow!

-Kelsey

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