02.10.2012 10 °C
Stockholm is a beautiful city, but for various reasons known only to them, I didn't find it to be a particularly tourist friendly one (let alone pet friendly) which is a shame as this is Sweden's capital.
Anyway, the first whole day there I learnt about an island that is pretty much just all park, so headed there with Lexi for a long walk and when heading back towards the ferry walked past the Spirit Museum and noticed it had a coffee shop.The museum wouldn't let me in with Lexi because of their licensing laws (!) but the cafe welcomed us both with open arms, and their friendly faces were more than welcome so in we went. The manager was really helpful, giving me a list of coffee shops and restaurants across the city that he knew to be dog friendly, another customer came along and joined me as I had my second coffee and had also succumbed to the most enormous meringue you can imagine, complete with gooey soft centre that was like marshmallow .....simply delicious. Anyway, after putting the world to rights, we eventually said our goodbyes and Lexi and I set off to another island (Stockholm is made up of about 12 different islands.) This one is the old town and had cobbled narrow streets and resembles a mixture of Paris and Venice, but obviously much smaller. Sadly it is also a tourist trap and after an hour I left. Assisted by the lack of places that had outside seating and those that did, either still wouldn't allow Lexi or were bars and you guessed it, I just wanted a coffee.
I soon confirmed my initial thoughts that cities are not for travelling through with a dog, I felt like a pariah and a lonely one at that, give me a mountain to climb any day! Luckily I remembered that I had been given some dog friendly recommendations so off we went across the city to another island and indeed found a fabulous coffee shop that not only were happy to let Lexi lay by my feet, but did the most amazing food and drinks. I must confess I succumbed to a hot chocolate with my food and boy did they do it well :-)
The next day I decided to give up life as a tourist and just take the day off, so we went back to the parkland island and then the Spirit Museum for another coffee and a friendly face.
When Lexi was a puppy she was stung by a wasp and just recently seems to have remembered this and only last week when a wasp landed on her back, she came rushing to me literally trembling. So you can only imagine her reaction when yesterday, as we sauntered back from our walk, not only did she disturb a sleepy wasp, but it was in a really bad mood. It stung all over her head, with the bridge of her nose, her mouth, eyes, cheeks and mouth taking the brunt of it. The poor thing didn't know what to do with herself. Luckily we were reasonably close to the hotel so I hurried back to check on line that I could give her Piriton. By this time her face was starting to swell up like the elephant man and she was quite clearly in distress, I gave her a Piriton and then curled up on the rug with her, her head snuggled tight into me until the tablet kicked in and she eventually fell asleep. Well, I had wanted a quiet day :-)