The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities

DSCN7968Sometimes you don’t even have to leave the country in order to travel and see the world. You can still get your cultural fill by visiting small and slightly obscure museums such as this, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, Sweden.

DSCN7975Although small, the museum displays antiquities from Egypt, Cyprus as well as Greece and Rome. In order to take full advantage of what the museum has to offer, I suggest viewing the collection in combination with a tasty light lunch at their Bagdad Café. The interiors are simple but their feta cheese, aubergine salad with olives and pine nuts is absolutely amazing.

DSCN7971I certainly wouldn’t mind bringing a few of the beautiful white marble statues from the collection home with me. Imagine the stunning interiors and baroque garden that could be created with such additions.

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Uppsala Botanical Garden

DSCN7526When the weather is as gorgeous as this, there’s nothing quite as nice as taking advantage of it by being outdoors. Therefore, I chose to spend my day in the beautiful Uppsala Botanical Garden exploring the park, orangery and tropical greenhouse.

Uppsala Botaniska Trädgård, Uppsala Botanical Garden

DSCN7550The botanical garden also offered a very flattering vantage point for viewing the 16th-century royal castle.

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DSC_0120Apart from exotic plants and beautiful landscapes there was also a series of stunning photographs on exhibit that took its inspiration from plants such as linnaea or linnéa.

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Uppsala Botaniska Trädgård, Uppsala Botanical GardenIn the orangery there was an art exhibition by artist Ulla Viotti entitled brick garden and also a terrific cacti house that made me want add a few cacti to my otherwise only orchid collection.

Uppsala Tegel - Trädgård, Uppsala Brick Garden

Ulla Viotti’s brick garden.

DSCN7587The cacti house.

DSCN7593The cacti.

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Discovering Uppsala City

DSCN7284It’s been a new experience discovering Uppsala, Sweden with its many historic buildings such as Uppsala Cathedral which dates back to the late 13th century, Uppsala Castle from the 16th century, Uppsala University which was founded in 1477, and one of Uppsala University’s renowned scholars Carolus Linnaeus’s garden and house.

Uppsala Architecture

DSCN7230Uppsala Castle

Uppsala SwedenAlthough I’ve been extremely busy with the apartment renovation and interior design project that I’m currently working on, I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit of time to explore my surroundings. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve found so far.

Uppsala City

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An Evening with Christopher O’Regan

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DSCN7994Had a phenomenal Saturday evening at Drottningholm Palace with Christopher O’Regan and the dazzling actor Johan Rabaeus who’ll play the character Salieri in the upcoming play Amadeus at The Royal Dramatic Theatre, (Dramaten).

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DSCN8008The evening was a triumphant success with a mix of theatrical readings by the talented Johan Rabaeus, then Christopher O’Regan narrating the audience through the good and the bad of life during the late 1700s with classical interludes performed by a small ensemble playing music by Mozart, Kraus, Roman and more.

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DSC_0184Picked up a signed copy of Christopher O’Regan’s book En Bädd av Dun, Livet Vid Gustaf III:s Hov (A Bed of Down, Life At Gustaf III’s Court) which I can’t wait to begin reading.

DSC_0187Then, an after party in the company of Johan Rabaeus. Splendid!

Uppsala Cathedral

DSCN7411Stepped inside the grandiose Uppsala Cathedral which dates back to the late 13th century to discover what intricacies lay within.

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Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala Domkyrka

The highly decorated ceiling, walls, stained glass windows, and tombs must have been arduous work and unbelievably time consuming to create but it’s so amazing to see in entirety.

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Uppsala Cathedral, Uppsala Domkyrka

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The Linnaeus Garden

DSCN7296I hopped on a jet plane with the plan of landing in Sweden but instead it seems I’ve ended up in the 1700s. What a treat! The beautiful Linnaeus Garden (Linnéträdgården) in Uppsala played host to a fabulous event, a 1700s fair with authentic food, music, and interesting lectures.

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DSCN7318Unfortunately I left my white, high, curly 1700s wig in Tokyo but that didn’t stop others from getting dressed up in terrific costumes.

DSCN7349The garden laid out in the French Style, is a reconstruction of what the garden would have looked like following Linnaeus’ and Carl Hårleman’s design from 1745.

Linnéträdgården

DSCN7320One of the lectures included recipes, advice and food from the 1700s that was highly effective in painting a picture of what life might have been like at the time and let me tell you it was far less glamorous than the Marie Antoinette lifestyle I had envisioned and hoped for.

DSCN7321I also have to share the amazing Swedish program entitled Historieätarna (which roughly translates to the history eaters) where a pair of brave and highly entertaining individuals live, eat, dress and drink their way through different eras authentically. I highly recommend watching episode 5 of 6: Frihetstiden but bear in mind that the program is entirely in Swedish.

Up in the Air

Hej då Sverige! It time to say goodbye to Stockholm as I’m now heading back over to Tokyo. But before reaching my final destination, I’ll be making a quick pit stop in Copenhagen, Denmark to enjoy the city. What to you think of the view from the Scandinavian Airlines’ bathroom?