I have just returned from a fabulous week in Stockholm- caught up with lots of friends, walked a lot, went out on the Archipelago one day and visited a couple of my favourite restaurants and cafes to have the obiligatory kanelbulle (cinnamon bun) and räk smorgås (prawn sandwich)- in Sweden prawn sandwichs are piled high with prawns (not like the token shrimp one gets in the UK) cholesterol heaven. I also managed to fit in a glass of champagne with Toast Skagen- deliciously decadent.
Enough of food! A cultural highlight of the trip was a visit to Drottningholm Court Theatre to see Il Matrimonio Segreto by the eighteenth century composer, Domenico Cimarosa. Drottninghom theatre is a beautifully preserved Baroque theatre in the grounds of the palace on the island of Drottningholm, easily reachable by Stockholm by boat (the best approach). The theatre was the inspiration of Queen Louisa Ulrika and was cultivated by her son Gustav III, a major patron of the arts. The theatre fell into disuse after the death of Gustav III in 1792, but was revived again in when the perfectly intact sets and scenery were discovered by historian, Agne Beijer in 1921. These exquisite eighteenth century sets and stage mechanisms are still used in performances today and a visit to an opera at Drottningholm is akin to being transported back in time- a real cultural gem.