Ryanair is a very cheap way to travel! The drawbacks, however, are:
** The airports are obscure, a ways from the big cities, and sometimes difficult to get to.
** The flight is cheap, but if you have luggage, IT"S EXPENSIVE! 17 lbs. is the limit for your carry on.
** CROWDED! Lines! Mean workers! NOT FUN!!
I got a 4:00 a.m. shuttle from the hotel and went right to the airport in 8 minutes. I arrived to LONG lines for everything and the hardest security EVER! I have replaced hips, so I always set off the alarms. The guard frisked me for 20 minutes and her wand kept beeping on every area of my body. It was CrAzy!
Then we waited in one big room. People were EVERYWHERE. Many were sleeping on the benches, so it was hard to find somewhere to sit. I finally did. They don't let you know which gate to go until the last minute, so you just wait and keep watching the board. When it's finally posted, you make a bee-line! If you don't get there 1/2 hour before boarding, they don't allow you on board. It was a L-O-N-G way to walk to this particular gate. Again - CrAZy! AND...if you don't get your ticket stamped with a special stamp (which they don't tell you about), you have to go all the way back to the first long line. Of course, I forgot (we did the same thing on our earlier European trip and luckily they let us through). SO...I happened to ask an attendant who happened to just be walking by to get some food. She was VERY nice and signed it for me.
|FINALLY boarding Ryanair at 6 a.m.|
|Two new cousins that I discovered meet Ingalil and I for lunch. They live close to Stockholm.|
|Most of us ordered a wonderful seafood salad.|
|Christopher and his grandmother, Ingalil are also my cousins.|
|Isn't she just strikingly gorgeous!|
Christopher does well with English, but hadn't spoke it since I came the last time - July of 2013. He enjoyed chaperoning us 4 ladies to lunch and more. ha!
|Paula, Ingalil, and Susanne, and I enjoy some laughs together!|
|A marketplace downtown Stockholm|
|One of the iconic sites along the sea that goes through Stockholm...the old City Hall|
|We really enjoyed our walk along the water....so beautiful!|
|It was a nice, sunny day!|
|Ingalil in the Inner Yard of the City Hall|
|The Swedes LOVE their SEA!|
|Ingalil and I pose in the warm sunshine.|
|So many great memories of our afternoon in Stockholm!|
|Another shot of the Stockholm Old City Hall|
|Beautiful hardwood floors and Swedish rugs everywhere.|
|Loving all her decor!|
|Her dining room - going into the kitchen|
|We had a very enjoyable meal together - thanks cousins!!|
|What a big steak! I only ate 1/2...potatoes with Béarnaise sauce - YUM!|