STOCKHOLM, December 7, 2012 – With the growth of international air service, off-season travel is becoming increasingly popular and, believe it or not, Sweden has much to offer during the winter.
December 10th is the day when
For the first 29 years of the Nobel ceremonies the banquet took place in the Hall of Mirrors at the Grand Hotel in
Each Nobel Banquet has a theme which is represented by the decorations and the entertainment during the evening’s festivities. Some 23,000 flowers consisting of lilies, orchids, gladioli and roses, are grown especially for the occasion and flown in from the Italian Riviera in
As one might expect, the menus for the festivities are a highlight, but the selection process is almost as revered as the Nobel prizes themselves. Three chefs with international credentials are selected to compete by submitting menus for tasting and testing each September.
There is more to the process than simply designing a culinary feast for the Nobel laureates however. Though distinctly Scandinavian, the menus must be designed to accommodate the various cultural and religious considerations of the select guests at the banquet.
Once chosen, the menu remains a secret until the actual day of the feast.
But here is the hook for traveler’s visiting
With a little advance notice,
NOBEL BANQUET MENU (1980)
Saumon fumé aux épinards
Filet de renne aux chanterelles
Sauce Akvavit, pommes lyonnaise
Salade et gelée
Parfait Glace Nobel
G. H. Mumm Cordon Rouge, Brut
Château Landreau 1976
Eau minérale Ramlösa
Long John Whisky
Bols Silver Top Dry Gin
Visitors who participate in this rare dining experience receive a certificate featuring their names and the designation of the Nobel menu they selected.
Another tradition which has been observed throughout the years in
At the same time, everyone sings a familiar traditional melody from
A second metaphorical meaning of the candles is highlighted by Santa Lucia’s victory over darkness.
In the early 19th century it became a Swedish tradition for the oldest daughter to awaken her parents on the morning of the Lucia with coffee and
Today many cities throughout
Over the decades the Lucia has become a favorite occasion. Many universities hold large formal dinner parties for students to celebrate together before returning to their families for Christmas.
In many ways the Lucia represents a simpler time as a celebration of the re-birth of light. It is not difficult to see why such an event would become so popular during the Christmas season in a land where the short days of winter are filled with darkness.
The experiences of a sumptuous banquet and the moving local tradition of the Lucia are truly a Nobel Prize for travelers to
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- Nobel Prize Banquet/2005
- Tower Museum / Holger.Ellgaard
- Looking North East over Stockholm / Holger.Ellgaard
- The bells at City Hall / Holger.Ellgaard
- Stockholms stadshus, Rådssalen / Holger.Ellgaard
- Stockholms Stadshus mit Blick zum Riddarfjärden, Torbögen im Innenhof / Holger.Ellgaard
- Stockholm City Hall, seen from the south, across Riddarfjärden / Arild Vågen
- Stockholms stadshus, Blå hallen / Holger.Ellgaard
- Children re enacting the story of St. Lucia
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