Casual old town
Sometimes it´s just nice to take a shot that does´nt require any further explanations. This photo taken from the old town is one. One of my favourite places in Stockholm, atleast when there is´nt a lot of people around.
Gustav II Adolf
This statue may look a bit boring, but it depicts a important person in swedish history. More interesting though is the place where it stands...
But lets begin by telling who the fellow on the horseback is!
Gustav II Adolf was the king of Sweden from 1611 until 1632 when he died at the battle at Lützen, Germany, during the thirtyyear war.
You can read more about him (in english) at Wikipedia
He stands at the Gustav II Adolf square which is the "zero point" in Stockholm. All distances to Stockholm itself are measured from this square which, even if it is quite anonymous, makes it a very interesting place and point.
A bit behind on publishing pictures... This one is a bit unusual and dark. It´s, as you might have realized, the subwayrails. It´s not unusual for many of them to be lit in the way that this tunnel has been.
I would love to walk down a tunnel like this, sadly it´s stricly forbidden = )
Photo taken at Kungsträdgårdens subway by the way!
Being at the end of november, a dark and extremly boring month in Sweden, you get a bit of fresh energy at the end of the month.
Yes ladies and gents, it´s time for the christmas decorations! Santas, electrical lights, yes, the all come out the last week of november. At first in a pretty shy way as the above picture from fashionable biblioteksgatan tells (biblioteksgatan = the library street). Later it will explode in more decorations in the weeks running up to christmas.
You either hate them or love them. Does it have anything with age to do? I dont know, I just know that this christmas wont be the same for me for personal reasons, but I still look forward to it.
Biblioteksgatan by the way is the real fashion street in Stockholm. You´ll need a thick wallet to pass this street and do some shopping...
Ah, a cup of java
Swedes love having coffee. And since the beginning of the nineties we´ve had a much larger culture in going out for a cup or two than before.
No matter were you are in Stockholm a coffeplace is always close by. This photo is taken from one of several along Kungsgatan.
Equal rights is something that always has a high priority in Sweden. But just as in many other countries there are holes in society where a man has more opportunities than a woman.
Some of these holes are tiny and neglectable and are purely there because they´ve always been there.
Trafficsigns for instance have always had a man on the pedestriansign. But this is something you can remedy if you feel like it. Walking down Kungsgatan I passed a small crossing with four signs and all had been "remodelled" to look female.
Someone has obviously had a lot of time on their hands = )
Hötorget, or directly translated into english the hay square, has been a known place for markets since the 17th century.
Today it is one of few places that has a bigg gathering of market stalls in central Stockholm. Located as central as you can get this small square also becomes a bit of a welcome break in the normal modern city landscape.
Fruit, vegetables and flowers are the main sellers. Every evening each stall closes and moves leaving the square empty just to be opened early the next day.
An old friend moves on... This was Stina, one of the nicest and most loving friends you could have. From this day though that tail will wave somewhere else as she was put to sleep today.
I hope she´s being walked by my mum wherever they are.
Thanks for being a great mate.
Belive it or not
Is this really a post? Yes indeed it is! = )
After many weeks travelling with work it´s going to cool down now a bit for me personally. So now I can finally show some new pics!
The cinemahouse at Hötorget is the place to be if you love movies. With 14 cinemas inside it has the best range of movies naturally. But going to watch the movies in Stockholm is never far away if you feel the urge to watch the latest blockbuster or independent movie. Cinemas in central Stockholm are everywhere meaning that you always have a wide range of movies to chose from.
Swedes in general are very frequent cinemavisitors, although visits have decreased in past years, presumably due to increasing downloading.
Between the 16th and 29th of november the Stockholm film festival is held with loads of films that you normally would´nt be able to watch, but after loads of travels recently I instead felt the urge to have a good laugh instead of a serious plot.
So I went and watched Borat instead, I was´nt dissapointed = )
And out again...
Well, not much photographing this weekend either. Been called away to Gothenburg, back on thursday again.
I really apologize and realize at the same time that this is´nt really a sufficient way in mainting an interest for my dailyblog but what can you say when work calls?
Fortunatly my travels will come down from thursday and atleast ten days ahead which will make posting a lot easier.
Feel free to discover Stockholm through the archives until then = )