I would like to break in through the horrors and sadness of recent events, and invite you to share some of our short holidaytrip to Stockholm.
Whoever built this barn must have had great love for his native church, they are so close that you can sit milking and singing hymns at the same time.
the more solid rock you stumble on. Many of our main roads have been built by dynamiting through the rock. The mines become plenty up north.
Closing in to Stockholm you see the Globe, a music and sportsarena they are very proud of for some reason, it holds a great amount of visitors, I have listened to Elton John in here f.i. Above you can also see the proud announcement of one of the larger suburbs, Hägersten, translated.....Heron!!!!!
water and several islands in the great archipelago are included.
What is one to eat in Sweden? Well, pickled herring, egg, potatoes, cheese and hard bread.
It means people gathering in hundreds to sing . The two largest are broadcasted on national tv since there are artists as well. But every village holds one in summertime. We love to sing!!!
We got no seats beacuse of the artists being so popular, f.i Laleh and some norwegian twins....
for me, I took some walks and pictures.
Here the south part of Stockholm and the Finland-ferry majestically gliding.
The organ is not so impressive, but oh how beautiful!!
The ancient writings found in our churches tells of important people having done something , donated something or simply been burried in the church. This one tells of the building of the church in 1814.
The traditional way to stack heyfences, today they roll it into large plastic balls.
Let us take a quick look at more recent events now!
Among the more recent events in Stockholm, there is the murder of our Primeminister Olof Palme in 1986. I remember the shock that morning. We have been happily spared this kind of political actions in modern times. Here you have the exact location on Sveavägen. This was very unexpected as was the murder of one of our ministers, Anna Lindh, 2003.
Here you have Palmes headstone in the Adolf Fredrik churchyard. People still visit and sometimes put flowers. Several celebrities have headstones in the churchyards here, poets, composers like Carl Michael Bellman and Evert Taube, Cornelis Vreeswijk and others.
Now for the oldest part of the town, Old Town and Drottningholm.
The Old Town is located south of the Royal castle and the Parliamentbuilding. Its built on water and in wintertime its held free of ice and snow to protect the narrow alleys and old houses, such as these. As you can see, the resemblance is great with cities like Amsterdam or Prague. Since our royalties were imported mostly from Germany but also from France, the local culture was moulded into something new and quite unique. By this I refer to the royalties of the 18th century. Before that we had swedish and danish kings roaming all over the country, claiming land and power and sovereignity . Those were confusing days but there is an enormous treasure of castles and monasteries from that period. Not in Stockholm though.
Narrow alleys everywhere in Old Town, beautiful houses, mysterious gaps and decorations and all of u sudden - there is indeed the loved swedish composer Evert Taube, located in Järntorget.
Evert Taube, a very popular statue for selfie-nerds!!
Now lets find the old steamship Drottningholm and visit the Archepelago of Stockholm!!
Further out you can find Björkö, Birka, a tradingplace for the vikings and the very spot where the monk Ansgar began his mission. Lots of history here!!
We travel for about one hour until we reach the old castle where the royal family mostly resides.
The palace of Drottningholm is now in sight, with beautiful parks, the ancient theatre and yet another castle called he China castle, China was very fashionable. France as well!!
The decorations at the time where the same all over Europe and used in all the plays, about 6-7 sets.
The actors always played the same parts and payed for their costumes themselves and had their quarters behind the scene and underneath. Gustav the third was not allowed to act anymore so he began writing instead.
The servants held more simpler quarters but better than the stageworkers and actors!!!
Well, this was just a quick glance through our capitol, some history, some scenery, some fun and some horrors. I hope you enjoyed this little tour!!!