The old mail center at Klara (built in the early 80's) is presently being torn down (it started on Dec 11th). In 2010 the new building will be ready, almost 75000 squaremeters big (hotel 20500, conference 20000 and office-space 34000). Right now it looks as if war has come to Stockholm, but I guess it always will when old buildings have to go. The machines used to tear it down are awesome. They chew the concrete like it was a sandwich. Have a look at plenty.
Det är inte utan att man kommer att tänka på Gamla 34:an eller Esplanadsystemet när man ser att gamla postterminalen vid Klara är på väg att bli ett minne blott. Det är bara drygt ett halvår sedan jag själv var på fest på "Matlusten", längst upp i högerkanten på bilden. Idag skulle jag nog sätta på mig varmare kläder.....
This is part of the mill Tre Kronor (Three Crowns). It was built during April 1897 - August 1898 and was in different shapes used until 1992 when it finally came to rest, due to bad profitability. You will pass it on your way out of Stockholm by boat.
Every Christmas the estate agent Erik Olsson gives away hundreds and hundreds of Christmas trees for free. This year the annual chaos took place on the 12th on a parking lot outside their main office. The green/white in the middle and on the lorry are trees and the people in red are staff.
Rushing to and from various stores carrying bags and parcels is an important part of the Christmas pleasures for many people. This was shot outside the PUB department store but - except for the familiar buildings in the background: the Concert Hall, the movie complex Filmstaden and the Hötorget skyscrapers (here dressed in red) - it could have been almost anywhere these days.
Wikipedia: "Högdalen is a working class suburban district in South Stockholm, built around the metro station with this name on line 19. It was connected to Stockholm City Centre in 1952, a year before the town planning was approved. The shopping centre was inaugurated in 1957."
Högdalen translates to High Valley according to The Local.
Stockholm Globe Arena as seen from a distance. It's lit for the evening and I suspect there's a hockey game going on. The view is from Kaknästornet and you can see more than the Globe, if you know what the different lights are of course. others on stockholm
Ever been inside a railway semaphore? This was shot outside the office of a manufacturer of rail transportation equipment. A most appropriate symbol. Just like the railroad, this semaphore doesn't quite reach the sky. Still, a good start.
Without signs giving us directions we'd be all lost in the subway. Communicating clearly to many people with different backgrounds, languages, references is a challenge. This was shot at T-Rådhuset underneath the Stockholm Court House. The blue dot symbolizes the "blue line" which is actually two distinct lines, both starting at the city centre and ending in, respectively, Akalla and Hjulsta.
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Strömma Kanalbolaget ship M/S Stockholm tied up at Strandvägen on a snowy November evening. The ship was built in 1931 by Oskarshamns Varv Ab and was originally sailing under the name S/S Öland. M/S Stockholm has been in service in Sweden, Finland and Denmark. The ship's full history can be found here (only in Swedish).
This is the "cookie-nose-tower" or Kaknästornet as it's really called. The first name is just to make fun of it in English (kaka=cookie, näsa=nose, torn=tower). Right now it's shrouded in christmas clothes. The tower is a communication central and the surroundings are littered with satellite dishes. A bit further up is a restaurant with different kinds of dishes. Both are enjoyable in their own way. It's 155m high (with the antenna on top, 170m), and would be considered rather small in comparison to others abroad.
I have no idea what shady business is taking place in this house at Rosenlundsgatan in south central, but they sure don't want us to find out. I wouldn't worry though. Behind my back is a police station.
The Swedes and the Finnish people have a common history and close bonds. Many people travel frequently between Stockholm or Kapellskär on the Swedish side and cities like Turku or Helsinki in Finland. Quite a few are more interested in the cruise itself than actually visiting another city. The availability of duty-free alcohol on routes making a symbolic stop at Mariehamn is an important factor. As the M/S Birka Paradise leaves Stadsgården we see Altair, a research ship, steadily abiding in the foreground. See more?
A centaur, a crossing between horse and man. Suddenly I saw him. Right there on top of the hill. Amazing. If the light hadn't been right on him, I'd missed him on my way home from a night with collegues, playing boule. Where I found him? I'm not sure I should tell... Oh, what the heck! Observatorielunden. others on stockholmstatue
To my surprise I found myself at the première concert of Peter Dijkstra, new chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir. It was quite OK, Shakespeare and some other 16'th century sonnets. The concert was held in the Oscar’s Church.
Around these guys you better not try anything stupid. These are the guards of Drottningholm Castle (the home of our monarchs) on their way to relieve their comrades. We had a comment about the life of the guards earlier and this patrol was mentioned. They're not quite as fancy as the ones at Stockholms Slott and I don't envy them at all. It was freezing that day... others on stockholmcastle
Vaktombyte på Drottningholm. Det är nog första gången jag ser det men å andra sidan är jag inte där så särskilt ofta heller. andraomstockholmkanonslott
It's not every day we get a new commuter train station. The one at Årstaberg was opened in January 2006 and is connected to the light rail system Tvärbanan. If anyone would prefer taking a bus, Årstaberg has several bus lines on the menu. It's a comfy commuting hub. See more?
You're gonna have a hard time to get in but it looks OK to me. I don't think these are regular mailboxes, they are probably used to deliver something in bulk before the actual household distribution. Papers of some kind, perhaps ? Anyone who is a mail person and cares to explain? Anyway, from being boringly grey these seem to live up nowadays, sometimes turning into real pieces of art. This one just looks cosy. Found in suburbia (Skärholmen). others on stockholmskärholmenmailbox . Jag är osäker på vad som hamnar i dessa boxar egentligen. De är vanligen väldigt gråa men ibland lite roligare, som den här. andraomstockholm
This bridge is leaving room for alternative histories: "going a bridge too far" or "sorry, wrong canal" or maybe it's just making use of limited space in a traffic intense area. The indecisive bridge is found not far from Bernt’s water scootering.