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2008-12-31

the end is near

Sometimes, walking our paths through life, we reach a dead end. There are no alternative routes in sight, the road gets narrow and is finally blocked. Fortunately, that's when the next subway train for Mörby centrum arrives here at Liljeholmen station and if you're the train driver it's all pretty nifty since that train is your workplace.

Liljeholmen (map) 14 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-30

Aunty O's at night

Tantolunden ('Aunty O's grove') and Årsta bay as seen from the Liljeholms bridge at night. In the foreground are jetties that in the summer are full of sailing boats and motorboats. If you sail straight out of the picture you will eventually reach the sea. On the way you will pass the Globe Arena (white 'half sphere'). Alongside Årsta bay is a very popular walkway.

Tantolunden (map) 25 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-29

central yoga

Yoga training at the Stockholm Central Station. It's not a regular thing though. They are merely demonstrating, letting people try it out.

Centralstationen (map) 28 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-28

the sollentuna makeover (2)

...previously on pixels

Imagine a life without electric light. December in Sweden wouldn't exactly be a hit, that much is certain. Here's a view of central Sollentuna on the Sunday before Christmas. Bus station in the foreground, behind it the commuter train station and top right is a new courthouse being constructed.

Sollentuna centrum (map) 21 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-27

windy view

A windy view from Swedish Mail head office in Tomteboda. It should be Frösunda and Solna on the other side of the railroad. Yes, we have been here before, night and day.

Tomteboda (map) 20 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-26

recreational skating

photo: Kenneth Blake

The ever so popular ice skating place in Kungsträdgården. Especially now, when the kids are home from school and parents can take some time off from work thanks to the holidays, it can sometimes be a bit crowded here. There is something special with people skating round and round and ... to music. Care to listen?

In the summer Kungsträdgården can look like this: still music, but maybe in a more romantic mode?

Kungsträdgården (map) 23 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-25

a very merry central station (2)

...previously on pixels

250 000 commuters and other visitors pass through Stockholm Central Station on an average day. Christmas is a whole different ball game.

Centralen (map) 14 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-24

obelisk in white

The glass obelisk at Sergel Square lit in white. The round things on the ground are not hedgehogs covered in snow, it's only Christmas decorations. Quite nice if you ask me. In the background is the Cultural house.

Sergels torg (map) 25 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-23

"your turn to put the star on top !"

Jennifer recently helped raise our awareness of levitating Christmas trees. This one doesn't exactly levitate but it does reach a significant height, on top of a construction crane in Sollentuna.

Sollentuna centrum (map) 21 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-22

king's street in christmas clothing

The header says it all. All the stars are out and at the end the Sture Mall is all lit up. Changing colours over and over again. See more?

Kungsgatan (map) 18 Dec 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-21

chocolate shopping

Chocolate shopping in Hötorgshallen. This place is an Eldorado if you crave for delicacies. The photo is taken from a restaurant on the entrance floor.

Hötorget (map) 20 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-20

sergel by dusk (2)

...previously on pixels

as gloom and drizzle fill the air
a subway entrance is our street's salon
when all the merchants got their share
by Sergel Square we mingle on

Sergels torg (map) 23 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-19

levitating X-mas

text & photo: Jennifer Hallqvist

During a walk in the Old Town it just so happened that in an alley I lifted my gaze and there it was ... the Christmas tree. It was just hanging there, fully lit with Christmas decorations and everything. It made me happy.

Old Town (map) 14 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-18

going down in colours

These could have been the escalators to the subway, but they're not. They are leading down to yet another floor of a shop. Couldn't resist taking a pic of all the shapes and colours of those lamps. Hope you enjoy them too.

Slöjdgatan (map) 13 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-17

stealth

A modern naval ship by the Old town. If the stealth doesn't work you can always send out the odd canoe as a distraction. I have no idea if it is a Swedish or foreign ship, but I gather we Swedes are quite good at stealth technology.

Gamla stan (map) 15 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-16

a very merry central station

Since our weather is actively encouraging indoor activities these days, here's a view from Stockholm Central Station. Winter or no winter, the good folks at Jernhusen are wishing us a merry Christmas and a happy holiday season.

Centralen (map) 14 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-15

mid-month theme: subway day

They don't call it rush hour for nothing.
Onwards to Ropsten at warp speed!

Liljeholmen (map) 14 December 2008 | others bloggar

subway day is a mid-month theme shared by the following blogs:
Budapest - New York City - Paris - Stockholm

2008-12-14

Saint Lucy's day (and it's cold)

These youngsters celebrating Saint Lucy were found yesterday singing in the street outside one of Stockholm's department stores. Since it was rather chilly and they spent some time singing, they looked cold. But I suppose the money they were given eventually made them thaw.
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Drottninggatan (map) 13 Dec 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-13

homeboys

Jonathan Livingston Seagull (Wikipedia) and three of his mates chilling in Hammarby sjöstad

Hammarby sjöstad (map) 15 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-12

Christmas shopping

photo: Lennart Gabrielsson

Christmas shopping with chandeliers and blue diode sky in Vällingby just outside Stockholm city. Indoor or semi-indoor shopping is perhaps a good thing when it's dark and cold outside.

Vällingby centrum (map) 10 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-11

intermission at tredje raden (2)

...previously on pixels

From yesterday's Nobel festivities to another glimpse of the opera house. The current repertoire includes classics like the Barber of Seville, Bohéme and Tosca. A modern version of Cinderella sounds interesting. This photo is from an intermission in Samson and Delilah.

Operan, Gustav Adolfs torg (map) 11 Nov 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-10

nob and nobelity

On 10 December, the Nobel Prizes are awarded for outstanding contributions in Physics, Chemistry, Literature, Peace and Physiology or Medicine. The Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, commonly identified with the Nobel Prize, is awarded for outstanding contributions in Economics. The Peace prize is awarded in Oslo, Norway, but the rest here in Stockholm. The ceremony is followed by a banquet at Stockholm City Hall (Stockholms stadshus) for about 1,300 people, including 250 students.

Read all about the prizes and more here: nobelprize.org

Stockholms stadshus (map) 8 December 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-09

parallel universes at brommaplan

Quantum mechanics seems real weird to a layman. According to one theory, the universe is constantly being split into separate worlds where everything which could occur actually does. Somewhere. Every possible branch of history is realised and the universe would be a many-branched tree of many worlds where we're confined to just one. So when this gentleman at Brommaplan subway station walks onto the escalator he could in fact be facing different fates in different worlds.

Brommaplan (map) 23 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-08

out of season

The boating season is definitely over when you find boats all over ... the woods.

Åsättra (map) 16 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-07

sergel by dusk

when winter lost its charm
and Father Frost has closed the door

some theater won't do me harm

to Sergel Square I'll go once more

Sergels torg (map) 23 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-06

modern church

So this is what they look like, nowadays? A modern House of God in Hammarby sjöstad courtesy of the Church of Sweden.

Fascinating #1: We were waved down by a motorist some twenty meters from the church. He asked for directions to ... the church. Fascinating #2: If you type kyrkan.se ("church.se") in your web browser you end up at a casino.

Sickla kaj (map) 15 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-05

come snow

photo: Kenneth Blake

In surprising winter weather - it always comes as a surprise - the special museum tram equipped with a snowplough is ordered out.

Above all: the traffic must not stop!

Strandvägen (map) 24 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-04

intermission at tredje raden

Opera-goers in Stockholm got themselves a new opera house by Gustav Adolf Square in 1898. Designed by Axel Anderberg in neo-classical style it's still very much a center of gravity for opera in Sweden. Here's a view of the third tier, tredje raden.

Operan, Gustav Adolfs torg (map) 11 Nov 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-03

local chow

Fried small herring on crisp bread or with mashed potatoes is considered a delicacy, especially from this popular kiosk at Slussen

Slussen (map) 15 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-02

the ark

The head office of Swedish Posten was inaugurated in 2004. Devised by architect Lise-Lott Söderlund, its name is Arken ("the Ark") and it does indeed resemble a ship stranded on a hill in Tomteboda. See more?

Terminalvägen, Solna (map) 20 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-12-01

daily photo theme day: 40 years of water tapping

Some three kilometers away from the photographer (at Hornstull) is Gullmarsplan and the gigantic ball Stockholm Globe Arena.

The Globe was inaugurated in 1989 and is the world's largest spherical building. 110 meters in diameter and 85 meters in inside height, it would take some 40 years to fill it from a water tap. (Where do those numbers come from?) Here and here are more pixels.

Globen (map) 25 November 2008 | others bloggar

The December theme is "Circles/Spheres". 187 members of City Daily Photo have promised to join.

2008-11-30

delivery for Bob the Builder

Some positively huge construction things being towed to Bob the Builder and friends. I guess this will be used in the building of a new railway tunnel under water in Riddarfjärden (right about here) on the other side of the island Södermalm.

Hornstull (map) 1 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-29

say it isn't so!

OK. It isn't so. Nothing is being demolished. Just some sort of repair work in front of good old Circus on Djurgården.

Cirkus (map) 1 November 2008 | others bloggar

photo #1200 on pixels since 19 October 2005

2008-11-28

the fall line

text & photo: Jennifer Hallqvist

Most clothing lines strive to add values to their clothes that go beyond the notion of cotton, wool or cashmere. They need to make us consumers feel like we are entering a certain lifestyle by dressing in their creations.

With that in mind I can't help but wonder what the decorators at Esprit were thinking when styling this display. Is Esprit a falling brand? Or... is this their Fall Collection -08?

Gallerian (map) 21 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-27

evening light

Evening light in the King's Garden (Kungsträdgården). A few lamps down the path we see Molin's Fountain.

Kungsträdgården (map) 29 October | others bloggar

2008-11-26

let it snow in kista

Rush hour in Kista seems rather relaxed. Or maybe the rush simply chose to move indoors following the recent snow storm. The tall structure in the background is Kista Church.

Kista centrum (map) 25 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-25

the fountain

Molin's Fountain in nice blue evening light

Kungsträdgården (map) 29 October 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-24

(t)rama lama ding dong (2)

...previously on pixels

Flexity Swift
is the model name of this low-floor light-rail vehicle. This is Sickla udde and here's where the tram line Tvärbanan from Alvik terminates.

Sickla udde (map) 23 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-23

golden rainbow

LinkAccording to mythology, the Irish leprechaun's secret hiding place for his pot of gold is at the end of the rainbow. I think you could very well spend that pot of gold in the smart department store NK - Nordiska Kompaniet - at the end of this rainbow.

NK (map) 10 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-22

I am King

- Look at me, here I stand in Kungsträdgården ("the King's Garden") pointing out that I'm a Swede. Charles XII of Sweden is my name, should you have forgotten.

Kungsträdgården (map) 29 oct 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-21

mansion turned museum

The museum Waldemarsudde ("Cape of Waldemar") on Djurgården was established 60 years ago

Waldemarsudde (map) 1 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-20

misty bridge

The Liljeholmen bridge enveloped in morning mist

Hornstull (map) 5 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-19

silent crowds

Thousands upon thousands visited the Holy Cross Chapel at the Woodland Cemetery on that bitterly cold All Saints' Day. Here's a close-up of the Resurrection Statue.

Skogskyrkogården (map) 1 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-18

apples anyone

Fritt efter (freely after) Frans Floris Pomona by Emma Karp Lundström

A real tasty work of art. The "painting" consists of some 18.000 apples fixed by some 38.000 nails. The whole image is 56 square meters large and was on exhibition at the Hallwylska Museum. The kid in the front is a student doing some school work.

Hallwylska museet (map) 4 November 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-17

local ice age

Intriguing patterns on a small frozen pool of water in Sollentuna. What happened here before dawn?

Wesströms väg, Sollentuna (map) 1 Nov 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-16

a Grand view

We've seen the hotel before. This time it's night time. And the view is Grand. Both the real one and the mirrored one.

Södra Blasieholmshamnen (map) 29 Oct 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-15

mid-month theme: subway day

Of course, to become a good metro train driver you must have training. Here is a learner's train - or shall we call it a train train - passing by station Hornstull. The sign says Learner's train. No boarding.

(T) Hornstull (map) 31 October 2008 | others bloggar

subway day is a mid-month theme shared by the following blogs:
New York City - Paris - Stockholm

2008-11-14

city in disguise

photo: Irena Hellqvist

Stockholm should be somewhere out there in the morning fog. We see the two Högalid church steeples, the top of City Hall, St John's Church and some chimneys. But where's the actual city?

Nybohov (map) 10 October 2008 | others bloggar

2008-11-13

blue house

A blue house in Gröndal ("Green Valley")

Gröndal (map) 19 October 2008 | others bloggar

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