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2009-01-31

burning down the house

I'm not sure Talking Heads meant it so literal though. I think someone has played with matches. Or did the food get too hot? This used to be a restaurant in Tensta, north of the city. As from around 6 P.M last Saturday they stopped serving. This was an hour later and I just happened to be in the neighbourhood, on my way home.

Krällingegränd, Tensta (map) 24 January 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-30

meanwhile, in the dōjō …

text & photo: Anna Boberg

In Sundbyberg, students of the ancient Japanese martial art Bujinkan Budo Taijutsu are training escape from a sword slash by rolling. The sword is made from bamboo, covered with leather. It will only hurt your pride if you get hit. Dōjō is the Japanese word for training hall.

Sundbyberg (map) 15 January 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-29

be strong - it will change

Sweden is a beautiful country and Stockholm is a lovely city, but sometimes I wonder what drove our ancestors to settle here 60 degrees north. When you are waiting for the bus at Västerbroplan an evening in January and it's raining and snowing you have to be strong.

Västerbroplan (map) 19 January 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-28

intermission at stora scenen

There's no shortage of theaters in Stockholm. The local epicenter for drama is undoubtedly the Royal Dramatic Theatre (Dramaten) by Nybroplan. Here's a view from an intermission at their most prestigious stage, Stora scenen. One gentleman seems to be late for his cup of coffee, the rest are already stretching their legs.

Dramaten, Nybroplan (map) 28 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-27

stockholm or horseradish

The entrance to Kungsängen commuter train station. Stockholm city is a mere 25 minutes away. Add 10 minutes and go the other direction you end up in Enköping, a city famous for horseradish and its parks.

Kungsängen (map) 21 January 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-26

nocturne for hedvig eleonora (3)

...previously on pixels

The dome of Hedvig Eleonora Church was added in the 19th century. Ingmar Bergman's father was a parish minister here in the 20th century. Here's a parting shot from the 21st century as we leave Hedvig Eleonora for a while.

Hedvig Eleonora kyrka (map) 31 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-25

king's meadow

Block of flats in Kungsängen (translated: King's Meadow), a suburb some 30 kilometres north west of Stockholm City.

Kungsängen (map) 21 January 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-24

seeing red

...previously on pixels

This is what you will find upon arriving in Jakobsberg: the passway out of the train station. Normally a red light would mean: stop, don't go any further - but this time you have to. On the other hand - the ceiling in the opposite direction does show a green light. Hmm... maybe we did go the wrong way?

Jakobsbergs centrum (map) 30 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-23

life's a stage by nybrogatan

If life's a stage, then every life should have a nice little restaurant-at-the-corner like Frippe next to the Royal Dramatic Theatre. [Exit two Ladies] Next scene...

Almlöfsgatan (map) 31 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-22

off season (2)

... previously on pixels

An outdoor basketball net in suburban Jakobsberg north west of Stockholm city. A bit off season with the frost on the ground and a few degrees below zero centigrade.

Jakobsberg (map) 30 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-21

nocturne for hedvig eleonora (2)

...previously on pixels

Queen Hedvig Eleonora died in 1715. This round church from 1737 by Östermalm Square bears her name.

Hedvig Eleonora kyrka (map) 31 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-20

evening jog

An evening jogger at the peak of Liljeholmsbron

Hornstull (map) 22 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-19

some popcorn before the debate

At the ground floor of Sollentuna Town Hall is a movie theater. Adding a bit of imagination to politics can be a good thing.

Sollentuna centrum (map) 21 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-18

shopping at the haymarket

Shopping at "the Haymarket" (Hötorget) in central Stockholm. Mondays to Saturdays you can buy fruits and vegetables. Sundays are flea market days. The glassy building to the left - with the sign Sergel - is a large multi-screen cinema. In the basement you can buy delicacies. The building to the right, with blue "ribbony things" is the old department store PUB.

Hötorget (map) 21 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-17

...and there was light

This could be about anywhere. You may have seen hundreds of views like this. To find this particular view, I'm standing on one of Stockholm's many bridges - Essingebron - facing "Lilla Essingen". I've been wanting to do this picture for some time but was surprised to feel how much the bridge is shaking when cars go by.

Essingebron (map) 4 January 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-16

steamships of Stockholm

photo: Kenneth Blake

Two steamships loading at the Skeppsbron quay in Old town. S/S Blidösund, celebrating its hundredth birthday in two years and the youngster S/S Saltsjön, built in 1925. The ships are very much alive museum ships with popular blues and jazz cruises in the Stockholm archipelago. They also have excellent kitchens with "steamship beefsteak" as a traditional speciality. Behind the steamers we see the masts of the schooner Af Chapman. The white building to the left is Skeppsholmskyrkan, a church that was secularized in 2002.

Skeppsbron (map) 21 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-15

mid-month theme: subway day

Dancing on the ceiling is strictly prohibited in the Stockholm Subway. It does however make a pretty good mirror. This is one of our modern subway cars and in case anyone recognizes the angle - yes, we've done this before.

Kungsträdgården (map) 13 January 2009 | others bloggar

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

2009-01-14

minimalistic living

I guess that's what you would call this small house. I passed it at first without noticing anything special. Suddenly I realized that it was a small replica of some of the surrounding houses - meant for the birds. There's a hook to attach the food and inside someone has put a portable lamp. No doubt to make the birds feel more comfy, right?

Utkiksbacken (map) 4 Jan 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-13

going home

...previously on pixels

A man is waiting for his family to catch up at the commuter train station Jakobsberg. They are going home. Jakobsberg is said to be one of Sweden's busiest railway stations.

Jakobsberg (map) 30 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-12

runestone on lovön

Lovön in Ekerö Municipality is a small island with a long history. Harpoons from the Stone Age have been found here. By comparison, this runestone from 11th century by Lovö Church is fairly modern. It was created as a tribute to a guy by the name of Tingfast and recently discovered when the church was renovated. See more?

Lovö kyrka, Ekerö (map) 4 January 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-11

golden tower

Kista Science Tower is a 32-storey show-off in the high tech village Kista north of Stockholm city. But it's quite cool when the sun is shining on the glass structure on an otherwise cloudy day. Here seen from the old Filmstaden ("Tinseltown") in Solna.

Kista (map) 21 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-10

it's cold outside tonight

Even the thermometer at SALK-hallen (said to be Stockholm's best indoor tenniscourt) agrees

Alviks Torg (map) 4 January 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-09

shopping village

photo: Kenneth Blake

Stockholm Quality Outlet, a factory outlet with 55 shops in Barkarby some twenty kilometers west of Stockholm city. Ikea was first on the ground and then came the outlet and then everything went completely wild with shopping hangars everywhere you look. Well, people enjoy it and shopping makes the world go round. Or does it?

Barkarby (map) 3 January 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-08

sendero luminoso

Neither regional nor long distance trains stop at Jakobsberg Station in Järfälla Municipality. And yet the recently renovated station serves more travelers than most railway stations in Sweden. This walking tunnel to a local shopping mall used to be particularly gloomy. Now it's a shining path.

Jakobsbergs station (map) 30 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-07

contrast

This beautiful sculpture called "Havsvind" by Kent Ullberg ("Seabreeze" for you who don't understand Swedish so well) really stands out from the evening sky. There is not a hint of blue left, even though it's only around half past seven. I need to return and do this once more against a blue summer sky. Meanwhile, look closer.

Gustavslundsvägen, Alvik (map) 3 Jan 2009 | others bloggar

2009-01-06

change here from train to ferry

The old station house and an old phone booth in Nynäshamn some 60 kilometers south of Stockholm. Nynäshamn is at the end of one of the commuter train lines and from here you can continue by ferry to the island Gotland. One of many tourists who have been to Nynäshamn is our old friend Ackworth born.

Nynäshamn (map) 17 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-05

nocturne for hedvig eleonora

Hedvig Eleonora Church by Östermalm Square open for a New Year's Prayer

Hedvig Eleonora kyrka (map) 31 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-04

lady in red

A girl dressed in red breaking the dominating gray at T-Centralen (main metro station). The southbound train to Liljeholmen will arrive in two minutes.

T-Centralen (map) 17 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-03

ode to jakobsberg

I suppose that's what this choir is about, no? Facing the mall in Jakobsberg, hidden in a bush (I almost missed them, along with the blackbird I nearly stepped on) but still singing. And I furthermore guess it's not heavy metal, even if one might get that impression by the looks of them :-)
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Jakobsbergs centrum (map) 30 December 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-02

snowy Stockholm

photo: Kenneth Blake

Strandvägen towards Nybroplan at twenty to nine in the morning. The kiosk on the left is the Strömma ticket office where you can buy tickets for excursions to the archipelago - in the summer. Here's the same view without snow.

Nybroplan (map) 24 November 2008 | others bloggar

2009-01-01

daily photo theme day: A Highlander in Stockholm

text & photo: Pia K

Stockholm isn't only about inner city moments and sceneries, oh no, we musn't forget suburbia which can be quite a happening place where some of the most amazing views and encounters can be had. Thus one of my most treasured moments from 2008 was the wonderful and very hairy encounter of the Highlander kind in the suburb of Märsta.

Always being more than fond of these fascinating, adorable ancient looking animals and then actually being able to meet, greet and moo-chat, making new friends with Ruffle, Tousle, Goldilocks and companions in the outskirts of one's own city can only be described as
one of last year's best and a simply magical treat.

With hopes of many such magical moments and treasured treats for 2009 ~

Happy New Year!

Steninge allé, Märsta (map) 30 November 2008 | others bloggar

The January theme is "Best of the year 2008". We didn't want to do a rerun of our own material. So, instead, we asked our friend Pia to interpret this theme for us. 151 members of City Daily Photo have promised to join on this day.

Click here to view thumbnails for all participants

Your daily dose of Stockholm, Sweden - click on pictures to enlarge!