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2009-11-30

word processing in Storkyrkan

Storkyrkan is known as The Great Church. The pulpit, here seen from below and created by Burchardt Precht in 1680, isn't half bad either. He was also the man behind this.

Storkyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-11-29

grey city

This is one grey colour photo. It's that time of the year. In the summer this is a favourite of mine.

Slussen (map) 10 October 2009

2009-11-28

school's out ?


A while ago we had Norra Latin and it's just fair that we now show you Södra Latin as well. Both were well known schools in Stockholm. Quite a difference in the façade, I'd say. The present building was inaugurated in 1891 but the school has existed in different shapes since 1654. Girls weren't allowed in until 1961.

Högbergsgatan (map) 14 October 2009

2009-11-27

stubborn old house

text & photo: Anette Åhlander

This lovely old house, abandoned since many years now, is as stubborn as the locals - the famous "rospiggarna". New houses are built around the corner, but it's still standing there, seeing life change and people passing on the wriggling gravel road. Only a year ago, a wolf killed six sheep nearby. And this less than 30 kilometres north east of Stockholm.

Åsättra, Österåker (map) 15 November 2009

2009-11-26

bloody façade

House on Stortorget, Old town. According to folklore, the number of white stones on the façade of this house equals the the number of people executed in the The Stockholm Bloodbath in November 1520.

Wikipedia: "The Stockholm Bloodbath took place as the result of a successful invasion of Sweden by Danish forces under the command of king Christian II. It culminated on the 8th when around 80-90 people, mostly nobility and clergy, were executed despite a promise by Christian for general amnesty."

In Sweden, king Christian II is nicknamed 'Christian the Tyrant'. In Denmark he is called 'Christian the Good'. How's that for two peace-loving countries in Scandinavia?

Stortorget (map) 18 October 2009

2009-11-25

a sign of motoring

Beautiful neon sign at the Odenplan driving school. They opened in 1954, in the golden age of motoring.

Odenplan (map) 20 October 2009

2009-11-24

happy camels

Two happy camels on a tile wall at Gamla stan subway station. Or is it dromedaries, donkeys, llamas or even horses? Anyway, they are happy and that's what counts!

Munkbroleden (map) 18 October 2009

2009-11-23

soccer practice

Soccer - or football - practice in Sundbyberg. It's impressing the work that kids, parents and leaders put into their favourite sports.

Ursvik, Sundbyberg (map) 14 October 2009

2009-11-22

cutting edge

Little yellow man cutting the asphalt in a road construction work on Kungsholmen. He wouldn't stand still, even for my four seconds of exposure time.

Drottningholmsvägen (map) 19 October 2009

2009-11-21

you're ruining my composition

And that's only me. I wonder what that poor Japanese guy (behind the last jet of water) is thinking - trying to get a decent shot of his buddy with Drottningholm Castle as a background. Yes, that is where you will find "The Cascades" as this is called. Originally designed and built by Nicodemus Tessin (the younger) some 300 years back and renovated in 1961.

Drottningholms slott, Ekerö (map) 20 September 2009

2009-11-20

small town

Here's another glimpse of a small town paradise in the middle of Stockholm. This lovely garden is located by Bastugatan ("Sauna Street") in Södermalm. In the background you can see City hall.

Bastugatan (map) 10 October 2009

2009-11-19

a resounding cathedral

The main organ in Storkyrkan ("the Great Church") is all mechanical. So don't forget to exercise and mind those toe pedals!

Storkyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-11-18

pernilla on a roll

Subway cars in Stockholm have names. Here are Pernilla and Kent stopping by under Danderyd University Hospital.

Tunnelbana Danderyds sjukhus, Danderyd (map) 1 November 2009

2009-11-17

St. Gertrude's Church (4)

Remember St. Gertrude's Church - The German Church ? Let's step inside. The altar is from 1659 and was created by Markus Hebel from Neumünster, Holstein. See more?

Tyska kyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-11-16

royal spelling

We're back at University Station, a few meters away from where I shot this.

Several places in the vicinity were named after Italian cities by King Gustav III in the 18th century. He did get one name wrong though so this place was called Frescati instead of Frascati. To celebrate (or rectify?) this spelling error a modern university campus has been established here and this is subway station Universitetet.

Tunnelbana Universitetet (map) 1 November 2009

2009-11-15

superjeans can

Another of Stockholm's guerrilla decorated trash cans. We have seen Lion can and Laughing can before.

Moderna museet (map) 11 October 2009

2009-11-14

suddenly...

...the coach I was riding was invaded by tooth fairies. I don't know, maybe it's just me, but I always thought there was one tooth fairy? And here I was, facing about 20 or so. Not only fairies but also a large number of tooth rotters. Turned out they all came from a party, closing an odontology fair and now they were on their way home - to Norway. So now you know where they live. But don't be scared - it was just a masquerade

Södra station (map) 24 September 2009

2009-11-13

garden view

Doesn't this look peaceful? Behold, on the other side of this façade lurks danger.

Taxinge Slott, Nykvarn (map) 12 September 2009

2009-11-12

western bridge

A view over Söder Mälarstrand, Riddarfjärden ("Knight Bay") and in the distance Västerbron - the Western Bridge. In 1945, a number of North American P-51 Mustang WWII fighter planes were delivered to Sweden. Some of the American pilots couldn't resist the temptation to fly under the bridge.

Söder Mälarstrand (map) 10 October 2009

2009-11-11

narrow south

A narrow street leading down from Södermalm district and Mariaberget. The houses are from the late 1800's.

Pryssgränd (map) 10 October 2009

2009-11-10

mosaic trash

A mosaic decorated trash can at the Gamla stan metro station. We don't know who's behind the guerrilla decoration but the traffic company let them do it. Which is a great thing.

Gamla stan (map) 16 October 2009

2009-11-09

chimneys

Roofs and chimneys in the older parts of Södermalm.

Sista styverns trappor (map) 10 October 2009

2009-11-08

love you forever

Massimo Heart Katreen. Forever - or at least for the time being - this padlock will be a part of the Djurgården bridge. Perhaps an unusual sign of love.

Djurgårdsbron (map) 11 October 2009

2009-11-07

moving closer

This is for those of you who didn't guess on "hiding" but rather waited for me to reveal where it was taken. I've now moved forward, past the fountain and on to the next. Not so frantic this one, so it's quite obvious that we're at Drottningholm Castle.

Drottningholms slott, Ekerö (map) 20 September 2009

2009-11-06

backyard

A backyard in the immediate city centre - district Södermalm. There are still a few of these lovely places left. A small town in the urban city.

Ludvigsbergsgatan (map) 10 October 2009

2009-11-05

hope in Tyresö

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there, I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow,

I am the softly falling snow.

(Mary Frye)

Bollmora kyrkogård, Tyresö (map) 10 October 2009

2009-11-04

the Toontown connection

The subway can be a magic place. Join us where geometry is funnier and colours much stronger. Give your worries the day off and catch the next train for Toontown right here at University Station.

Tunnelbana Universitetet (map) 1 November 2009

2009-11-03

a military saint

The Major: Why did he kill it, anyway, Fawlty?
Basil: I don't know, Major. Better than marrying it.

(John Cleese & Connie Booth 1979)

St. George and the Dragon provide a bit of action in Storkyrkan - The Great Church.

Storkyrkan, Gamla stan (map) 1 November 2009

2009-11-02

dreaming of Vaxholm

With 5000 residents, Vaxholm is a smallish town. In the tourist season this locality is a busy hub for the Stockholm Archipelago and well-known Waxholms hotell might wish they had more than 42 rooms to offer. See more?

Hamngatan, Vaxholm (map) 2 October 2009

2009-11-01

barefoot singers

Barfotasångare (barefoot singers) by Wive Larsson. Public art at Södra station.

Södra station (map) 10 October 2009

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