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2010-10-19

ever changing, yet still the same


Back in 1967 trams disappeared from the city, to be replaced by buses and cars in the name of Progress. A couple of months ago they returned as the heritage tramway to Djurgården was symbolically extended to Sergel Square in the immediate city center with new tramcars and regular traffic to commence all year round.

Such is the face of Stockholm. Ever changing, yet still the same.

Sergels torg (map) 21 September 2010

photo #1889 on pixels since 19 October 2005

2010-10-18

here we meet, party and die

Stureplan is one of the major party hubs in Stockholm and is the favourite playground for brats and the nouveau riche. The round thing is Svampen/the mushroom, a classic meeting place since 1937. In December 1994 four people were shot dead and 20 injured at the entrance to one of the night clubs here.

Stureplan (map) 7 October 2010

2010-10-17

lost - are you ?


At least there are directions to be had here. The only thing now is - where to go....


Fiskaregatan,Vaxholm (map) 19 September 2010

2010-10-16

end of the line


Nynäshamn is the southernmost point of the commuter rail network in Stockholm County. In the foreground here, the station house - 66 minutes from Stockholm Central.

Nynäshamns station, Nynäshamn (map) 28 September 2010

2010-10-15

Rio it's not

On a late summer night 16,000+ runners invaded parts of southern Stockholm for a 10km run - Midnattsloppet. They were preceded by Samba schools showing off their skills.

Hornsgatan (map) 14 August 2010

2010-10-14

the show must go on

Eagerly waiting for the musical We will rock you to begin.

"Everywhere, the kids watch the same movies, wear the same fashions and think the same thoughts. It’s a safe, happy, Ga Ga world. Unless you’re a rebel. Unless you want to Rock. On Planet Mall all the musical instruments are banned..."

It will be a night filled with Queen music!

Cirkus (map) 7 September 2010

2010-10-13

a creative mind


On top of a granite column, the bust of Swedish inventor John Ericsson. Sculpture by John Börjeson. Ericsson has also been commemorated in Battery Park, New York City.

Nybroplan (map) 21 September 2010

2010-10-12

recycling in Vaxholm

So - what do you do when your bike has broke down on you? Had it been a car, I'd say - paint it yellow, it might fool someone. In this case, some flowers did the trick. Or did you notice the flat tire first?

Skolgatan, Vaxholm (map) 19 September 2010

2010-10-11

coming through

The Brunkeberg Tunnel is a 231 metres long passage way through Brunkeberg ridge in central Stockholm. The passage has made life easier for pedestrians and cyclists for almost 125 years.

Brunkebergstunneln (map) 7 October 2010

2010-10-10

mystery park

The Vasa park can be magical in the morning.

Vasaparken (map) 25 September 2010

2010-10-09

the photographer

A photographer waiting for the very last runners of the 10th annual Stockholm Half Marathon. In the back is the Royal Palace.

Skeppsbron (map) 11 September 2010

2010-10-08

mushroom


Autumn is in the air. Or on the ground, to be precise.

Ösmo kyrka, Nynäshamn (map) 28 September 2010

2010-10-07

cold dog


As the autumn winds turn slightly chilly, the prospect of enjoying fast food on the go still attracts passers-by.

Nybroplan (map) 21 September 2010

2010-10-06

windy, sacred ground


Nynäshamn is a coastal town 58 kilometers south of Stockholm. On top of a hill in the town center there used to be a lighthouse. In 1930 they instead erected Nynäshamn Church by architect Lars Israel Wahlman.

Nynäshamns kyrka, Nynäshamn (map) 28 September 2010

2010-10-05

symphony in grey and yellow


Squeezing a long tramcar through a zoom lens is fun.

Ryssviksvägen (map) 21 September 2010

2010-10-04

procrastinated we stand


- Honey, it's your turn to clean the yard this year.

Mejerivägen, Nynäshamn (map) 28 September 2010

2010-10-03

bumble bee walk

An early autumn walk in Humlegården - "the hop's garden". Humlegården was originally the Royal Fruit Garden, established by King Johan III in the 16th century. By popular speech the park is called Humlan, "the bumble bee".

Humlegården (map) 11 September 2010

2010-10-02

poetry slam

A nice weekend in Hornstull

Södermalm Stockholm Poetry Slam - rostrum poetry and spoken word fest. These guys were really good.

Hornstull (map) 28 August 2010

2010-10-01

cruise stop-over

Saga Pearl II (Nassau) anchored at Stadsgårdshamnen. Behind her we see Ersta Church and Ersta Deacon, a hospital since 1864.

Stadsgårdshamnen (map) 11 September 2010

2010-09-30

graknitti

A nice weekend in Hornstull

A graffitied van, in paint as well as in yarn.

Hornstulls strand (map) 27 August 2010

2010-09-29

stadshagen hockey

A metro train arriving station Stadshagen. The "corrugated metal thingie" is an artwork depicting the two local rivalling ice hockey teams Djurgården and AIK. If you look from one side you see Djurgården score a goal, and from the other side AIK surely scores behind the Djurgården keeper. The artist is Lasse Lindqvist.

Stadshagen (map) 11 September 2010

2010-09-28

nature strikes back


I think that nature is striving to take back what has been stolen. This house is a good example of that (my garden another). Or is this the famous Greenhouse effect?

Fjällgatan (map) 29 June 2010

2010-09-27

red carpet

A nice weekend in Hornstull

The red carpet leading you to the old shoe factory and culture in many forms and shapes.

Hornstull (map) 28 August 2010

2010-09-26

långholmsgatan

Långholmsgatan is one of Stockholm's most heavily trafficked streets. It's merely 500 meters long and connects Liljeholmsbron with Västerbron on Södermalm. Its name comes from the island Långholmen - that's the green in the photo.

Långholmsgatan (map) 28 August 2010

2010-09-25

on royal guard

One of the Royal Guards keeping an eye on things - and on people.

The Royal Guards are responsible, with the police and palace authorities, for guarding The Royal Palace of Stockholm and Drottningholm Palace. They are also part of the defence force of the centre of Stockholm. When guard duties are required, The Royal Guards act as honorary guard to HM the King.

Högvaktsterrassen (map) 14 August 2010

2010-09-24

earth calling vreten


This vehicle has been parked outside the headquarters of state-owned Swedish Space Corporation. 

Vretenvägen, Solna (map) 1 September 2010

2010-09-23

wireless style


If only Alexander Graham Bell would have known.

Tunnelbana Västra skogen, Solna (map) 1 September 2010

2010-09-22

in a galaxy far away


Or somewhat closer to home, in fact. Revisiting that hanging, glowing thingy in Gallerian shopping mall.

Hamngatan (map) 21 September 2010

2010-09-21

supervising authority


- While letting my assistants handle daily matters, I'm constantly keeping myself informed of recent developments.

Huvudsta centrum, Solna (map) 1 September 2010

2010-09-20

electronically yours


A corner in the Andromeda Studio where Ralph Lundsten has been busy composing for decades.

Tollare, Nacka (map) 21 August 2010

2010-09-19

hot dog stand

A nice weekend in Hornstull

Hot dog stand in Aunty O's grove. A little short on customers at that time.

Drakenbergsparken (map) 27 August 2010

2010-09-18

idol

A nice weekend in Hornstull

Indie band (name?) playing their hearts out  at Liljeholmsbron.

Hornstulls strand (map) 28 August 2010

2010-09-17

a game of polo

We are used to see polo as a fast game played on horseback. Here's a slower Segway version (which is a bit funny as Swedish slang for something slow is seg - pronounced with a long e).

Sjöhistoriska museet (map) 14 August 2010

2010-09-16

palace tourism

Photographing at the inner courtyard of the Stockholm Palace, the official residence and major royal palace of the Swedish monarch.

Slottsbacken (map) 14 August 2010

2010-09-15

quite a catch


There are fishermen and there are fishermen. This is Tor's Fishing by Anders Henrik Wissler. Me, I'd be scared stiff if I got something like that on the hook.

Mariatorget (map) 14 August 2010

2010-09-14

small organ - big organ

A somewhat smaller sibbling to the organ in Adolf Fredrik Church. This has a more secluded spot in the church and I gather it's not used at Sunday sermon.

Holländargatan (map) 27 April 2010

2010-09-13

maritime stockholm

S/S Birger Jarl was launched on 15 January 1953 and named after the 13th century Swedish statesman Birger jarl. After her maiden voyage to Helsinki she started regular service on the routes Stockholm - Helsinki and Stockholm - Turku. Today, M/S Birger Jarl is a cruise ship on service between Stockholm and Mariehamn on the Åland Islands (Finland).

The smaller vessel is Stockholm Ström 2 from 1894 on route from Slussen to Fjäderholmarna - "where the archipelago begins".

Finnboda hamn, Nacka (map) 9 August 2010

2010-09-12

old cemetery

Danvik cemetery was inaugurated in 1834 and used up to the first years in the twentieth century. It is assumed that it was a cemetery for the poor and sick who died in Danvik hospital. Unfortunately, the church book remains missing so this can neither be confirmed nor denied.

Kvarnholmsvägen, Nacka (map) 9 August 2010

2010-09-11

the parliament

The Swedish Parliament, the Riksdag, as seen from Högvaktsterrassen at the Stockholm Palace. The building to the left - the west building - used to be Sveriges Riksbank (Sweden’s central bank).

Högvaktsterrassen (map) 14 August 2010

2010-09-10

I ain't cleaning that!


Having a transparent roof on the bus shelter isn't such a brilliant idea if no one is going to keep it reasonably tidy.

Slussen (map) 21 August 2010

2010-09-09

encounters in Solna


Any subway network worth its salt will have a serious control tower. I may have read to much sci-fi but the entire complex looks rather alien, don't you agree?

Tunnelbana Västra skogen, Solna (map) 1 September 2010

2010-09-08

verticality


Are you a rational, hierarchical top-down kind of person? Or maybe a bottom-up rebel, ready to reinvent without waiting for permission from above? Either way - here's a choice of perspectives, perpendicular to the plane of the horizon. See more?

Slussen (map) 21 August 2010

2010-09-07

levitating in Huvudsta


The unbearable lightness of being a truck.

Huvudsta centrum, Solna (map) 1 September 2010

2010-09-06

water music


By Skurusundet in Nacka is a place of imagination where art meets nature.

Tollare, Nacka (map) 21 August 2010

2010-09-05

Lady Mallard and her kids


Lady Mallard (Wild duck) with kids taking a swim in central Stockholm.

The boat is a traditional fishing boat used for fishing for smelt. There's an interesting post on stockholmbyplenty.com here.

Norrström (map) 6 August 2010

2010-09-04

summer oasis


Café and restaurant Solstugan in Fredhäll is a popular oasis since 1922. Open in the summer months, it offers a beautiful view of the narrows of Lake Mälaren. Yes, it's the small red cottage in the middle of all that green.

Fredhäll (map) 21 July 2010

2010-09-03

Stockholm County Council


The "headquarters" of Stockholm County Council. The council’s mandate is to ensure that Stockholmians have access to health care and public transport as well as to preventing health problems. Its activities affect over one fifth of Sweden's population and the geographical area covers 26 municipalities of various sizes and characters, with a total population of 1.9 million.

Hantverkargatan (map) 31 July 2010

2010-09-02

song to the sun


The Carl Milles sculpture Solsångaren - the sun singer. It was erected in 1926 in memory of Esaias Tegnér's poem Sång till solen (Song to the sun). Tegnér, a writer, professor of Greek language, and bishop was during the 19th century regarded as the father of modern poetry in Sweden.

Strömparterren (map) 6 August 2010

2010-09-01

there goes the neighbourhood

The allotments in Solvalla are slowly getting new neighbours.

Solvalla (map) 3 August 2010

2010-08-31

Bob the Builder is at it again


Here he's fixing the asphalt for the new tramline City.

Hamngatan (map) 22 May 2010

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