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October In Stockholm – Episode 1

Hello.
This time I am going to give you a series, kind of a retrospective, about Stockholm.
I had so many plans for this weekend and maybe even mentioned it lately, but the ugly weather we are having here is keeping me inside the house. So, no cycling, no outdoor activities whatsoever this long weekend.

Instead, thinking of good memories. Exactly three years ago, but only a week earlier, we visited Stockholm. That gorgeous city has so many beautiful faces and I think October and autumn in general is the time of year that shows how colourful nature and urban areas can be. Maybe this is why I enjoy travelling in this period.
We booked accommodation for four nights in an Airbnb flat hundred meters from Högdalen metro station. It was an ordinary flat in a huge block, but interesting, since the building is covered in coloured plexiglass panels from the outside and being lighted up at night. It’s like Northern lights, except that there is blue, red, yellow, orange in addition to greens. That’s the one, during daytime and at night:

We scheduled an abundance of programs for the four days and my intent with this storytelling was to dedicate one episode for each day, but if I want to tell you a little bit more of every interesting location we’ve seen, one blog post will end up being too long and superficial. So I’ll try to float somewhere between the two ends and tell you the short story of each place of interest.

You see, I am not a huge fan of museums in general (my apologies). The one I really wanted to see was the National Museum, because there was a Carl Larsson exhibition on the program, but sadly it was voted down by the rest of the party. Why on earth?

That first morning – första morgon – was about the inner city, more specifically the core of the inner city, that is, Riddarholmen and parts of the Old Town. Riddarholmen is a tiny island adjacent to Gamla Stan and can be reached via Riddarholmsbron. It hosts the magnificent Riddarholmskyrka, one of the oldest and most characteristic buildings of the city, resting place for Swedish monarchs for ages. Its tower was made of cast iron, a magnificent ornament which looks like a delicate lace.  When a knight of the Order of the Seraphim dies, his coat of arms is hung in the church and when the funeral takes place the church’s bells are ringing.

Other buildings of importance are the Svea Court of Appeal, the National Archives of Sweden, the Stenbock Palaces, the Kammarrätten i Stockholm and other legal buildings.

As you cross the bridge on your way back to the old town, you’ll find Riddarhuset on the left, a 1600s building, the meeting house of nobility. The last pictures are details of Gamla Stan, to which I shall dedicate another blog post.

To be continued …

 

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