Venue: Stockholm and Örebro, Sweden
Lens: Nikkor 50 mm f/1.4
Music: Abba – Happy New Year ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Uo0JAUWijM)
Happy New Year everyone and my best wishes for 2017! Here is my post with more photos of Sweden as already promised last year (
https://kirilson.com/2016/12/22/konst-in-and-under-stockholm/). Apart from the amazing metro stations in Stockholm I managed to explore a bit more on the surface of the Swedish capital, as well as visit one of the other big cities around – Örebro (pronounced more like Orebroo). So here are the photos with my usual (hopefully entertaining) comments below, and once again have a great 2017 everyone.
We start from Stockholm and its Old town (Gamla stan) located on a small island in the centre of the archipelago that makes up the whole city. This old part of Stockholm is now mostly a touristy area with lots of little cobblestone streets and small cute houses serving as cafes and souvenir shops. This particular restaurant should be “under the chestnuts” as suggested by the name.
The main square in Gamla stan, called Stortorget, was hosting a small Christmas market in the last weeks of 2016. The “Sockervadd!” sign with Santa below actually advertises cotton candy.
Along the coast of the many islands in Stockholm you can find various boats with restaurants or houses for the people to live.
A larger panorama of the coastline of central Stockholm as seen from the island of Djurgarden that hosts most of the museums.
A part of an exposition in the Skansen museum that represents the way Swedish people used to live in the past. The woman dressed in traditional clothes from the past explained that in the cold Scandinavian winters with barely any food back in the day it was a standard practice to eat the bark of some trees.
Another part of Skansen showing the traditional Swedish houses and means of living.
Going further in the past – a Viking tombstone inscribed with runes (unsurprisingly also called a runestone). Pretty cool, right?
And these are the raised wooden houses of the other local people living further up in the Scandinavian north – the Sami people.
Last bit of Skansen – an exposition of a glass maker’s shop from the more recent past.
And this is the view towards one of the other major museums – Nordiska. At 2:30 pm the sun was already under the horizon and the grey sky was turning darker.
Evening in central Stockholm from one of the fancy rooftop restaurants in Sodermalm (the south hill).
One last shot of the famous houses in Stortorget square in Gamla stan on the next day shortly before taking the train to Orebro.
Two hours and 150 kilometers later it was already dark and time for an evening walk in the centre of Orebro.
And here is my lovely host, who was very happy to pose for some portrait photos.
This is the main tourist sight in this part of Sweden – the Orebro castle, intentionally made by me on the photo to look a more creepy than usual.
The next day we found an extremely cosy little place for traditional breakfast – coffee with pastries next to a beautiful old sunlit piano.
Some old kitchen tools used just for show – the actual kitchen of the cafe was much more modern-looking.
Another look in the past – the Wadkoping area on one side of the centre in Orebro is built to resemble a typical small Swedish village from the past with the dark-red pointy-roof houses. Some of these houses serve as museums and souvenir shops, but many are home to the more nostalgic families in the region.
One of the houses in Wadkoping with live grass growing on the roof – the typical Swedish red color of the houses derives from the iron ore that is abundant in these areas.
Another cute piece of Wadkoping – the open air theater scene with wooden benches for the spectators. Unfortunately as you can imagine it’s not really used throughout the year in Sweden.
On its west side Orebro is situated along one of the big Swedish lakes and one can experience some pristine nature and really feel the roughness and loneliness of the countryside. The little red “bookstore” remains always open on the path to the lake for anyone that enjoys reading a nice book with a view.
In the fall and winter seasons however, one can enjoy more a little jog for warming up.
This is what I referred to above as roughness of the Swedish nature. But even in the end of November there were a few eager bird-watchers hoping to spot some remaining life. In spring and summer the lake is actually home to thousands of birds (and a few mosquitoes).
This empty bench put on a small elevation overlooking the lake is probably a great place to ponder over the great questions of life. But it was little bit too cold for that..
..so we went to warm up in the cosy Erik Rosenbergs stuga – a small cabin on the side of the lake. It’s kept well-heated by the municipality and is freely open during the day so that passers-by can take some rest and have a snack or a drink (as long as they bring it themselves). With this the short Swedish trip was over and it was time to fly back home.