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we arrive in Stockholm...
we arrive in Stockholm...
...and take an apartment in Södermalm for four weeks
...and take an apartment in Södermalm for four weeks
time to go sightseeing, starting with the park across the street
time to go sightseeing, starting with the park across the street
up above us is an historic hospital
up above us is an historic hospital
the climb up will give us a view over town from the cliff
the climb up will give us a view over town from the cliff
Södermalm is an old and once-poor part of Stockholm...
Södermalm is an old and once-poor part of Stockholm...
...with a fantastic view of the central part of town...
...with a fantastic view of the central part of town...
...and all over the several islands making up the city
...and all over the several islands making up the city
looking eastward toward the Baltic
looking eastward toward the Baltic
looking back up the cliff from the wharf
looking back up the cliff from the wharf
up on the cliff again, among the old houses
up on the cliff again, among the old houses
there are bicycles all over town; you'll see them in later photos
there are bicycles all over town; you'll see them in later photos
lots of brick faces in Stockholm's older areas...
lots of brick faces in Stockholm's older areas...
...and quiet streets during the summer holidays
...and quiet streets during the summer holidays
entering the churchyard of Katarina kyrka...
entering the churchyard of Katarina kyrka...
...a stately Stockholm landmark on Södermalm
...a stately Stockholm landmark on Södermalm
many historic houses have survived on this island
many historic houses have survived on this island
Sofia kyrka, on the east end of Södermalm
Sofia kyrka, on the east end of Södermalm
the peculiar Globen arena, south of Södermalm
the peculiar Globen arena, south of Södermalm
walking the neigborhoods...
walking the neigborhoods...
...near the southern theatre
...near the southern theatre
here's another way down to the water...
here's another way down to the water...
...to stop in the Stockholm city museum
...to stop in the Stockholm city museum
an interesting display on play and playgrounds in the city
an interesting display on play and playgrounds in the city
and a deep display of building styles, materials, etc.
and a deep display of building styles, materials, etc.
plus some re-created historic interiors
plus some re-created historic interiors
the Katarina elevator as it once appeared...
the Katarina elevator as it once appeared...
...and today, just outside the museum
...and today, just outside the museum
back in our neighborhood
back in our neighborhood
it doesn't take long to walk to a quiet neighborhood (here, the island of Reimersholme)
it doesn't take long to walk to a quiet neighborhood (here, the island of Reimersholme)
some new architecture...
some new architecture...
...and some new technology (here, solar power)
...and some new technology (here, solar power)
but: there are still pockets of older technology!
but: there are still pockets of older technology!
the Slussen lock and bridges connect Södermalm to Gamla Stan...
the Slussen lock and bridges connect Södermalm to Gamla Stan...
...the original island and center of Stockholm
...the original island and center of Stockholm
it has some lovely 16th-c. streets and squares
it has some lovely 16th-c. streets and squares
the castle also: here's a daily changing of the guard
the castle also: here's a daily changing of the guard
we escape the crowds to a back street
we escape the crowds to a back street
Stockholm spreads all around Gamla Stan
Stockholm spreads all around Gamla Stan
remember what we said about bicycles?
remember what we said about bicycles?
city archeologists still find things here when buildings are repaired
city archeologists still find things here when buildings are repaired
Stortorget (the Big Square); coins from the 13th-c. have been found here
Stortorget (the Big Square); coins from the 13th-c. have been found here
crossing the Riksbron isn't bad some days...
crossing the Riksbron isn't bad some days...
...but watch out on weekends!
...but watch out on weekends!
a mermaid lures us down under the northern bridge...
a mermaid lures us down under the northern bridge...
...to the Middle Ages museum
...to the Middle Ages museum
a model of Gamla Stan, where Stockholm began
a model of Gamla Stan, where Stockholm began
a relic of the first city wall
a relic of the first city wall
some re-created dyes for medieval paints
some re-created dyes for medieval paints
hey, this guy has an arrow-hole in his head!
hey, this guy has an arrow-hole in his head!
hmmm... time to get out of here
hmmm... time to get out of here
we take a local train out to Lidingö, home to Millesgården...
we take a local train out to Lidingö, home to Millesgården...
...former residence of artists Olga and Carl Milles
...former residence of artists Olga and Carl Milles
Towards Another World
Towards Another World
the Hand of God
the Hand of God
Icarus
Icarus
looks like Jay is concerned about joint strength in one of those sculptures
looks like Jay is concerned about joint strength in one of those sculptures
in town again, now heading for Skeppsholmen (ship's island)
in town again, now heading for Skeppsholmen (ship's island)
the sky is changing rapidly today
the sky is changing rapidly today
a view back toward Södermalm
a view back toward Södermalm
now we are at the Moderna Museet...
now we are at the Moderna Museet...
...which this year is featuring photography
...which this year is featuring photography
here's Irving Penn on a familiar face
here's Irving Penn on a familiar face
in another wing, a great collection of Soviet posters...
in another wing, a great collection of Soviet posters...
...and down the central aisle, more art that moves
...and down the central aisle, more art that moves
on the Skeppsholm bridge again, heading toward Norrmalm...
on the Skeppsholm bridge again, heading toward Norrmalm...
...for a visit to the National Museum
...for a visit to the National Museum
it's a lovely building with an eclectic mix of Swedish and foreign art
it's a lovely building with an eclectic mix of Swedish and foreign art
some classics of Scandinavian design!
some classics of Scandinavian design!
out in Norrmalm again, the central business area of Stockholm
out in Norrmalm again, the central business area of Stockholm
a long view toward Stadshuset (city hall)
a long view toward Stadshuset (city hall)
the city hall complex is at the tip of Kungholmen...
the city hall complex is at the tip of Kungholmen...
...giving good views over water to the west...
...giving good views over water to the west...
...and east...
...and east...
...and south to our island
...and south to our island
now we're back in Norrmalm
now we're back in Norrmalm
here's the Museum of the Mediterranean...
here's the Museum of the Mediterranean...
...a collection of art and history from all around that sea
...a collection of art and history from all around that sea
works from Egypt and Cyprus...
works from Egypt and Cyprus...
...share space with graceful Islamic designs
...share space with graceful Islamic designs
uh-oh...
uh-oh...
a great collection of pottery from all ages and areas
a great collection of pottery from all ages and areas
out on the streets in Östermalm
out on the streets in Östermalm
the historic 'saluhall' or covered market
the historic 'saluhall' or covered market
lots of traditional foods here...
lots of traditional foods here...
...and at least one rare type
...and at least one rare type
the nautical theme is evident in several of the buildings around town
the nautical theme is evident in several of the buildings around town
that's gotta hurt
that's gotta hurt
now we're on Strandvägen, a row of 19th-c. houses facing Skeppsholmen
now we're on Strandvägen, a row of 19th-c. houses facing Skeppsholmen
a little bit of advertising for the building trades
a little bit of advertising for the building trades
Oscarskyrkan, another turn-of-the-century gem
Oscarskyrkan, another turn-of-the-century gem
now we're at the Historiska museum, which houses Sweden's largest collection of antiquities
now we're at the Historiska museum, which houses Sweden's largest collection of antiquities
a model of Birka, a Viking-era trading center and proto-town
a model of Birka, a Viking-era trading center and proto-town
the Istaby runestone, the oldest known example of this common Swedish relic
the Istaby runestone, the oldest known example of this common Swedish relic
easily the largest collection of Viking-era combs we've ever seen!
easily the largest collection of Viking-era combs we've ever seen!
also unexpected: the museum describes how 'Vikings' were practically invented in the 19th century
also unexpected: the museum describes how 'Vikings' were practically invented in the 19th century
a generous collection of medieval church art from all over Sweden
a generous collection of medieval church art from all over Sweden
in this tradition, Mary is blond
in this tradition, Mary is blond
another tradition
another tradition
Eve before the fall, in baroque style
Eve before the fall, in baroque style
now we pass the Opera house, on our way to Vasastan in the north part of the city
now we pass the Opera house, on our way to Vasastan in the north part of the city
here's Stockholm's Jewish museum...
here's Stockholm's Jewish museum...
...a learning center about traditions and Sweden's Jewish history
...a learning center about traditions and Sweden's Jewish history
a model of the synagogue in the southern city of Malmö
a model of the synagogue in the southern city of Malmö
the pulpit from the 19th-c. synagogue on Gamla Stan
the pulpit from the 19th-c. synagogue on Gamla Stan
an amusing display on the contributions of Jews to comic books
an amusing display on the contributions of Jews to comic books
later that day, crossing the Sankt Eriks bridge to Kungsholmen
later that day, crossing the Sankt Eriks bridge to Kungsholmen
in the middle of the island, a tiny Jewish cemetery (Aronsberg) dating from 1776
in the middle of the island, a tiny Jewish cemetery (Aronsberg) dating from 1776
a few blocks away, the second burial ground (Kronoberg), from 1782
a few blocks away, the second burial ground (Kronoberg), from 1782
back on Södermalm, this house sheltered Jewish immigrants in the 1920's
back on Södermalm, this house sheltered Jewish immigrants in the 1920's
this building on Gamla Stan was a synagogue from 1795 thru the 19th-c.
this building on Gamla Stan was a synagogue from 1795 thru the 19th-c.
now at the edge of Norrmalm, a memorial to Raoul Wallenberg
now at the edge of Norrmalm, a memorial to Raoul Wallenberg
this part of the memorial, a railroad with bricks from the Budapest wartime ghetto...
this part of the memorial, a railroad with bricks from the Budapest wartime ghetto...
...leads to the Great Synagogue of Stockholm
...leads to the Great Synagogue of Stockholm
the building was designed in oriental style by a Swedish architect...
the building was designed in oriental style by a Swedish architect...
...and opened in 1870
...and opened in 1870
the ark, with many scrolls
the ark, with many scrolls
an unusual torah shield, with the emblem of the Swedish monarchy
an unusual torah shield, with the emblem of the Swedish monarchy
a memorial to Shoah victims remembered by immigrant Jews after the war
a memorial to Shoah victims remembered by immigrant Jews after the war
Marla with the docent at the wall of remembrance
Marla with the docent at the wall of remembrance
on our way along the water again...
on our way along the water again...
...this time heading to Djurgården (the historic royal game park island)...
...this time heading to Djurgården (the historic royal game park island)...
...to visit the Vasa ship museum
...to visit the Vasa ship museum
the great ship sank in 1628, and was raised in 1961
the great ship sank in 1628, and was raised in 1961
this is how it looked when Jay saw it in 1977...
this is how it looked when Jay saw it in 1977...
...but look at it today!
...but look at it today!
the new museum is a remarkable exhibition space
the new museum is a remarkable exhibition space
here's one of the spare sails recovered from inside the ship...
here's one of the spare sails recovered from inside the ship...
...with parts of the rigging intact as well
...with parts of the rigging intact as well
marine archeologists have established many facts about the people who went down with the ship
marine archeologists have established many facts about the people who went down with the ship
most of the flamboyant carvings are still intact
most of the flamboyant carvings are still intact
mocking the enemy (here, the Poles)
mocking the enemy (here, the Poles)
a common danger for sailors
a common danger for sailors
outside again, keeping an eye on the weather
outside again, keeping an eye on the weather
the tip of the Nordiska museum, yet another turn-of-the-century giant
the tip of the Nordiska museum, yet another turn-of-the-century giant
now a day out of town, visiting historic Sigtuna on Lake Mälaren
now a day out of town, visiting historic Sigtuna on Lake Mälaren
visible structures date from before the 16th-c., but the city is Sweden's first, originating in the 10th-c.
visible structures date from before the 16th-c., but the city is Sweden's first, originating in the 10th-c.
runestones have been extracted from the foundations of the church ruins
runestones have been extracted from the foundations of the church ruins
our guides are friends Eric and Lollo, who visited these sites as school children
our guides are friends Eric and Lollo, who visited these sites as school children
the landscape and old buildings are typical of the rocky coastal areas around Stockholm
the landscape and old buildings are typical of the rocky coastal areas around Stockholm
the old church at Skokloster castle
the old church at Skokloster castle
Vaxholm castle, since the 16th-c. a key sea defense against Danes and Russians
Vaxholm castle, since the 16th-c. a key sea defense against Danes and Russians
back in town, we head out to Djurgården again...
back in town, we head out to Djurgården again...
...for a quick stop at the 'biological museum'...
...for a quick stop at the 'biological museum'...
...a kind of taxidermy-in-the-round exhibit
...a kind of taxidermy-in-the-round exhibit
it's a good display of native Swedish species...
it's a good display of native Swedish species...
...and some rarer examples
...and some rarer examples
now we're moving on to Skansen
now we're moving on to Skansen
it's Stockholm's famous collection of vernacular architecture...
it's Stockholm's famous collection of vernacular architecture...
...and northern wildlife...
...and northern wildlife...
...and city water views...
...and city water views...
...and folk customs...
...and folk customs...
...and gardens
...and gardens
Skansen is the world's oldest open-air museum
Skansen is the world's oldest open-air museum
it's also just a great place to walk and get a broad taste of Sweden
it's also just a great place to walk and get a broad taste of Sweden
houses range from the grand...
houses range from the grand...
...to the humble...
...to the humble...
...to the utilitarian
...to the utilitarian
here's a pair built in alottment gardens for factory workers...
here's a pair built in alottment gardens for factory workers...
...originally from Södermalm
...originally from Södermalm
the interior of the red house
the interior of the red house
the creator of Skansen lived here until 1901
the creator of Skansen lived here until 1901
another bicycle!
another bicycle!
heading back to town center via the water's edge
heading back to town center via the water's edge
saying farewell...
saying farewell...
...and reflecting on our great time in Stockholm...
...and reflecting on our great time in Stockholm...
pano: Stockholm harbor from Norrmalm
pano: Stockholm harbor from Norrmalm
pano: Stockholm harbor from Södermalm
pano: Stockholm harbor from Södermalm
pano: cruise ship from Södermalm
pano: cruise ship from Södermalm