The colours of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town
Stockholm’s Old Town.
Beautifully coloured buildings. Narrow alleys. Swedish signage.
I love the mystery of trying to parse a different language, even when I’ve twisted my tongue into unrecognizably knotted grunts.
With the summer solstice in late-June, the days are long, and skies remain lit until the wee hours of the morning. You can walk through the streets of the old town by day, like other visitors who’ve come to enjoy the place. But I highly recommend you navigate the streets at night. By mid-evening, activities wind down, and eventually, you’ve basically the quiet streets all to yourself.
Please do yourself a favour — go to Stockholm in the summertime. Yes, it is more expensive compared to other European destinations. But, with highlights including Gamla Stan, Östermalm, Södermalm, Djurgården, Skogskyrkogården, and heading out into the archipelago (Vaxholm) by boat, you’re missing out if you skip this city.
I made the photos above on 25, 26, and 27 June 2008, just after the northern summer solstice. This post is published on Fotoeins Fotopress (fotoeins.com), and is making me long for Scandinavia once again.
With wonderful timing by JustTravelous, Yvonne writes about her recent trip to Sweden and shows us her love of Sweden in an Instagram diary.
Here are my other posts about Stockholm: