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Gamla Stan, from Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden,

Fotoeins Friday: Stockholm call to summer

From the vantage point of neighbouring Skeppsholmen island, the Old Town in Stockholm beckons softly to the visitor with visual promises of pointed roofs, colourful facades, and narrow passageways. Summer days are very long and there’s little “dark of night” at these high latitudes; there’s no point going to sleep when the sun pops back up at 330 in the morning. But wherever you are in Stockholm, there’s always something new to find in either open spaces or hidden corners, by day or at night.

More from Stockholm:

•   Why Stockholm is super
•   Daytrip to Vaxholm in Stockholm’s archipelago
•   The colours of Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s Old Town
•   Say Hej! to Lisa in the Saluhall, Östermalm Stockholm
•   Greeting Greta Garbo in Stockholm’s SkogskyrkogĂĄrden

I made the photo above on 26 June 2008 with the Canon EOS450D (XSi), EF-S 18-55 IS kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/500s, f/5.6, ISO200, and 35mm focal-length (56mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

My Stockholm: the colours of Gamla Stan

Buildings with bright beautiful colours.
Narrow cobblestone alleys.
Street signage with few consonants.

This is Gamla Stan: Stockholm’s Old Town.

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.

Gilded crown, Skeppsholmsbron, Skeppsholmen, Stockholms ström, Stockholm, Sweden,

View of the Stockholms ström inner harbour from Skeppsholmsbron (Skeppsholm island bridge).

Högvaktsterrassen, Hauptwachsterrassen, Main Guard Terrace, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

From Högvaktsterrassen (Main Guard Terrace): Riddarhuset (House of Nobility, left); Mynttorget (Coin Square, centre foreground); Riksdagshuset (Parliament House, centre background)

Kornhamnstorg, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Statue of Engelbrekt Engelbrektsson at Kornhamnstorg (Grain Harbour Square)

Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Standing tall, at Stortorget (Great Square)

MĂĄrten Trotzigs Grand, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

At Stortorget: Storkyrkan (Grand Church); Börshuset (Stock Exchange Building), now Nobel Museum

Sankt Göran och Draken (St. George & the Dragon), Köpmanbrinken, Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden

Sankt Göran och Draken (St. George & the Dragon), at Köpmanbrinken (Merchant’s Slope)

Gamla Stan from Skeppsholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

Grey rainy skies over Gamla Stan, from Skeppsholmen island

Gamla Stan and Strömmen, from Katerinavägen, Södermalm, Sweden

Gamla Stan and Strömmen, from Katerinavägen, Södermalm : 1130pm

Tyska Brinken at Prästgatan, Gamla Stan, Sweden

Tyska Brinken at Prästgatan : midnight

Börshuset, Nobelmuseet, Stortorget, Gamla Stan, Sweden

At Stortorget : Börshuset / Nobelmuseet, minutes after midnight

Please do yourself a favour — go to Stockholm in the summertime. Yes, it’s expensive compared to other European destinations, but worthwhile things to see and do await in Gamla Stan, Ă–stermalm, Södermalm, DjurgĂĄrden, SkogskyrkogĂĄrden, and in the archipelago (e.g., Vaxholm by boat).


•   Daytrip to Vaxholm in Stockholm’s archipelago
•   Say “Hej!” (and to food) at Lisa Elmqvist in Ă–stermalm’s Saluhall market hall
•   Greeting Greta Garbo in the SkogskyrokogĂĄrden

I made the photos above on 25 to 27 June 2008, just after northern summer solstice. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at at

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