Today the wonderful and resourceful Ms W took me on a lovely tour of Gamla Stan (Old Town). She had done her homework and peppered our nice walk with interesting facts about the heart of Stockholm.
Gamla Stan is only a small part of modern day Stockholm but in days of yore Gamla Stan was Stockholm.
Naturally I took some photos of Gamla Stan for you.
To reward my tour guide I bought her a Sunday roast, it was in an Irish bar in GS. It was nice and considering I havent had a sunday dinner for almost 3 months it was welcome. It was I am sorry to say not a patch on my mothers fantastic Sunday roast but it was passable. Mind you I dont know what she would have thought of a Sunday lunch which included butternut squash and spinach!
Stockholms Old Town has some fascinating streets and shops. They are full of character as you can see from the photos. I have been to many of Europes’ old town quarters but what I liked about Gamla Stan was the fact the tourists stuck to one thoroughfare and ignored the rest. Very strange but good for us locals.
Ms W had to post a letter and we started off in the local paper shop. This was interesting in itself as it tripled up as both a post office and a betting shop. I was delighted to see a Lazio scarf on the wall!
Ms W pointed out the ‘gossip mirrors’. These are contraptions that allow the people in the flats to see whats going on below! I guess it saves on the neck ache.
It was interesting to see St George and the dragon, that guy must have done some miles! His influence seems to be everywhere except he is called Goran here which is Swedish for George. Sven George Eriksson doesnt sound right does it?
This was a copy of the original sculpture which stands in the impressive church in Gamla Stan. The sculptor has ‘nordicised’ the creature a bit by giving him elk like antlers.
When we walked past the Royal Castle there were some guards doing drills. There are a few photos of this and took some video footage to upload. It was wierd to hear Swedish being used in a military way, vad roligt!
I popped into the Royal Castle shop and naturally left with a new book tucked under my arm. Its a coffee table book on the history of Sweden, it looks an interesting read with some great photos.
This is definitely one of the main reasons why I am enjoying my time in Stockholm. There is so much history, architecture, items of interest to see. Yes Stockholm is an expensive place but all the things (bar the Sunday Roast!) were free. I cant wait for the summer to come so I can explore the archipelago and get out into the Swedish countryside.
For those of you who asked, Molde was fine, the airplane was not a second world war effort but a decent craft. The flight was smooth and Molde? Beautiful. The Norwegian Western Coast is truly magnificent.