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Last Saturday I went to Stockholm with two friends and we played tourists in our own country and had a great day taking pictures, visiting lots of small obscure stores and taking nice coffee breaks in coffee shops with medieval vaults. I haven't spent a full day with A and M in ages, and we had a great train ride both to and from Stockholm, talking about cats and old tv shows and everything in between, and then strolling under umbrellas in the rain over the cobblestones of Old Town, dashing into stores to look at silly antiques, books and crafts.
My chest was filled with love and my tummy with dinner and a giant piece of coconut cake when the day was done.



St. Clara cathedral in the sun

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The church is getting invaded and eaten quite aesthetically by vines

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The vines are taking over the windows...

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There are a lot of cool details on the buildings, snakes in the orchard...

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..and protective ravens

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M on the "The Knights Islet bridge" looking out over the water (some of my hair blowing in the corner there too)

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A little statue of a beggar fox with a kit

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Support for Chinese citizens that left the party (near the royal palace)

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There was some hubbub going on at the royal courtyard, and we joined the tourists to figure out what it was...

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It turned out to be a parade with serious-jawed young men in uniform!

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..and a band in royal colors!

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We walked through the maze of cool little alleys from the middle ages

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..where the ambiance is thick and rich

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can you imagine everyone emptying their potties from their windows on these little streets in the 1300's?

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A seriously weird looking store that was closed, with a desperate & sickly crossdressing mannequin in the window. We really wanted to rescue him, just not enough to break the glass..

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We took more than one food/beverage break while walking. The last one was in a coffee shop with vaults from the 1400's, before Columbus!

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There is a special peace and tranquility settling down after hot tea and cake between these kind of walls...

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I am going to the US tomorrow, just for a week, for a big family get together. It is going to be so damn good to kiss the geek again and see the family.

Date: 2009-10-06 08:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stefan11.livejournal.com
This is awesome.

The pics (some of them) remind me the Old Warsaw.

I love that fox.

BTW, is there any good jazz these days in Stockholm?

Oh Poland, I miss thee..

Date: 2009-10-06 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
There probably is good jazz still, but I'd have to ask around to figure out where. In Uppsala you go to café Katalin for jazz, but I'm no expert on Stockholm...
Edited Date: 2009-10-06 09:00 pm (UTC)

Re: I also like the vines

Date: 2009-10-07 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I know, such soulful eyes, you want to share your sandwich with her!

Re: I also like the vines

Date: 2009-10-07 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chocolatebark.livejournal.com
And I don't even have a sandwich!

Re: I also like the vines

Date: 2009-10-07 01:49 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
embarrass yourself by giving your spare change to a statue?

Date: 2009-10-06 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mojodragonfly.livejournal.com
I'd love this place, I know it!!

Date: 2009-10-07 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Told you so! But invest in umbrellas!

Date: 2009-10-06 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombienought.livejournal.com
can you imagine everyone emptying their potties from their windows on these little streets in the 1300's?

The ambience would indeed be "thick and
rich", like in NYC or New Orleans. :P

That fox statues is amazing!

I hope you got to eat good bread.

Have a safe and good trip! Look for mail
from Texas.

Date: 2009-10-07 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
There are the most amazing stone oven baked breads sold in the stores now, they're named after norse gods (Oden, Tor, Balder, Loke, etc), and they're sooo good, I know you'd love them.

You made me curious about my mail now, I hope I get it during my narrow window of one week in the states!

Date: 2009-10-07 03:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zombienought.livejournal.com
Nothing big. It's just a card that's a
year late, doing double duty. :P It
should reach you during that one week.

Date: 2009-10-08 03:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
aha, okay, I'll stop envisioning plasma tv:s and jewelry boxes then, I like cards too... :P

Date: 2009-10-06 10:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] berchshill.livejournal.com
I loved that café until the neo-nazis started hanging out there. But that was in the late '80s. How nice to catch the changing of the guard during the off-season!
Enjoy your trip home!

Date: 2009-10-07 01:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Gråmunken, really? not a neo nazi in sight, but a few peeps from the middle east.

Date: 2009-10-06 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aquilinum.livejournal.com
Thank you for sharing this post!

Date: 2009-10-07 01:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
My pleasure, it's easy to share a good day like this one was!

Date: 2009-10-07 04:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kejn.livejournal.com
great pics!

have a safe flight!

Date: 2009-10-08 03:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
It was safe, and I have safely arrived!

Date: 2009-10-07 05:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tuckova.livejournal.com
GREAT pictures, thank you for posting them.

Date: 2009-10-08 03:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
De nada, it's really interesting to try viewing things I've seen many times from the viewpoint of a tourist.

Date: 2009-10-07 05:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dianaparadise.livejournal.com
Brought back some lovely memories from my trip in 2005. Would love to visit Sweden again. I also remember discovering an amazing ice-cream place in one of those little streets...

Date: 2009-10-08 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I also remember discovering an amazing ice-cream place in one of those little streets..

I think I know which one you mean, and it's still there!

Date: 2009-10-07 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jhvilas.livejournal.com
So pretty. Thank you.

Date: 2009-10-08 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Glad you like it!

Date: 2009-10-07 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] browniegirl322.livejournal.com
beautiful!

But they leave me feeling claustrophobic, i must admit!

Date: 2009-10-08 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Not all the streets are as narrow as these little alleys, they are crossed by much broader steets with larger stores and restaurants!

Date: 2009-10-07 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] flavorpacket.livejournal.com
Thank you for sharing your trip with us!

Date: 2009-10-08 03:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
I'm happy you guys want to share it with me, makes it so much more fun to post about.

Wonderful Sights!

Date: 2009-10-08 02:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lelain.livejournal.com
That was totally awesome! I LOVE those pics! Thanks for sharing - I don't get to travel much but some day wish to.

Re: Wonderful Sights!

Date: 2009-10-10 10:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
Maybe I'll make another post just with runestones and viking trivia, just for you!

Re: Wonderful Sights!

Date: 2009-10-12 01:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lelain.livejournal.com
That would be too Cool!

Date: 2009-10-13 02:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jlsjlsjls.livejournal.com
Buildings so old that their roots go down past bedrock ... what a marvelously satiating picture-feast!

Date: 2009-10-13 03:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sealwhiskers.livejournal.com
haha, wait until I get to the castles! ;)
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