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October 6, 2007

Sollentuna bound

We walked over the bridge from our flat in Akalla, heading toward Sollentuna Centrum. Theres an industrial/commercial area on the way, we passed a number of car dealerships and tech offices, Sun, Grundig, LG & Microsoft.

Beyond these theres the main junction with the E4, the main road north from Stockholm, we found the border between Stockholms Kommun and Sollentuna Kommun.

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Entering Sollentuna itself we encountered what appeared as if it should be a shopping centre, but without any shops in - there was a row of blocks of flats with shops underneath them, but it was not like the centre we were expecting to find.

We went around the block where we found the station - and decided it might be worth a look on the other side on the offchance there might be more of the centre there. We discovered a building marked 'Sollentuna Centrum' so that seemed like a good place to look for lunch. No joy. Its just a small building containing a few shops. Just across the way theres another building that looks rather like a car park, which, it turns out, contains a more significant shopping experience. Unfortunately we were there around 4:30 so all of the food shops were closing so we had to opt for a kebab at the one place that still looked open.

October 21, 2007

Kista Landing

I arrived in Kista a couple of months back, I started a job on Torshamnsgatan in the tech district of Stockholm. Now I have some catching up to do to tell you about what I've found here.

Kista (pronounced 'Shiister') is a relatively new district, built over the last 40 years or so, home to much of the technology research and development in Stockholm. You might be forgiven for thinking the whole place was owned by Ericsson, but there are many other companies here.

IMGP1221.JPG One of the Ericsson offices
IMGP1222.JPG Boulevards in the area
IMGP1237.JPG Kista Science Tower

A walk around Helenelund

If instead of walking toward the Galleria from my office you cross the E4 and railway line you find yourself in Helenelund, a residential district on the edge of Sollentuna, itself a suburb of Stockholm. Trains run from Helenelund to Central Station.

IMGP1236.JPG Pendeltag or J-Train station at Helenelund
IMGP1233.JPG The shopping centre by the station
IMGP1223.JPG Some tags on a lamppost, I've no idea what they mean
IMGP1226.JPG Roadsigns at the junction of residential roads
IMGP1232.JPG Cycle/Pedestrian paths - there are lots of these 'little roads', making two networks seperating vehicle and pedestrian traffic

Along the waterfront

Stockholm has a lot of waterfront - it is a city made of islands, 24000 of them in the archipelago although the city centre rests on something like 10 main islands at the junction between the Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren. It is not surprising, therefore, to find lots of interesting things on the waterfront.

IMGP1253.JPG Spirit of the Wild photo exhibition in Nybroplan/Berzelii Park
IMGP1288.JPG Data obelisks
IMGP1242.JPG Naval band

Central Station

Like many cities, Stockholm has a central station where everything converges - all the 'pendeltag' and inter-city trains stop here, and the underground (tunnelbana) lines all pass through T-Centrallen, connected to central station. There is also a coach station here for long distance coaches.

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Going underground

The underground train system in Stockholm is called 'tunnelbana', t-bana or T-train for short. There are three lines, imaginatively named 'red', 'green' and 'blue', though they missed a trick of making the trains the same colour as the line they're running - I assume because they use the same trains on the different lines. A lot of the stations, especially on the blue line (the one through Kista) are hewn out of solid rock and left fairly rugged on the inside, feeling more like a cave than the London tube system I'm used to. The stations are also less infested with advertising, instead containing quite a lot of artwork to brighten them up.

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Taking a walk down Valhalla Avenue

Valhallavägen forms the northeast boundary of the city centre, running north of Östermalm from the 1912 Olympic Stadium to Ladugårdsgärdet. It was built as part of the regeneration of Östermalm from slum dockland to the plush part of the city it remains to this day.

The stadium is far smaller than we expect these days - these days they need to support a whole village of TV crews and technologists as well as the athletes.

The avenue itself is a broad, treed road with traffic along each side and paths and parking in the centre, under the trees.

Ladugårdsgärdet is a large area of parkland, more like Hampstead Heath than, say, Hyde Park, it connects with Djurgården, home of Skansen and Gronalund.

IMGP1271.JPG Valhallagrillen
IMGP1276.JPG The avenue
IMGP1282.JPG Some stones marking the entrance to Ladugårdsgärdet

Karlavägen

IMGP1290.JPG A sculpture outside a college
IMGP1291.JPG One of many churches built on lumps of rock

Söderhallarna

Södermalm is, in some ways, the Boulevard Saint-Germain of Stockholm, a bohemian island where all the cool kids hang out. In the centre of the island, just over the way from Medborgarplatsen T-Bana station is the Söderhallarna library and arthouse complex. Inside its quite a confused place, trying to be a number of things at the same time without being able to decide which it really is. Its a meeting place, a concert hall, a shopping centre, a cinema and an eating place. And probably some other things too.

IMGP1297.JPG The square
IMGP1300.JPG The entrance to the underground parkering-hus
IMGP1302.JPG Looking back toward the square
IMGP1303.JPG Looking back toward the square again

Södermalm

A walk around the island of Södermalm
IMGP1305.JPG Thor fishing with his hammer beating the monster of the sea in Mariatorget
IMGP1318.JPG Some wonderful architecture
IMGP1325.JPG Skyline
IMGP1328.JPG The mouth of the Söderledstunneln
IMGP1329.JPG More skyline

Djurgården

Animal garden - this island is home of Skansen, among other things. A place reserved for cultural highlights of the city. We were there to visit the aquarium, but took a walk along the waterfront back to Kungstradgården T-bana. Find the aquarium was a bit of an adventure, most other things on the island are well signposted. Its hiding behind an arthouse, but we found it across the no-mans-land car park from Grona Lund.

The aquarium itself, although quite small, is nicely set up. With a number of sections, including a rainy rain forest and a (thankfully non-smelly) sewer. We had lunch looking out over the Baltic harbour, across to the cruise liner dock on Södermalm. Watching the Waxholms Bolaget ferries sailing back and forth. This is a wonderful location, worth the entrance cost on its own, never mind the fisk.

IMGP1428.JPG An alleyway by the waterfront
IMGP1430.JPG Fusebox
IMGP1431.JPG Djurgården 9 ferry
IMGP1432.JPG Cars on a jetty
IMGP1433.JPG Cart
IMGP1441.JPG Poet
IMGP1442.JPG Poets view
IMGP1444.JPG Nordica museum
IMGP1445.JPG Looking across to Östermalm
IMGP1446.JPG A god on a bridge

October 30, 2007

Akalla

Some pictures from around our flat in Akalla.

IMGP1447.JPG An office & restaurant
IMGP1450.JPG Microsoft offices
IMGP1452.JPG Our flat (yes, that is a dual carriage way...nice and quiet)
IMGP1465.JPG The bridge over the road
IMGP1466.JPG The front of our apartment building
IMGP1467.JPG A concrete horse - the roads here are said to be infested with "farmers farming concrete cows", because many roadworks are barricaded off with blocks of concrete that look like cows, this is a variant on the same theme. I tried, but failed, to explain Milton Keynes....as an aside, "A Swedish Organization called The Militant Graffiti Artists of Stockholm has kidnapped and decapitated one of the cows of the Stockholm [cow parade] in protest of the publicly provisioned cows carrying advertisements."
IMGP1486.JPG A roadside cast dog

November 1, 2007

Sollentuna again

After returning from our previous explorations of Sollentuna I took a look at the map and noticed that beyond the centre we found there is a lake. So I set off to find it.

IMGP1453.JPG Heading north from Akalla
IMGP1454.JPG A little man to greet visitors
IMGP1456.JPG Typical Swedish suburbia
IMGP1459.JPG An old car
IMGP1461.JPG The lake

Akalla park

Running along behind Kista, Husby and Akalla there is a valley containing a large park. This was a bit of a surprise - I'd found a bit of it before when I was exploring out from Kista but had thought it was just a childrens play area so didn't wander around much. Approaching from Akalla station it is obvious it is a large park. There are a number of attractions including Pony Riding and Minigolf. Both closed at this time of year.

IMGP1469.JPG Minigolf with Akalla flats in the background
IMGP1472.JPG As I was taking this picture I was approached by an old man who asked if I was going to send the picture to Stockholms Stadmuseum (the owners of the park) - he explained that there is a big problem of stolen cars being abandoned like this and cluttering up the park, he would like to see them be cleared more quickly. Indeed, there do seem to be quite a disproportionate amount of abandoned stolen cars around this whole area, its not just in the park. I explained that I was going to put the photo up on the net and that I would explain what it was.
IMGP1476.JPG Husby grave grounds - this is an ancient burial site, with around 40 mounds.
IMGP1478.JPG The site of the earliest known Husby village, over the hill from the grave grounds.

November 3, 2007

Kista sunset

Some shots of the Kista & Akalla area at sunfall
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Hägerstalund

If instead of heading toward my office from the flat in Akalla I were to head the other way, I would find myself in Hägerstalund and Barkaby Flygfält, a small airfield with a suprisingly sloping runway.

Hägerstalund appears to be a small fairly traditional farmstead, with an emphasis on horses although not quite like a stable we would get back home. (not that I really know anything about stables, mind). It is on the edge of the Hansta nature reserve, followed the path around the edge of the nature reserve and was surprised to find a collection of small aircraft hangers.

Further around my circuit I found a motocross course (MC-bana on the map, which makes sense if you know what it is), but by the time I was there it was getting dark so no pictures of it.

IMGP1495.JPG An aircraft
IMGP1496.JPG Professionally painted guiding lines
IMGP1497.JPG A car hiding in the woods
IMGP1500.JPG One of the oldest known roads in the area, believed to be over 1000 years old (if my reading of the explanatory notice is correct) - something about this road felt really friendly, but I don't know what

November 4, 2007

Edsberg slott

At the very northern point of the Edsviken lake is Edsbergs Slott, what appears to be a fortified manor or castle looking down the length of the lake. Some of the formal gardens are still maintained although it appears that the castle itself is no longer used as such - I didn't investigate too closely but there was no sign of it being used either as a home or a tourist attraction, more like a council office.

In the grounds, though, there is a new-ish art centre perched upon a nearby rock outcrop.

On my way back to Akalla from the Slott I found yet another part to Sollentuna, a large out-of-town style shopping centre with plenty of access and parking for cars but somewhat pedestrian unfriendly (not as bad as some examples I've found in the UK, we seem particularly good at unfriendly). The centre contains a really large food (plus home etc things, think Tesco but Swedish) shop, and a number of high street shops. Nothing spectacular on its own but combined with the other two centres of Sollentuna makes it quite a well served place, in a retail sense at least.

IMGP1564.JPG Edsberg Slott
IMGP1567.JPG Edsberg Slott
IMGP1569.JPG A bridge to nowhere
IMGP1570.JPG The art centre
IMGP1571.JPG A horse sculpture

Missing Karlberg Slott

Somehow I managed to turn the wrong way out of Karlberg Pendletåg station on my way to the Slott, I could see where I wanted to be, but there was no way to get there short of navigating across a major rail artery, a six metre drop and a dual carriageway. I thought better of it and kept walking to the bridge. Sadly the bridge, Sankt Eriks Bron, took me across the water too, over to Kungsholmen. Climbing up the stairs to the bridge you pass through some wonderful spaces - the bridge is a combined T-Bana and road bridge, so you pass the T-Bana line on the way up to the road level, but underneath that is a derelict space through which a surprising number of people were walking. I assume it was really a pathway or cut through of some kind but I wasn't feeling brave enough to investigate further this time around.

Over on Kungsholmen I wound my way down to the strand and along the waterfront. The Slott across the water. The path passes through a boatyard, past some allotments and into a building site. Looking at the map I see that this is actually very close to Stadshagen, a T-Bana station we got off at looking for adventure and excitment but found only factories and a hospital.

By the time I got to the chemical works it was getting dark, so it was time to start looking for a T-Bana station to get back to T-Centralen.

IMGP1581.JPG How many dicks is that?
IMGP1583.JPG Looking across toward Vasa Staden
IMGP1584.JPG Kungsholms Strand
IMGP1591.JPG Across the water to Vasa Staden
IMGP1593.JPG More of the water
IMGP1600.JPG Betalstation - the checkpoint for the congestion charge
IMGP1602.JPG Some terrible metal animals eating a building
IMGP1604.JPG They are insatiable

November 7, 2007

Slussen harbourside

I had intended to take a boat ride to Vaxholm, but had managed to get myself confused about where to catch it - I first went to the Djurgården ferry jetty. By the time I arrived at the right place I could see what I thought might be the boat I wanted just getting ready to leave. It was one of those moments where if I knew it was the right boat I could have run for it. As it was I thought it wouldn't be too long before the next one. Little did I know it would be three and a half hours before that.

So I went to explore the harbourside on the north of Södermalm. While I was there I found a bizarre little railway line that headed along the base of the cliff parallel to the road, then disappeared into a tunnel and thought that might be an interesting substitute for a boat journey.

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Saltsjöbaden

So I checked the map to find a suitable destination on the line through the tunnel and found my way to the platform.

Saltsjöbaden is a small suburb some distance from the city centre, it is on the end of a penninsular, and hence, on the end of its train line (though apparently the line did have a further station on it, but I can't figure out where the track would have gone). The station is by the Grand Hotel, an impressive waterfront hotel with ample yatch parking.

There are a number of small islands here, some connected to the mainland with small bridges, in some cases only allowing pedestrian access, and in at least one case the bridge was bigger than the island (I'm not sure whether it is tidal here, but I don't think so, theres not much evidence of continuously varing sea levels).

Having found the landing point of the ferry back to Stockholm I decided not to catch the 2:15 ferry and instead wait for the next one. Again, the wrong thing to do since the next was three hours away. So I took a little while to explore around the neighbourhood, which seemed to consist mostly of ostentatious houses perched on rock outcrops.

Boredom set in at around the same point my hands started to freeze so I figured it was time to get the train home rather than wait for the next ferry.

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November 29, 2007

Boat to Vaxholm

Stockholm is a city built of islands - I had intended to explore them before, but had missed the boat. So I got up especially early for a trip to the archipelago. The boat ride is beautiful, taking just over an hour to get to Vaxholm, stopping at a number of islands on the way, but only the ones it needs to stop at, if there is noone waiting at the stop or wishing to get off it won't stop there. By each request jetty there is a circular flag on a stick looking somewhat like a lollipop mans stick, but with a lever to raise or lower the flag.

The sea here is quite calm, it is very sheltered by the islands, though I'm sure it is a good deal wobblier when you get out toward the edges of the archipelago.

Some of the islands are really quite small, with perhaps two or three summer houses on them, though the boat doesn't stop at such small places. There are also a number of larger islands, as well as a couple of stops on the mainland.

One place I would like to explore some more is Gåshaga, the end of the Lidingöbanan, the rail line for the island of Lidingö. Checking the map when I got home suggested a shorter round trip, taking the train back from there, stopping at Ropsten to explore the north side of Djurgården.

The journey back into the centre of Stockholm after dark was wonderful, with many houses lit up against the dark hillsides and forest. The lights building to a crescendo as we arrived back at the quay in the centre of the city.

IMGP1654.JPG Grona Lund
IMGP1655.JPG Giraffe cranes
IMGP1657.JPG A windmill
IMGP1668.JPG Islands
IMGP1670.JPG A lighthouse
IMGP1674.JPG Vaxholm in the distance
IMGP1678.JPG Car ferries
IMGP1679.JPG The ferry Söderarm
IMGP1681.JPG The fort/prison, and a water taxi

December 2, 2007

Vaxholm

I got off the boat to Vaxholm to explore while I awaited the next return boat back to the city centre. The town itself is a small town of around 5000 people, sometimes considered the capital of the archipelago.

It is not a large town, though it does have an impressive castle, standing protecting the waterway connecting Stockholm to the Baltic sea. The town is largely made of wooden built houses, with a few modern buildings of other materials.

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IMGP1690.JPGI took this picture because I liked the ancient trees, but then noticed the driver training setup
IMGP1694.JPG The top of the tourist information building by the town square
IMGP1699.JPG A petrol station
IMGP1704.JPG Signpost
IMGP1705.JPG Sunset over the car ferries

December 3, 2007

Road to Skavsta

I hired a car to collect A from the airport upon her return recently, it had snowed a little in the few days beforehand, but the roads themselves were clear. The cars here come with spiked tyres, which make quite a racket when theres no snow underwheel.

IMGP1711.JPG Lunch stop
IMGP1712.JPG The most boring looking car ever
IMGP1713.JPG On the road
IMGP1720.JPG Snow in the woods by a service area

December 4, 2007

Nyköping

At the end of the road to Skavsta there is the small industrial town of Nyköping, the NYO Skavsta gets its IATA airport code from.

The town itself clearly used to be a major industrial centre, but now it is more of a tourist centre, with the old mills next to the river turned into heritage museums and handcraft shops. Unfortunately I didn't find the river until after dark so didn't get to see it properly, so would like to explore it a little more during daylight.

IMGP1722.JPG Nyköping high street
IMGP1724.JPG A statue in the park
IMGP1726.JPG The park
IMGP1734.JPG A water fountain in the main square
IMGP1736.JPG The main square, looking down the high street
IMGP1739.JPG Some gardens near the industrial heritage area
IMGP1741.JPG More gardens
IMGP1743.JPG A memorial to the industry in the town

December 16, 2007

Igelbäcken natur reserve

Between Kista and the centre of Stockholm the TBana passes through a nature reserve. This forms a part of the cities green belt, and is marked with a series of paths and cross country tracks, with different colours denoting different distance circuits.

IMGP1831.JPG An aerial in Kista
IMGP1835.JPG One of the cross country paths
IMGP1842.JPG Kista science tower in the distance
IMGP1845.JPG An ancient valley
IMGP1837.JPG Another cross country track

December 18, 2007

Nyköping again

One day I'm going to see Nyköping by daylight. But not until we're a bit closer to summer. I took a wander along the riverside from the town centre toward the sea.
IMGP1863.JPG Looking up at the monument to industry
IMGP1866.JPG More Ugly Wood Art
IMGP1871.JPG Floodlit across the water

December 21, 2007

Lilla Rinkeby

Wandering around another part of Kista, next to the nature reserve there is another, quite different, nature reserve. This is a marshy area with a walkway across the swamp to a little birdwatching shelter. The day I was there it had frozen overnight so the walkway was treacherous.

IMGP1893.JPG The walkway
IMGP1896.JPG Looking back at the science tower from another angle

Wandering around Kista again

Exploring Kista some more, on my way back from Lilla Rinkeby I found a few more things to photograph.

IMGP1890.JPG At a school in Kista
IMGP1900.JPG TBana heading toward the station and the Galleria
IMGP1905.JPG The science tower, from yet another angle

January 12, 2008

City centre

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Gamla stan

In the centre of Stockholm is the island of Gamla Stan (actually an area consisting of several islands, for the pedants out there), the old town. While I was walking around I happened upon the Nobel Museum, which was having an open day. So I took a look inside. I guess the biggest surprise (for me at least, I'm sure you all know this) was to find that Alfred Nobel made his money from the manufacture of explosives.

IMGP1909.JPG Looking across toward Södermalm and Högalids kyrka
IMGP1911.JPG A statue
IMGP1914.JPG A typical old street
IMGP1915.JPG The back of the Nobel Museum

January 14, 2008

Marieberg

On the other side of Kungsholmen is an area called Marieberg - I walked through Rålambshovsparken and across the bridge toward Långholmen.

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January 16, 2008

Långholmen

Over the bridge toward Södermalm from Marieberg is the park-island of Långholmen.

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Hornstull

Nearest to Långholmen on the island of Södermalm is an area called Hornstull. This is where Högalids kyrka is. Among other things. The waterfront here looking toward Liljeholmen is beautiful, with The Street market nestled under the road bridge and a pair of railway bridges in the distance.

IMGP1955.JPG A happy post
IMGP1957.JPG The railway bridges
IMGP1958.JPG Some allotements
IMGP1959.JPG The road bridges above the market
IMGP1961.JPG The market
IMGP1963.JPG Looking back toward Kungsholmen
IMGP1966.JPG A view across the water toward the City Centre
IMGP1968.JPG Ariel
IMGP1969.JPG One of the old streets on Södermalm
IMGP1970.JPG A statue outside the debtors prison
IMGP1975.JPG I couldn't resist this shot outside Söderhallarna

February 13, 2008

Kista in the snow again

Another wander around Kista in the snow - previously.

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February 15, 2008

Södertalje

The town of Södertalje lies some 30km to the south of Stockholm. There is a canal passing through the town, joining Lake Mälaren with the Baltic Sea. It is also the home town of Björn Borg. The town itself is a fairly small and unexciting place, though some of the views along the canal give it a little interest.

IMGP2786.JPG The station
IMGP2794.JPG The canal
IMGP2800.JPG Tom Tits Experiment house
IMGP2802.JPG Car park entrance
IMGP2809.JPG The back of Tom Tits
IMGP2811.JPG Subway art

February 17, 2008

Torekällbergets museum

At the top of Bjorn Borg Promenade in Södertalje is Torekällbergets museum, a baby Skansen.

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February 19, 2008

Rinkeby

Beyond the Kista Akalla park lies another string of urban expansion from around the same era as Kista, served by Rinkeby and Hjulsta TBana stations.

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February 20, 2008

Västra skogen

The blue TBana line splits into the Akalla and Hjulsta branches at Västra Skogen, home of the longest escalator in the Stockholm metro system. Unfortunately theres not much else there, just a bunch of flats, a wasteland of motorway junction and the main post sorting office.

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February 21, 2008

Karlberg Slott

I'd been meaning to go back to Karlberg Slott, having missed it last time I tried to get there. This time I approached from Västra Skogen. There appeared not to be much there, a large parade ground outside the castle and a map showing the location of a rune stone in the back garden. But I couldn't find any way into the gardens, so perhaps they're open over summer?

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February 23, 2008

Brevik

We took a ride on Lidingöbanan, down to the boat stop at the end of the line, then walked back a few stops in the hope of finding lunch.

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February 24, 2008

Snowy Södermalm

We visited Södermalm, in the snow this time. It is somehow a very different place.

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February 27, 2008

Häggeby church

Häggeby church is a small church in the village of Häggeby, near Enköping.

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March 2, 2008

Skokloster slott

Skokloster slott lies on the shore of Lake Mälaren. It was something of a surprise to discover since I was following signs toward a motor museum.

Obviously more of a summer place than a winter place it was quite quiet in the area, with some work going on on the castle during its winter closure. The gardens show the remains of the formal layout, but without the maintainance they are now somewhat sad and sorry for themselves. The avenues of trees outlining the garden, though, are mostly the original lime trees planted during the 1600s. Leading to wonderful avenues of ancient trees around the perimeter.

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March 6, 2008

Krägga service station

On my way back from exploring Löt I stopped for a coffee and cinnamon bun at Krägga service station, nestled in a green area between the two carriageways with a picnic area down the hillside to the waterfront.

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March 7, 2008

Nyköping in daylight

We visited Nyköping again, in daylight this time. And found the place full of statues.

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March 11, 2008

Gullmarsplan

We passed Gullmarsplan on the coach from the airport one evening, it looked like a place worth revisiting in the daylight.

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March 12, 2008

Jakobsberg

I caught the first bus to leave Kista one day, it took me to Jakobsberg. Something of an odd place, being grey and concrete much like Kista but someone seems to have stolen all of the art.

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March 13, 2008

Sundbyberg

After Jakobsberg I took the train to Sundbyberg and walked up the hill to Näckrosen.

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March 14, 2008

Another walk to Rinkeby

I followed a different route across the parkland to Rinkeby

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Journey map

March 26, 2008

Another walk around Gamla Stan

We took another walk around the back streets of Gamla Stan.

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March 28, 2008

Hässelby Strand

We went to Hässelby Strand, at the end of the Tunnelbana line. Although the lakeside there is closeby the station there are rather too many blocks of modern flats around the area for it to really be an interesting place.

Some pictures from 1950s (in Swedish, but theres quite a nice collection of pictures on most of the pages there).

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March 29, 2008

Kista woods

This easter it snowed here again - this time I thought I would take a wander in the opposite direction to last time. I found a pathway through some woods which has now been severed by an extensive set of roadworks.

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April 1, 2008

Backstreets of Helenelund

After wandering around Kista woods I took a walk through Helenelund again.

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April 6, 2008

Inverness

I took the bus to Mörby station, which was interesting more for the narrow gauge railway that runs through it than anything else. So I walked back toward town through Inverness.

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April 7, 2008

Ulriksdal Slott

On the way back from Inverness I stopped by Ulriksdal Slott.

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April 8, 2008

Edsviken lakeside

Walking back from Ulriksdal Slott along the lakeside of Lake Edsviken (Swedish).

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April 13, 2008

Odens berg

From the board at the site (I couldn't find any information with Google):


"Här är ett område fullt av historia. Det börjar med Odens Berg under Järnåaldern och går from till statarnas 1930-tal.

Väster om vägen har registrerats ett 60-tal flacka gravar. Vid vägen mot Ärsta ligger ett gravfält med ett 20-tal gravhögar. Att urskilja de flacka fornlämningarna är svårt om man inte är specialist.

De flacka gravformerna tyder på att den äldsta delen i det här fornminnesområdet är det väster om vägen. Där ligger en stor kvadratisk stensättning. Den har tydliga kantstenar och har haft en rest sten i mitten.

Vid undersökningar av gravar har det visat sig att resta stenar placerades på mansgravar. Gravklot ligger följaktligen på kvinnogravar.

Fornlämningarna gränsar till den gamla fastigheten Onsberga. Den hette på 1300-talet Odensberg och tyder på forntida Odenskult här i trakten.

Odens Berg tyckte de först kristnade illa om. Namnet var ju hedniskt och hade att göra med den förkristna tron på Oden, Tor, Frö och de andra gudarna.

Gravhögarna nära Ärsta är med sin välvda form typiska för gravskicket århundradena innan kristendomen kom till landet.

Gravarna är inte utgrävda men en undersökning skulle sannolikt resultera i fynd av brända ben, keramikbitar, redskap, smycken and kanske vapen. Brandgravskicket var det vanliga under denna tid.

I närheten fanns en gård eller mindre by under järnålderns slutskede. Kanske låg den vid Ärsta där den nuvarande bebyggelsens gårdar ligger."

Which I think means roughly:


"Here is an area full of history. That began with Odens Berg until 1930s.

West of the road are 60 flat graves. With the road to Ärsta lie a gravefield with 20 grave piles. Discerning the ancient ruins are hard without a specialist.

The flat graves indicate the oldest memorials are west of the road. There lie square stones. That have been carved and put up.

Excavations show they stand on graves. Grave spheres lie following the women.

The area shows the old border of Onsberga. The in 12th century called Odensberg after ancient Oden worshippers.

Odens Berg thought badly of the first Christians. Name was heathen and had made believe in Oden, Thor, Froe and the other gods.

Grave piles near Ärsta are made in arched form typical of graves in the centuries before Christendom game to the land.

Excavations have found a burnt leg, bits of pottery, tools, jewelry and perhaps weapons. Fire graves lay until this time.

In the vacinity was a farm until the end of the iron age. Maybe near Ärsta where the modern farm lies."


...if anyone has any better suggestions for the translation let me know.

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April 14, 2008

Runtuna Kyrka

Runtuna (Swedish) is a small parish to the north of Nyköping.

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April 16, 2008

Taxinge Cairn

Just outside Taxinge ("home of the young badgers") lies a castle, but I didn't find that. Instead I found a cairn marking a medieval burial ground.

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April 17, 2008

Aspa stream

Outside the small village of Aspa is a brook.

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April 20, 2008

Aspa lake view

As well as the rune stones the small village of Aspa has a beautiful view of the lake - indeed this was, in ancient times, a very important place in Sweden as all of the kings would cross the river here.

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April 21, 2008

Gnesta

On my way back from Aspa and Runtuna I stopped at the small town of Gnesta, this is a small town at the periphery of the SL Stockholm commuter rail system. It reminded me, in some ways, of Fort William, though it is half the size.

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April 23, 2008

Södertalje Syd

Just outside Södertalje is a Scania truck factory. There is a massive rail interchange associated with it, though I'm not sure they still use rail as a major transport for their finished vehicles.

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April 25, 2008

Broby bro grave fields

Not far from the roadside runestones there is a gravefield.

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April 26, 2008

Vallentuna Kyrka

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April 27, 2008

Helenelund railway

Turning right before Helenelund station there is a piece of wasteland between the railway and the E4 road. Through this wasteground there is a path, so I was curious about where it went. It doesn't go anywhere, just getting narrower and less inviting until the sun set and it was time to go home.
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May 5, 2008

Lillängen

I took the train toward Saltsjöbaden, but got off at Lillängen, about half way along the line.
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May 6, 2008

Forum Nacka

Over the hill from Lillängen is Forum Nacka, a modern shopping centre.

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May 7, 2008

Nacka Strand

North of Forum Nacka is Nacka Strand, the start of the city lights on the boat back from Vaxholm. From the boat this looks like a fantastic futuristic part of the city, with new offices nestled amongst old, now converted, warehouses. That impression is somewhat deceptive, the hillside the area is built upon gives it a much greater impression of scale than when you are there. Thats not to say its a boring place, just not quite so interesting as the view from the boat at night suggests it should be.

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May 8, 2008

Saltsjö Järla station

After exploring Nacka Strand I walked back to find a different station on the Saltsjöbanan. This one is nearby what appears to be a factory outlet style shopping area, which perhaps warrants further investigation at some point in the future.

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May 9, 2008

Nockeby

I took the train toward Hässelby Strand but changed at Alvik onto the Nockebybanan - a tram/light rail line that wiggles its way through the suburbs to Nockeby.

Nockeby itself is another new suburban area near Mälaren lakeside.

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May 12, 2008

Drottningholm Slott

Following the road across the bridge from Nockeby over the small island of Kärsön you get an impressive view across the water to Drottningholm Slott, the official residence of the Swedish royal family. Indeed, as I was there a pair of Canadian tourists were nearly run over by a very enthusiastic chap in an understated but clearly extremely powerful Merc who was driving along the promenade like he owned the place.

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May 13, 2008

Drottningholm Chinese pavillion

At the bottom of the garden of Drottningholm Slott is a Chinese pavillion (not a very exciting page at the time of writing, hopefully it'll get filled out a little over time).

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May 14, 2008

Drottningholm gothic tower

Hidden elsewhere in the palace gardens there is a gothic tower.

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May 15, 2008

Hagästra

At the southern end of the green line is Hagästra, predictably another concrete wasteland of suburbia, with little in the way of redeeming features except for a shop selling delicious strawberries.

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May 16, 2008

Näsby

Taking the narrow guage railway from Mörby, Näsby Park looked like an interesting place to visit. Its not. The Näsby Slott, although rebuilt after its fire in 1897 now houses a conference centre and has the air of somewhere with attack dogs roaming the grounds on weekends. So I didn't explore inside the razor wire fence.

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May 17, 2008

Djursholms Örsby

Coming back from Näsby on the Roslagsbanan I changed at Djursholms Örsby to explore a different branch.


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May 18, 2008

Täby Centrum

A few stops from Djursholms Örsby is Täby Centrum, another part of the sprawling suburbia of Stockholm.

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May 19, 2008

Roslags Näsby

Just south of Täby Centrum the Roslagsbanan splits into two different lines at Roslags Näsby.

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May 20, 2008

KTH Univesitat

Around the back of Valhalla Avenue, just by the terminus of the Roslagbanan is the Kungliga Tekniska högskolan.

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May 21, 2008

Univesity art

The University is full of art. Some of which makes more sense than others.

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May 22, 2008

University snowmobile

I found a snowmobile at the University.

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May 23, 2008

Stadion

Along Valhalla Avenue is the old Olympic Stadium from the 1912 games.

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May 25, 2008

Strandvägen

I took another walk along the waterfront, and over to Djurgården.

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May 27, 2008

Rosendalsvägen on Djurgården

On the island of Djurgården, over the water from Strandvägen, is the road leading to Rosendals Slott.

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May 28, 2008

Rosendals slott

At the end of the road is Rosendals Slott itself.

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May 29, 2008

Ladugårdsgårdet

Over Djurgårdsbrunnsbron from Rosendals Slott is the area of Ladugårdsgårdet, including a variety of historically and scientifically interesting places.

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May 31, 2008

Diplomatstaden

Between Norra Djurgården and Strandvägen is Embassy town, an area containing a number of embassies for various countries.

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June 1, 2008

Östermalm

Östermalm is bordered on the south by Strandvägen, north by Valhalla Avenue, east by Diplomatstaden.

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June 3, 2008

Hallunda

At the bottom of the red line is Hallunda and Norsborg in Botkyrka commune.

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June 4, 2008

Liljeholmen

Across the water from Hornstull is the dockland area of Liljeholmen. The is a major interchange between the tram, bus and TBana systems serving this area of modern offices.

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June 5, 2008

Vinterviken

Vinterviken is a small rocky peninsular to the west of Stockholms centre. It is the former location of Alfred Nobels dynamite factory but has been renovated recently into parkland.

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June 8, 2008

Fruängen

Fruängen is another concrete hell at the end of the metro system.

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June 9, 2008

Telefonplan

Telefonplan was the home of Ericsson until recently, though now their headquarters have moved across town to Kista.

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June 10, 2008

Södermalm Öst

From the East of Södermalm, further along from Slussen harbourside you can look across the Baltic sea toward Djurgården

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June 11, 2008

Hammerby Sjö

Heading south from Södermalm Öst, beyond the transport museum, is Hammerby Sjö, a small channel from the Baltic through to Hammerby Sluss, a lock connecting the sea and Lake Mälaren.

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June 12, 2008

Hammerby Sluss

Hammerby Sluss connects Hammerby Sjö and Lake Mälaren.

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June 13, 2008

Norrviken

To the north of Edsberg Slott, and Edsviken lake is the lake of Norrviken.

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June 16, 2008

Upplands Väsby

The town of Upplands Väsby is mostly a commuter town these days, though it does still house the Marabou chocolate factory. A factory complete with peculiar repetative sounds like those I imagined coming from Charlies chocolate factory. There is a sculpture garden between the factory and the railway line.
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June 17, 2008

Ytterjärna kyrka

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June 19, 2008

Tullgarns Slott

We popped in to Tullgarns Slott for lunch on the way to the airport - it is worthy of a longer visit sometime.

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June 21, 2008

Helgeandsholmen

Between Gamla Stan and the City Centre is the small palace island of Helgeandsholmen.

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June 22, 2008

Riddarholmen

To the west of Gamla Stan is the palace island of Riddarholmen.

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June 24, 2008

Hammerby Sluss again

A. standing by the Thai Boat at Hammerby Sluss.

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June 25, 2008

Luma park

Across the water from Hammerby Sjö is Luma Park, old home of the North European Luma Cooperatives Lamp Factory designed by Artur von Schmalensee (links both in Swedish).

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June 26, 2008

Path to Vinterviken

On our way to the Synth picnic we found a couple of interesting sights.

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August 6, 2008

Fisksätra

We took the train toward Saltsjöbaden, but got off at Fisksätra (Swedish). This looked, on the map, as if it might be an interesting place - unfortunately it isn't as welcoming as we had hoped. Still the island was not so bad as the concrete centre on the other side of the railway.

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August 7, 2008

Saltsjöbaden again

After Fisksätra we went on to Saltsjöbaden

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August 17, 2008

Öst Långholmen

We took a visit to the other end of Långholmen, the ex-prison island, now city centre sanctuary, with views up to Högalids kyrka and back across the lake toward Riddarholmen.

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August 18, 2008

Långholmen prison

Långholmen prison is now a hotel and hostel, where the rooms are cells. It also has a small museum to show information about some of the more infamous prisoners and development of the prison itself.

When the prison closed, the island became a leisure island, a parkland near the centre of the city.

See also Långholmen and Långholmen Öst

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August 19, 2008

Långholmen GT3000 meet

There was a GT3000 meet on the prison island of Långholmen.

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August 20, 2008

Hornstull again

On our way back from Långholmen we passed through Hornstull.

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August 21, 2008

Gamla Stan once again

On the way home from Långholmen we stopped by on Gamla Stan again.
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August 22, 2008

Kungstradgården

Our final stop after Långholmen was Kungstradgården, where, for a change, there wasn't any ice skating going on.

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August 23, 2008

Sollentuna Mässan

Sollentuna Mässan is being replaced by Kista Mässan

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August 25, 2008

Kungsholmen

I took a walk along the shore of Kungsholmen, with views across the lake to Långholmen and Södermalm.

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August 26, 2008

Stadshuset‎

Walking along from Kungsholmen toward Gamla Stan I took a closer look at the City Hall, and saw that the gardens are open to walk around.

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August 27, 2008

Sky over Stadshuset‎

There was something magical about the sky over Stadshuset.

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August 28, 2008

Statues around Stadshuset‎

There are some statues in the gardens around Stadshuset.
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September 7, 2008

Östersund

After we finished with the Vikings we stayed in the city of Östersund.
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September 8, 2008

Frösön

Over the Storsjön from Östersund is the island of Frösön.
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September 14, 2008

Tullinge Flygplats

It was the hottest day of the summer when I went to find the classic car show at Tullinge Airfield.
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September 22, 2008

Skärholmen

Skärholmen is a suburban district to the southwest of the city, just over the E4 from Heron City.
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September 24, 2008

Sundbyberg revisited

I went to Sundbyberg again.
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September 25, 2008

Classics on the road around Barkarby

While I was out exploring Sundbyberg I found a Ferrari to take some pictures of, and got talking to the owner who suggested I visit a car show at Barkarby Flygplats. There were quite a lot of classics on the streets around the area.
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October 4, 2008

Skeppsholmen

Between Gamla Stan and Djurgården is the royal island of Skeppsholmen, with a number of museums and beautiful views across the water to other parts of the city.
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October 5, 2008

Art on Skeppsholmen

On the island of Skeppsholmen is some art outside the modern art museum.
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October 6, 2008

Gröna Lund

After Skeppsholmen, we took the ferry over to Djurgården where we went to Gröna Lund to win more Daim bars than we can realistically eat.
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October 7, 2008

Gamla Uppsala

We stopped by Uppsala, visiting the old town this time. I was expecting this to be more of a town, instead it is the site of the ancient village, with a number of burial mounds and a lot of history.
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October 9, 2008

Norrtälje

We visited Norrtälje, a small industrial town to the north east of Stockholm.
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October 10, 2008

Kapellskär

Beyond Norrtälje is a small peninsula with a port on the end of it. From here you can catch boats to Helsinki, Turku and various ports in Poland and Estonia.
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October 24, 2008

Tyresö

We set out to find the Tyresta but for various reasons we ended up on the wrong road and found Tyresö slott instead. In the castle is a health spa and a small cafe, literally in the kitchen of the castle. You can sit at the kitchen table watching the food being made.
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October 25, 2008

Revisiting Ulriksdals Slott

I took A. to Ulriksdals slott.
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October 26, 2008

Nyköping harbour

We found some lunch at the harbour at Nyköping.
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October 27, 2008

Nynäs Slott

I dropped A. off at the airport and popped in to Nynäs Slott on the way home.
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October 28, 2008

Trosa

The nearest town to Nynäs slott is Trosa, a small old town apparently rebuilt in 1719 but now the home of some of the richest people in Sweden.
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October 29, 2008

Jan Fridegårds minnesstuga

Jan Fridegårds (also known as Johan Fridolf Johansson) (link in swedish) was a prolateriat writer who died in the '60s, this is a cottage and garden dedicated to his memory. It was such an odd thing that I had to stop to take a look, but couldn't figure out what any of it was until I looked him up when I got home.
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October 30, 2008

The Brandskog ship

The Brandskogskeppet ("fire forest ship") is a carving of a ship in the forest at the edge of what was once a lake - the land has been rising for centuries and it is now by a lush valley.
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October 31, 2008

Rock carvings around Hemsta

Not far from the Brandskogship are a number of other rock carvings showing various important things from their time - a lot of ships and herds of animals, along with a number of people.
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November 1, 2008

Enköping

The town of Enköping is just over half an hours drive west from here, it is a small old town with a lot of history both in and around.
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November 3, 2008

Markim gravefields

Just outside the small village of Markim there are some gravefields.
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November 6, 2008

Orkesta ruined manor

Near the small town of Orkesta is a ruined manor house - really it is just foundations now but the artists impression on an information board nearby suggest it was at one time an impressive building.
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November 8, 2008

Mörby borgruin

I found something called a 'borgruin' on the map, so had to go and find out what that was. Turns out that its a ruined manor house, which, in its day, must have been an impressive property looking out over the lake.
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November 9, 2008

Broborg

Broborg is an ancient hill fort in Knivsta kommun, it remains somewhat imprenetrable even these days, with the signs suggesting that you climb several banks of boulders to reach the top - there is a better way up but I didn't find that until I had already scaled the rocks.
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November 10, 2008

Gamla Stan at night

The nights are drawing in now, giving me a chance to head to Gamla Stan and take some more pictures of the city lit up across the water.
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November 11, 2008

Kista after dark again

Some more pictures of Kista after dark.
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November 12, 2008

Swamps near Vaxholm

I took the car to Vaxholm, stopping at some swamps along the way.
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Journey

November 13, 2008

Bogesunds Slott

In the swamps outside Vaxholm is Bogesunds Slott, a fortified manor.
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Journey

November 14, 2008

Rindö redoubt

On the other side of the channel past Vaxholm is Rindö redoubt. I was looking for lunch but instead found a modern art museum just opening for a new show. This was a little peculiar. Its a fort built late in the 19th century to protect Stockholm from invading Russian ships, but has now been converted into an art gallery.
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November 15, 2008

Fredriksborg Ruin

Beyond Rindö Redoubt I was looking for Fredriksborg Ruin, an abandoned castle, but ended up missing the road and heading off into the countryside - eventually I figured out I'd gone too far along the main road and headed back to find the track to the ruin. There were a number of other people there taking photographs.
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November 16, 2008

Siggesta

Siggesta Gård is an art and leisure centre on the road back from Fredricksborg Ruin to Stockholm. There are a number of outdoor activities here, including quite a fun looking minigolf and pony riding.
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November 17, 2008

Gustavsberg

On the way back from Fredricksborg ruin I stopped at Gustavsberg, the home of toilet manufacturing in Sweden.
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November 18, 2008

Cedergrenska tornet

When I visited Inverness I spotted a tower in the distance which I had intended to return to, to find out more. It is now a conference centre.
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November 19, 2008

Haga slott

I've driven past Haga Park a number of times - Haga Slott is one of the many royal palaces still in use in Stockholm. It was a beautiful autumnal day with the leaves turning and falling, showing off their best colours.
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November 20, 2008

Haga Tinghus

The tinghus (courthouse) is a building I had been meaning to visit for a long time having seen it many times from the road - it is in Haga Park.
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November 21, 2008

Haga borgruin

In the grounds of Haga Slott are the ruins of an old palace, a building that must have been impressive in its day, but which is now little more than foundations.
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November 22, 2008

Steninge Slott

On the way to Sigtuna I spotted a sign to Steninge Slott, a manor house and art glass workshop.
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November 23, 2008

Sigtuna town

The small town of Sigtuna is situated on the shores of the lake to the north west of Stockholm, was at one time an important city, albeit a small one. Its population has grown significantly in recent years with the arrival of the nearby Arlanda airport.
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November 24, 2008

Sigtuna medieval church

In the centre of Sigtuna are the ruins of a medieval abbey.
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November 26, 2008

Another visit to Uppsala

I went back to Uppsala.
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November 28, 2008

Revisiting Uppsala slott

Standing above the city of Uppsala is the imposing Slott.
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November 29, 2008

Uppsala riverside park

There is a river running through the centre of Uppsala.
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December 1, 2008

Dragon Gate services

We went to Östersund again, by car this time though. We stopped for lunch at the weirdest motorway service station I've ever seen.
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December 2, 2008

Big Moose station and motel

Further up the road toward Östersund is the Big Moose motel, with the smallest railway station I've ever seen.
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December 3, 2008

Norderön ferry

We took the ferry over the water to Norderön.
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December 5, 2008

Haga park bridge

The bridge from Solna over the motorway to Haga parken has memorials to a number of people - Gustav III, Fredrik Magnus Piper, Louis Jean Desprez and Carl Michael Bellman - all influential people in life in the park.
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December 6, 2008

Into the mountains

In the distance from Östersund you can just about see a range of mountains rising out of the plains. We took a drive up into them to take a look around.
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December 8, 2008

Norderön

We went back to the small island of Norderön.
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December 10, 2008

Hagalund services

On our way back from Östersund we stopped at another motorway service area, not quite as crazy as Dragon Gate.
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January 4, 2009

Runsa

Not far from Sigtuna there is the site of the ancient settlement of Runsa, a fortified farm on a defensible peninsula with extensive views over the lake.
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January 5, 2009

Runsa stone ship

Nearby the ancient settlement of Runsa is a stone burial ship.
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January 6, 2009

More Millesgården - statues

We visited Millesgården again.
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January 7, 2009

More Millesgården - B, L & A

B & L came to visit us, we were on Lidingö so we went to Millesgården.
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January 8, 2009

More Millesgården - more statues

Some more statues at Millesgården.
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January 10, 2009

Me at Steninge Slott

We went to Steninge Slott again...heres some evidence I was actually there.
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January 12, 2009

Steninge in the snow

In the snows before christmas we visited Steninge Slott once again, as well as the snow outside, there was a Jul Market in the barn above the shop and cafe.
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February 10, 2009

Åkersberga

The suburb of Åkersberga is at the end of the Roslagsbanan, there are signs toward a borgruin, but when I tried to follow them I couldn't find it.
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February 12, 2009

Vira Bruk

Some way to the north east of Stockholm is the small settlement of Vira Bruk (Swedish), a small waterfall and mill dating from the 17th century hiding in the forest.
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February 13, 2009

Mill at Vira Bruk

At the bottom of the Vira Bruk waterfall is an old mill, no longer in use but with a lot of infrastructure still intact.
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February 20, 2009

Sollentuna Nature Reserve

To the north of Akalla, is a nature reserve with the Barkarby Flygplats in one corner.
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February 24, 2009

Edssjön

I stopped at Edssjön before, on my way back from Runsa, but there was a wedding going on so I didn't get a chance to explore. Not that there is a lot to see there.
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March 5, 2009

Backstreets of Gamla Stan

We found some more backstreets in Gamla Stan, always more surprises.
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March 6, 2009

Sergels Torg

Sergels Torg is one of the central squares in Stockholm, to the left of this picture is the Kulturhuset where we found the abandoned chess club.
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March 8, 2009

Drottningholm in the snow

We went back to Drottningholm Slott after the recent snowfalls. It makes such a difference to see them covered in snow.
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March 9, 2009

Drottningholm gardens in the snow

A walk around the gardens at Drottningholm in the snow.
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March 10, 2009

Drottningholm lake

The lake at Drottningholm was frozen over, but we weren't brave enough to try walking across it.
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March 11, 2009

Skeppsholmen in the fog

We went to the architecture museum on Skeppsholmen, the boat was making a good subject for photographers.
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April 3, 2009

Nacka Strand again

I went for another explore around Nacka Strand. Noticing this time that it must have been an old car works, with a similar feeling to the old Mini factory in Oxford.
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April 4, 2009

Ice Race Track

I found a car race track on the ice near Nacka, by the time I got there the weather had warmed a little so I didn't want to risk taking the car out myself.
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April 5, 2009

Björnö Nature Reserve

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April 6, 2009

Väster haninge

Väster haninge (Swedish) is a small town at the centre of its commun, served by the Pendletåg from Stockholm central.
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April 7, 2009

Hammersta Slott

Hammersta Slott is a manor house that is now converted into a spa and sits in a nature reserve, it was too muddy for me to explore too much around.
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April 9, 2009

Hammersta slottsruin

In the nature reserve by Hammersta Slott is the ruin of the old castle.
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April 11, 2009

Nynäshamn

Nynäshamn is a small town on the end of the Pendletåg from central Stockholm. Meaning literally "New Nose Harbour" it is the landing point for ferries across the Baltic to Poland and Gotland.
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April 13, 2009

Sorunda Kyrka

Sorunda is a small village not far from Nynäshamn.
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April 15, 2009

Kista snow after dark

More pictures from Kista in the snow, a little further from my office this time.
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April 16, 2009

Ekerö

Beyond Drottningholm is the town of Ekerö, near the bridge onto the island of the same name.
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April 17, 2009

Ekerö slott

Outside the town of Ekerö is a small palace.
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April 18, 2009

Asknäs

Asknäs is a small village on the island of Ekerö.
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April 20, 2009

Munsö

Further north west on the island of Ekerö is the village of Munsö, with a round church.
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April 21, 2009

Lilla Stenby ferry

The ferry over to Lilla Stenby crosses while the lake around is frozen.
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April 22, 2009

Hovgården borgruin

The ruins of Hovgården on Adelsö are quite extensive - this was the royal seat while the city was on the nearby island of Björkö.
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April 24, 2009

Arlanda

It was a spooky foggy night at Arlanda, and I had arrived early to pick A. up so thought I'd take a wander around.
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April 25, 2009

Thiel Gallery on Djurgården

The Thiel Gallery is a small art gallery at the end of Djurgården. This is a picture of a house over the way from the gallery itself.
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April 27, 2009

Saltsjöbaden in the spring

On the first proper day of spring we headed to the seaside of Saltsjöbaden, though the sun was out and it was a beautiful warm day the sea was still frozen over in places.
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April 28, 2009

Skogskyrkogården

To the south of the city is the Woodland Cemetary, a graveyard set in a tranquil woodland that is now within the urban area of Stockholm. We found the grave of Greta Garbo and a wonderful place for firey burial ceremony.
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April 29, 2009

Revisiting Sollentuna nature reserve

Spring at the Sollentuna Nature Reserve is not so cold as the winter, though there were still some little pockets of snow around in the ditches.
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May 1, 2009

Igelbacken Nature Reserve again

I took another walk around the Igelbacken Nature Reserve, finding the site of an ancient settlement near what is now Hallonbergon.
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May 2, 2009

Gripsholms Slott

Griphsholms Slott is an impressive castle on the lakeside 40 miles west of Stockholm.
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May 3, 2009

Gripsholms canons

In the courtyard of Gripsholms Slott are a pair of what appear to be Turkish canons, but the notice explaining their history claims they were captured in Russia.
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May 4, 2009

Gardens of Gripsholms Slott

Gripsholms Slott is set on a small island near the city of Mariefred (though it doesn't have the population of 10,000 needed to technically be a city in Sweden).
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May 6, 2009

Hanami at Kungstadgården

There was a Japanese festival at Kungstadgården.
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June 11, 2009

Vängsjöberg church

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June 12, 2009

Rimbo Borgruin

We went to visit the Borgruin at Rimbo again.
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June 13, 2009

Fasterna gravefield

Just down the road from Mörby borgruin is an ancient gravefield.
"This cemetery consists of 125 graves and dates from the late Iron Age (500-1100AD). The people who buried their dead here lived at a settlement situated somewhere close to the cemetery"
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June 14, 2009

Gamla Uppsala again

We took another trip to Gamla Uppsala. This time just before Walpurgis Night so there was a big bonfire being built - Uppsala is one of the main centres for the Walpurgis celebrations in Sweden.
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June 18, 2009

Vik Country Estate

Vik Slott is a country estate on the lakeside near Uppsala.
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June 22, 2009

Vaxholm again

We took another visit to Vaxholm via Bogesunds Slott.
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June 24, 2009

Rosendals slott gardens

The gardens of Rosendals Slott - "this is a corner of a larger field".
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June 26, 2009

Views from Djurgården

To the south of Djurgården is the Baltic sea.
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June 29, 2009

Dragons gate services revisited

We stopped again at the Dragon Gate services, with a little more time to explore this time.
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June 30, 2009

Högbo bruk

We went to Högbo bruk, a former iron working site and one of the seeds of Swedens industrial revolution, now a recreational area.
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July 1, 2009

More from Högbo bruk

We wandered some more around the grounds at Högbo bruk.
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July 7, 2009

Högbo bruk church

Over the road for Högbo bruk is a small country church.
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July 8, 2009

In the woods at Högbo bruk

In the woods beyond Högbo bruk church I found something quite peculiar.
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July 9, 2009

Bessemer converter

Theres something wonderful about waking up in a place with a Bessemer converter at the bottom of the garden.
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July 13, 2009

A final walk around Högbo bruk

We took a final walk around Högbo bruk.
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July 14, 2009

Gävle

Gävle is a small port city on the east coast of Sweden, notable for its iron exports (from areas like Högbo). Now, though, there is an overwhelming smell of coffee roasting pervading the town.
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July 26, 2009

Thunderstorm at Steninge Slott

We went to Steninge Slott just as a thunderstorm was coming.
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July 27, 2009

Rösaring

Beyond Låssa Church lies the remains of the ancient settlement of Rösaring - I originally found it when I was visiting Låssa but had to return the hire car so didn't have time to explore properly, so had been meaning to return.
"The Rösaring area houses many unusual remains from the Bronze Age and the Viking Age. For instance, you can see several grave fields from the Iron Age, a stone labyrinth and a processional or ceremonial road.
The location of the site high up on a ridge, with a good view in several directions, suggests that it was important and central to the district."
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July 28, 2009

Nyköping in summer

Back to Nyköping again.
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July 29, 2009

A proper look at Tullgarns Slott

We returned to Tullgarns Slott for a proper look around.
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July 30, 2009

Trosa, the real thing

I went to Trosa before, but it seems I didn't find the centre. Its a pretty port town with a river leading to the sea.
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July 31, 2009

Another trip to Millesgården

We took another trip to Millesgården.
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August 3, 2009

Tullinge Nature Reserve

We went to try to find the Tullinge car show - after last years attempts it seemed worth a bit of driving around, but there were less classics in the area, so we gave up and stopped for lunch at a nearby nature reserve.
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August 4, 2009

Edsberg Slott again

We went to Edsberg Slott again, now that it is our local castle.
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August 5, 2009

A. at Edsberg Slott

A. at Edsberg Slott.
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August 6, 2009

Edsberg Konsthuset

Perched on a rock nearby Edsberg Slott is an arthouse - there were Terracotta Women inside, which was a disturbing display, but powerful.
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August 7, 2009

Vira Bruk in summer

I took A. to Vira Bruk, the place is very different in the summer.
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August 8, 2009

Inside the mill at Vira Bruk

This time the Mill was open so we took a look inside.
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August 9, 2009

Art at Vira Bruk

There are some pieces of art around Vira Bruk.
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August 10, 2009

Vira Bruk decay

Inside the mill things have been left to be taken over by spiders and flies, giving some impressive looking windows.
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August 11, 2009

Wildlife at Vira Bruk

There was a lot of wildlife out at Vira Bruk.
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August 24, 2009

Sollentuna beach

Not far from our new flat is a beach. By a lake this has a number of the facilities you'd expect to find at a seaside.
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September 4, 2009

Bridge to Liljeholmen

The bridge between Hornstull and Liljeholmen was looking quite sinister.
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September 21, 2009

Mariefred

Gripsholms Slott is on the edge of the small town of Mariefred - we visited the castle last time, but not the town. Its a quaint little town on the waterfront with a view to the castle.
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September 30, 2009

Another visit to Mariefred

We went to Mariefred again.
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October 1, 2009

Siggesta Gård

We went to play minigolf at Siggesta Gård, and celebrated our survival with an ice cream catapillar.
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October 2, 2009

Fredriksborg ruin again

We took another trip to Fredriksborg ruin.
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October 3, 2009

North Vaxholm

We ventured to the north of the Vaxholm peninsular, where we found another secluded harbour area with views across the sea.
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October 5, 2009

Vaxholm Battery

On the North of Vaxholm are the ruins of an old battery, guarding Stockholm from invaders arriving by sea through the straights near Vaxholm.
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October 20, 2009

Eskilstuna

Eskilstuna is a small town on the shores of Lake Mälaren.
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October 28, 2009

Uppsala in the autumn

We took Stoo to Uppsala, when he came over last month.
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November 19, 2009

Gamla Djurgården

Around the back of Gröna Lund is a small area called Gamla Djurgården, the old area of the Djurgården, which was built to house the performers coming to the fairground.
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December 9, 2009

Gamla Djurgården again

We went to Gamla Djurgården again.
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December 13, 2009

Sollentuna Galleria

The new Sollentuna Centrum has now opened fully.
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January 25, 2010

Lanterns in Kunstradgården

There were some lanterns celebrating an autumn festival in Kungstradgården.
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January 27, 2010

Norra Malma nature reserve

I followed the Post Route toward Grisslehamn. On the way I found a fake (or, at least, modern) rune stone.
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January 28, 2010

Karls Kyrkoruin

Further along the post route is the ruin of a church.
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January 29, 2010

Grisslehamn

The village of Grisslehamn is where the post route leaves Sweden to cross the Baltic via Åland to Finland.
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January 30, 2010

Singö kyrka

Beyond Grisslehamn is the island of Singö.
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January 31, 2010

Grisslehamn beach

Near the small harbour town of Grisslehamn is a beach, which looks like it would be quite pleasant in the summer.
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February 2, 2010

Södermalm söder

I walked around the south of the island of Södermalm between Hammerby Sluss and Hornstull.
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February 3, 2010

Västerängsudd

Beyond Steninge Slott there is a nature reserve.
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February 5, 2010

Stäket

The island of Stäket is a small defensive island in the entrance to one of the bays of lake Mälaren. Now it takes both road and rail between Stockholm and Vasterås.
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February 9, 2010

Biskoparnas borg

On a small isle in the channel next to Stäket are the ruins of a bishops castle.
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February 12, 2010

Sollentuna Galleria cafe

We were sat in a cafe at Sollentuna Centrum when the snows started.
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February 17, 2010

Steninge Gardens

We wandered around the gardens at Steninge Slott.
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February 18, 2010

Tureberg apples

Even as we are getting toward winter there are plenty of apples still on the trees.
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February 22, 2010

Snowy Tureberg

The snow started shortly before Christmas, we went for a walk around near our house in Tureberg.
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February 23, 2010

Frosty Sollentuna

My daily walk between Sollentuna and Helenelund was particularly frosty one morning, this is what happens when fog freezes onto the trees.
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February 26, 2010

Mariefred in the snow

We took a look at Mariefred in the snow.
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February 27, 2010

Frozen lake by Mariefred

We went for a walk on the frozen lake at Mariefred - someone was having a lot of fun driving on the ice so we figured it was thick enough to walk on. The poor ducks from all across the lake had congregated in one area where someone had broken the ice to let them access the water. So many ducks.
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March 1, 2010

Gripsholm in the snow

Across the lake from Mariefred is Gripsholm Slott.
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March 3, 2010

Skogsparkering

Behind my office is a parking area called 'wood parking'.
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March 4, 2010

Norrtälje in the snow

We revisited Norrtälje in the snow.
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March 5, 2010

Norrtälje icicles

Theres danger on the roof. The snow was starting to melt when we were in Norrtälje, creating beautiful cascades of icicles hanging from many buildings.
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March 8, 2010

Frozen sea at Norrtälje

The sea by Norrtälje was frozen, where boats travel the ice had broken into many small slabs of ice.
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March 16, 2010

More snowy Tureberg

We went for another walk around Tureberg during the daytime this time - the days are already getting much longer but there is still plenty of snow on the ground.
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March 21, 2010

Sigtuna frozen lake

The lake at Sigtuna was frozen, and the track for the Vasaloppet race was still winding across the ice.
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March 23, 2010

Vira Bruk in the snow

We went for another look at Vira Bruk in the snow.
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March 24, 2010

Vaxholm in the snow

We went to see Vaxholm in the snow. The north harbour was frozen over, with many small chunks of ice floating in the open sea beyond.
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March 25, 2010

Vaxholm Battery in the snow

After seeing Vaxholm in the snow we took a walk up to the Old Battery to look out across the sea.
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March 26, 2010

Vaxholm harbour in the snow

The harbour at Vaxholm looks very different in the winter, with blocks of ice covering the sea.
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March 28, 2010

Järvafältets naturreservat

We went to the Sollentuna nature reserve, its a more desolate place with snow drifts all over.
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March 30, 2010

Sky over Sigtuna lake

There was a fabulous sky over the the frozen lake at Sigtuna.
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March 31, 2010

Sigtuna ruins

There are more ruins in Sigtuna.
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April 11, 2010

Björno in the snow

The snow was thick at Björno when I visited again. This time I explored a little further around the nature reserve, through the woods on narrow paths through the snow. Straying off the compacted snow of the path would reward you with your leg disappearing into the snow up to your knee.
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April 13, 2010

Björno marina

The marina at Björno nature reserve was iced over, but there were still some boats.
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April 15, 2010

Björno viewing tower

On a hill on the edge of the Björno nature reserve is a viewing tower from which you can see the archipelago across the sea.
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April 17, 2010

Enköping harbour

The harbour at Enköping was frozen over.
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April 18, 2010

Enköping heatworks

Overlooking Enköping harbour is the heatworks, with its little plume of steam melting into the blue blue sky.
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April 19, 2010

Enköping sculpture park

Alongside the river that feeds into the harbour is a sculpture park.
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April 20, 2010

Strängnäs

Between Enköping and Mariefred is the small town of Strängnäs, seat of the Strängnäs Kommun.
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April 22, 2010

Strängnäs windmill

On a hill over the town of Strängnäs is a windmill.
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April 23, 2010

Wintery Tureberg

Some more of Tureberg in the winter.
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April 24, 2010

Tureberg cars

There were a number of classic cars buried in the Tureberg snow.
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April 25, 2010

Lidingö nature reserve

On the north of Lidingö is a slott and nature reserve with views looking south toward Brevik.
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August 15, 2010

Sigtuna ruins in the snow

We took another visit to the Sigtuna Ruins
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Apologies for the hiatus, of course it was not intended to be quite so long...we have now left Sweden and will be embarking upon some new adventures at some point shortly, more details once they are available. Until then, there are a few more pictures from our time in Sweden still to be uploaded.

August 16, 2010

Sigtuna lakeside trees

Once again, some trees by the Sigtuna lakeside.
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August 17, 2010

Sigtuna lakeside in the snow

During the winter the scene at the lakeside is always changing. Here the ice is starting to thin.
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August 21, 2010

Ice breaking at Sigtuna

At the end of the winter the ice breaks and its time to start eating icecream on terraces over the icebergs.
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August 22, 2010

Vaxholm with friends

We took some friends to see Vaxholm, most of the ice in the sea had melted and gone, but the harbour on the north of the peninsular was still iced over.
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August 23, 2010

Vaxholm battery with friends

We took our friends to Vaxholm battery, where most of the snow had melted.
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August 24, 2010

Skansen with friends

We took our friends to see Skansen.
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August 25, 2010

Gamla stan with friends

Another visit to Gamla Stan.
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August 26, 2010

Ice melting in Grisslehamn

We visited Grisslehamn again, this time as the ice was receding, leaving it with still waters.
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August 28, 2010

Vira Bruk torrent

We visited Vira Bruk as the ice was melting, there was more water flowing than I'd ever seen there before.
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August 29, 2010

Uppsala in the melt

Visiting Uppsala in the melt, we found a book tied to a tree by the university, perhaps some kind of student ritual for making the knowlege grow in the springtime, or just a drunken hatred of this particular book?
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September 8, 2010

Stockholms Stadshuset

They open up the City Hall for tours, so you can see the inside as well as the outside.
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September 9, 2010

Modern art on Gamla Stan

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September 10, 2010

View from Riddarholmen

Looking back across the lake to Stadshuset from Riddarholmen.
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September 11, 2010

A final visit to Sigtuna

We took a final visit to Sigtuna.
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September 14, 2010

Sun setting on Stockholm

Appropriately enough, some of the last pictures I took of Stockholm were of the sun setting over the city hall. The volcano in Iceland had given the sky an unusual richness.
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September 15, 2010

Final pictures from our journey leaving Sweden

These are the final set of pictures I took as we were leaving Sweden. Sadly I was driving and couldn't get a picture of our actual final view, driving across the Malmo/Copenhagen bridge with the sun setting over Kastrup. Quite a scene.
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