Stockholm on a long layover

Stockholm on a long layover

On my return journey from the EOU2017 conference in Turku, Finland, I was lucky enough to get a long layover in Stockholm, Sweden. Rather than spend the entire 9 hours in the airport (don’t recommend ever doing that), I made use of the time to get into the city and do the tourist thing.

I took the bus form the airport to the city, which gave me a 45 minute view of the landscape along the way. To be honest it was not all that interesting and in hindsight I should have taken the express train and had an extra half hour to explore the city. That would have  let me add an extra gallery to the trip.

The first thing I did was to walk directly to the Old Town, Gamla Stan. What a beautiful place. I spent a hour or two just walking around, up and down the alleys.

The Narrows
The Narrows. The tiniest side alleys between the buildings
Side streets, too narrow for a vehicle, but perfect for bicycles and pedestrains
Side streets, too narrow for a vehicle, but perfect for bicycles and pedestrians
Out the archway and down the alley, past the eatery and into the light.
Out the archway and down the alley, past the eatery and into the light.
Another of the quieter streets. It was difficult to find streets that were not lined with tourists
Another of the quieter streets. It was difficult to find streets that were not lined with tourists

The other side of the coin, is the mass of tourists and people. From the buskers playing their guitars and singing to the police. From the looks of it, everyone was enjoying the streets.

Searching for the old ways at the Handfaste Viking shop.
Reflections of a life of material possessions and wealth
Reflections of a life of material possessions and wealth
The school tour. Masses of teenagers walking through the alleys and streets.
With all the attacks and problems in Europe at the moment,, the police were actively patrolling the streets. Here we had 1 that struts, 1 that scowls and 1 that smiled through her eyes.
A busker plies his trade, serenading the tourists as they pass by.

A highlight of the day was getting to the Fotografiska museum/gallery. What a beautiful display of images. An absolute inspiration and a must see for anybody who visits the city!

 

The Irving Penn exhibition at the Fotografiska, Stockholm
Barnette Newman, New York, 1966 by Irving Penn
Barnette Newman, New York, 1966 by Irving Penn. Inspiring!

On the way back to the train station, I was able to capture what has become my favourite image of the experience.

Descending the stairs, Stockholm, Sweden. (f5.6, 52mm 1/100s ISO-200)

 

Thanks for reading.

Michael

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