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Our Travels in Stockholm

Photos and tidbits from my mother-daughter travels in Stockholm this summer!

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Train rushing across the harbor towards Gamla Stan, or the Old Town, one of Europe’s largest and most well-preserved medieval centers.

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Two examples of Stockholm’s well-known modern apartment complexes consisting of identical flats with wide windows and balconies. Initially the subject of international criticism for their industrial aesthetic, these buildings have come to be much loved by the people of Stockholm, especially for the amount of light each apartment receives.

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This mural stands proudly on the entire southern wall of the Golden Hall in Stockholm’s City Hall. It is the largest of several Byzantine inspired gold mosaics, which portrays Swedish history and important persons, and that decorates the golden banqueting hall. The woman pictured represents the Queen of the Lake, or Sweden, holding peace between the Western (left) and Eastern (right) world.

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Walkway leading towards the Stockholm City Hall, where guided tours give you a history of the building, which houses the Municipal Council, conferences and ceremonial halls, and is where the Nobel prize banquet is held.

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Drottningholm (literally meaning “Queen’s islet”) Palace was built on the island Lovon in 1580 by John III of Sweden for his queen, Catherine Jagellon. For most of the 18th century, the palace served as a summer residence for the Swedish royal family, and is well-known as having been a gift for the fiercely beautiful and strong-willed Queen Louisa Ulrika. Under Ulrika’s ownership, the palace was transformed into the more ornate and sophisticated French rococo style.

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Located on the Drottningholm Palace grounds is also the Chinese Pavilion, a gift from Adolf Frederick, then King of Sweden, to his wife Queen Ulrika. The original Chinese Pavilion was secretly built off-site and brought to the palace gardens on the Queen’s 24th birthday. Today, the Chinese Pavilion, a rebuilt version by Queen Ulrika due to the original structure rotting, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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This unique theater also sits in the Drottningholm Palace gardens. The structure that now stands was rebuilt between 1763-1769 at the request of Queen Ulrika after the original theater was burnt down. However, the Queen did not have sufficient funds for the theater, and promised the architect Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz she would repay the man after the building was complete. Due to limited funds, everything in the theater is made of wood and painted to look like marble, even the ceiling and balconies are made of paper mache. Sadly, the Queen never paid the architect back and he died a poor man.

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Boats and summer houses accessed by ferry only in the warmer months.

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Children splashing in a fountain located in Östermalm, a district located in Stockholm’s city center, and is one of the most populous and expensive residential areas in the city.

From top left to bottom right: Hot dogs are popular snacks in the city and can be enjoyed plain or covered in mashed potatoes or shrimp salad or relish. A crane shaped like a giraffe, which I added, because it’s something fun. An ice sculpture from the well-known ICEBAR, where patrons are given heavy coats and can enjoy an Absolute vodka (liquor from Stockholm) cocktails from a cup made of ice. A dish of reindeer, cranberries, and potatoes – a popular way to serve this wild game.

Citations:

http://www.visitstockholm.com/en/See–do/Attractions/gamla-stan/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_Hall_(Stockholm_City_Hall)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Pavilion_at_Drottningholm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louisa_Ulrika_of_Prussia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drottningholm_Palace

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Pavilion_at_Drottningholm

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