"Log Island City" Stockholm by yooperprof

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Flowers that bloom in the Winter

This flower stall really brightens up the gray of a winter day. It's at the Slussen transportation hub, and was right outside my hotel. I was very impressed: every day, before dawn, workers would assemble it from scratch. Special heated trucks delivered the flowers which would be on sale through the daylight hours. Then, at five, the truck would return and take away the unsold flowers, and workmen would disassemble the stall for the night. You don't really appreciate flowers until you lived through a northern winter!

750 years of island-dwelling people

The Swedes themselves don't agree on the etymology of their capital city, but one convincing explanation connects it to the logs (stockar) which were used to fortify the small island (holme) on which the great medieval chieftain Birger Jarl created the castle known as "Tre Kronor," the Three Crowns. Birger Jarl first used the name "Stockholm" in two letters which he wrote (!) in 1252, thus enabling the well-fortified Stockholmers of today to celebrate the 750th anniversary of their city in 2002.

There are several places from which to gain a topographical sense of this archipelageous city, but one of the best vantage points is certainly the winding and intricate walking path that skirts the clifftop on Södermalm. It goes by the name of Monteliusvägen, and has several "lookouts" giving great views of the waters and landmasses beyond.

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  • Pros:It's one of the most beautiful cities I've seen
  • In a nutshell:History and Geography have given great blessings to this place!
  • Last visit to Stockholm: Dec 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 4, 2004
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  • cachaseiro's Profile Photo
    Aug 25, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    greay stockholm page chet. i hope to visit that nice town again some time this fall.

  • Jun 17, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    stockholm's birger jarlsgatan is full of comeplete swedish arseholes. the pubs have guards who only let in the favoured few. my advice is avoid at all costs!

  • jamiesno's Profile Photo
    Dec 19, 2004 at 2:17 PM

    Sweden would be a cool place to visit for sure. It looks beautiful there in Stockholm. That's one big ass Christmas Tree I know that, LOL.

  • polardabar's Profile Photo
    Aug 26, 2004 at 10:11 AM

    hej! i'm gonna have to go there during winter time! so many great details - a great page indeed! thanx for stopping by my 'blue' pages. :) it's amazing how you almost can't see the line between the sky & the sea. i love it so much! polar*

  • May 9, 2004 at 12:18 AM

    Great page - you managed to capture so many details in Stockholm, like the Asplund's Library frieze or the sculptures... Excellent!

  • sim1's Profile Photo
    Feb 8, 2004 at 12:12 AM

    Excellent page about Stockholm!!! I enjoyed reading it a lot and I see I have to return to Stockholm again soon! :-)) There is so much more I want to see and do here, thanks for the tips! I loved your outdoor sculpture section!

  • Umea6's Profile Photo
    Jan 13, 2004 at 10:22 AM

    Hi, defenitely one of the best Stockholm page on VT. One of my favourite cities, too. Good job!

  • Dabs's Profile Photo
    Jan 12, 2004 at 5:21 PM

    Great stuff Chet, looks like we missed a lot! But I bet you didn't get to see Gronalund!

  • vec's Profile Photo
    Jan 9, 2004 at 5:15 PM

    A great Stockholm-page, with a lot of good information. Hope you get the chance to see Stockholm at some other time at year too, December can be a bit boring actually. /Daniel


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