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Farewell to Stockholm

The Grand Hotel in Stockholm, Sweden is located on part of the Saltsjön, a bay of the Baltic Sea. From the Grand Hotel one can see the Amiralitetshuset (Admiralty House) on the island of Skeppsholmen, one of the many islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago. The present design was rebuilt in 1844-1846 in a Neorenaissance style with turrets. The Amiralitetshuset has served various purposes in its lifetime, housing the Admiralty Board, serving as an archive, and acting as a corn stable. Today, it is the home of the Swedish Tourist Association. Continue reading

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Trädgårdsgatan and Stortorget in the Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden

A block to the south of Slottsbaken is Trädgårdsgatan (Garden Street) named after the Royal Gardens that were formerly maintained there. A small public square called Bollhustäppan (Ball House Square) may be entered from Trädgårdsgatan where the diminutive statue of Järnpojke (“Iron Boy”) sits staring at the moon. Visitors leave coins and sweets for Järnpojke and rub his head in the belief that doing so will insure a return visit to Stockholm. A short distance away is Stortorget (The Big Square) with colorful buildings, the Stock Exchange Building, and a well. The Stock Exchange Building was built in 1773-1776 and now is home to the Swedish Academy, the Nobel Museum, and the Nobel Library. Continue reading

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Slottsbacken in the Old Town of Stockholm, Sweden

Gamla Stan is the Old Town in Stockholm, Sweden. There, on Slottsbacken (the Royal Slope), one finds the Royal Palace and the Stockholm Cathedral (St. Nicholas Church). On 19 Jun 2010, just a few weeks prior to the time these photos were taken, Crown Princess Victoria (the eldest daughter of King Carl XVI Gustav and Queen Silvia) married Daniel Westling in the Stockholm Cathedral. Continue reading

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The Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden

The Vasamuseet or Vasa Museum is located on the island of Djurgården in Stolkholm, Sweden. It is home to the Vasa, a 17th century warship that sank on its maiden voyage in 1628 and was recovered after much searching on 14 Apr 1861. Remarkably, the ship remained largely intact even after over three centuries underwater, owing to the brackish nature of the water in which the ship sank. Continue reading

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