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Stockholm- Striped And Checked

Say Stockholm and I think of impossibly blue water and cerulean sky, a quietness in the very air that’s always crisp and fresh and an underground that is lit. Serene Stockholm packed in loads of surprises.

I was in rapture from the moment my flight landed at the airport.

The wooden floor of Stockholm airport

The airport was a delightful surprise right from its beautiful patterned striped floor to its huge super clean toilets. And it was quiet! I almost could imagine what it was like to wander in a dystopian world minus any people. I confess, I dawdled trying to take in everything. I was literally the last one to exit.

Honestly, after hot and loud India and Italy, Sweden was a stark contrast in every way.

What a surreal feeling!

Flags of Nordic nations outside the Stockholm airport flitting in the wind
Fluttering flags.

The checked flags of the Nordic countries and one EU, right outside the Stockholm Arlanda airport.

This was my ‘pinch me, I’m dreaming’ moment. I was really there.

Escalator in the Stockholm  underground
Journey to the centre of the earth .

The underground in Stockholm was my favourite and so was riding its escalators. From rainbow stairs (blogged earlier here) to those of gleaming steel, I thought they moved at lightning speed. Ok, not lightning but fast enough for me to go, “Yay!”

Also did I mention they were steep, going right into the bowels of the Earth.

Vasa ship in the vasa museum
Swedish Titanic, Vasa

The Vasa came sailing in . That’s the Swedish Titanic that sank in its maiden voyage right in the bay where it was launched. After 300 years in water, it was not only raised and restored but had a whole museum dedicated to it.

Now that is some chequered history.

A wooden carved Viking home in Skansen museum
Carved lines .

This was a fine Viking home to take a break from all the walking in the Skansen Museum. Check out its fine lines and carvings. Stunning, right?

The Museum was a time travel machine to the historical past with a complete township and people dressed in that era manning the shops to sell their wares. It even had a zoo with live animals and an aquarium.

Talk about a complete package.

Stockholm skyscrapers
Stripes &Checks !

I remember the time was 6pm for that’s when the shops shut down in this gorgeous city. With the sun beating, all we could do was stroll and eye the magnificent new age buildings around.

This cube building is famous, or not but it looked fabulous. Let’s say, the checks and the stripes of Stockholm’s architecture landscape had me dazzled.

From Fika break, boat rides in the Baltic watching how the locks worked, to sitting under the twilight till 1 am , this city had me bewitched. I call it my wonderland of calm.

“Maybe that’s enlightenment enough:

to know that there is no final resting place of the mind;

No moment of smug clarity.

Perhaps wisdom…is realising how small I am , and unwise , and how far I have yet to go.”

– Anthony Bourdain

To new horizons and Stockholm, cheers!

Lens Artist Photo Challenge: Striped and checked


27 thoughts on “Stockholm- Striped And Checked

  1. You certainly found checks and stripes everywhere, Sheetal! I will tell you a secret – I have never used the metro in Stockholm…so I loved your examples! The Wasa museum is a must see when in Stockholm – but you have shown me it has got stripes and checks as well! Skansen – great to see it again! I haven’t visited since I was 17. A lovely thing about seeing all this through your eyes and lens – is my feeling I really should visit again… I am happy you enjoyed Stockholm, and so happy to see it with your eyes and reflective thinking.

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    1. Ann Christine , I was especially keen that you read this post and your comments turned out to be most engaging. I was astonished (seriously, never used the metro?) , and thoughts of Vasa and Skansen flooded my mind reading your perspective.

      Honestly, I barely scratched the surface and that I know from reading your posts but Stockholm was memorable like none other. This challenge gave me a chance to revisit the place. Thank you for always raising my spirits with your heart warming comments . Have a lovely day.


  2. Loved your choice this week Sheetal – it took me WAY back to my university days. My friends and I traveled to Sweden and Norway during a school break. I felt exactly as you described – the freshness and cleanliness was like nothing I’d experienced anywhere else. The people were warm and friendly, the air was so crisp and clean! I’m not sure how they do it but I’m so glad to hear it’s still the same. One day I’d love to go back but in the meanwhile thank you for the lovely reminder.

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    1. Thank you Amy. The experience of walking in an open air museum to go back in time, straight up to the Viking era was amazing . This log hut stood out for its stunning pattern . I’m happy I found an opportunity to use its picture for the challenge.

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    1. Thank you Patti for your kind words . The escalator and the Swedish Titanic were the high lights of my trip , an unforgettable experience and coincidentally, they fit the weekly Lens – Artists brief perfectly. Happy you liked the shots.😊

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  3. It always amazes me what people see. I have been to Stockholm and I have been in an airport there about eighteen months ago. And my recollection is quite different from yours! I don’t even remember an escalator. Is there more than one airport? I am so glad to read other blogs and see a new perspective of the city and and more. I didn’t visit those museums either ……….my bad…….I must go back!

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    1. The picture is of the Arlanda Airport in Stockholm. I’m not sure about any other airport in the city. Google will know for sure. The escalator shot was taken at the Stockholm Metro. As for the museums, there were many and I saw most of them from the outside with exception of Vasa and Skansen. Like you, I too must go back some day.

      Meanwhile I relive my memories through blog posts. 😊Happy to read about your adventures too. They are a great deal of fun .

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      1. Yes, I looked it up and we did fly into Arlanda Airport, but our terminal did not look like yours as I recall. And they do have more than one terminal I see. We stayed down by the City Hall and never got any farther than Gamla Stan! Thank you for following me as well!

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  4. Aha! But you had no less of an adventure, the cross – Baltic cruise sound good and coffee is even better. You had fika in Stockholm so that’s a tradition ticked .

    Much appreciate your kind words . They reminds me of all the things I miss about travel -the ponding heart, the rush, the contentment. By the way , was curious where did your cruise take you?

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