Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Out of the Jurisdiction: Stockholm


You've got to admire the Swedes' ability to turn lemons into lemonade. In 1628 the King commissioned a new battle ship, the Vasa.  It was top-heavy and designed by someone who had never designed a ship before.  On its maiden voyage it sailed for 15 minutes, capsized and sank.  350 years later, the Vasa was found, salvaged and preserved.  It is now Stockholm's #1 tourist attraction.


Why do the bad boys always get the girl?


King (cough) sits astride a horse in front of (cough).
I might have reached the part of the trip when I can't remember which king is where.


This is another waterfront building and statue.  I can't remember what and who they are, either.


I got a good laugh out of these guys.  Let's pretend you are a Stockholm building owner.  
What would lead you to commission this group for your building?

11 comments:

Andy said...

Another fine collection of photos. That ship is a real eye opener. I like the angle that you used to take the photo. Is it for sale? It's old but has low mileage on it.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

That bottom photo must be a 1970s Swedish rock band.

Tanya Breese said...

that ship is pretty amazing! haha the bad guys getting the girl :)

Sharon Anck said...

You've covered a lot of ground and a lot of kings along the way. You can't remember them all! I just saw that ship on a travel show. Love those guys in the last photo.

William Kendall said...

The Vasa really is big!

RedPat said...

Love the guys in the bottom pic, Jack! I hope you enjoyed Stockholm - I loved it when I was there.

bill burke said...

That ship is massive no wonder it sank. Now it is a big money maker. Maybe that was their original plan, planning for the future. :)

Taken For Granted said...

That "bad boy" with the girl looks like Jaba The Hut from Star Wars. Perhaps he visited before he made the movie. Lovely Palace photos.

Stefan Jansson said...

That building that you didn't recognise is the Swedish Riksdag. The Swedish Parliament.

jennyfreckles said...

Ha, I like the grumpy folk in the bottom pic.

Kay said...

The Vasa is another of those must-see ships despite its ignoble history. And those characters in your last shot are an amazing catch!