Thursday, September 8, 2016

Out of the Jurisdiction: Gamla Stan

Gamla Stan is the central island in Stockholm, home of the Royal Palace, the legislature,
many shops, hotels and restaurants, and lovely cobblestone pedestrian streets.

The Royal Palace is fun to visit.  More than most palaces, I got the feeling that the next person entering the room could be the king or queen.  The king looks like a regular guy.
If he sat next to me on a plane, I would guess he is a dentist from Iowa.

I got lucky and was there for the changing of the guard.  Things are more relaxed in Stockholm.
One of the members of the royal band sang an aria.  The crowd was asked if we
wanted to hear it again.  So, we got an encore.

Sorry.  My Latin is no better than my Swedish.

The Nobel Museum is a must-see.  Very well designed, informative and interesting exhibitions.
Fun to see a photo exhibition of 20 prize winners with drawings explaining the discoveries
that won them their Nobel Prizes.  Cool to see the husband of a college classmate --
in the middle -- who won the prize for chemistry in 2005.
(The husband won it, not the classmate.)

 I have spent two weeks walking pedestrian-only cobblestone streets in Scandinavia.
We really need more pedestrian-only streets in the USA.

St. George slew his dragon down the street.


Sharon said...

More fantastic photos Jack. I agree about the pedestrian streets.

William Kendall said...

The St. George and the dragon's my favourite of these shots, Jack.

RedPat said...

Wonderful to see these pics, Jack! They remind me of the trip I took to Sweden with my mum when we stayed right downtown by the city hall across from Gamla Stan. Thanks for the reminders.

Bill said...

Wonderful photos Jack! It's nice to be able to walk through areas of cities rather than driving. You get to feel the pulse of the city.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

More fine pictures, Jack. The Nobel prize-winners could also be more dentists from Iowa.

Stefan Jansson said...

Looks like you were able to see a few interesting places during your visit.

jennyfreckles said...

Gosh, look at those chandeliers. I'd love one but it wouldn't fit a Victorian terraced house!