As far as music goes, Sweden has been really good to the world. Robyn, The Knife, Lykke Li, Erik Hassle, Peter Bjorn & John, Koop, Kleerup, Sally Shapiro, Axwell, Roxette, Ace of Base... ABBA! I mean seriously, the list is endless. Some of my favorite artists are on this list, and so I was well aware of the contribution that Stockholm has made to the music world long before I went. What I was unaware of was how inspired I would by the visuals that Stockholm gives off as well. It's extremely beautiful in the most cosmopolitan of ways, and yet still maintains its sense of history and heritage. It combines modern, retro, and classic together in a clean space surrounded by nature. Everywhere you look there is some sort of art installation, from the subway stations to public spaces, it seems that Stockholmers love to be surrounded by beauty. I don't blame them.
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I flew to Stockholm this past weekend (via Helsinki on Finnair, which explains the first two photos) to visit my friend Fredrik. I cannot believe that I waited this long to go and see for myself what a beautiful city it is. Made up of 14 islands, Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and its largest city. It was founded around 1250 and is constantly rated as one of the top cities in the world to live. Fredrik was my tour guide and we went to the Moderna Museet to see an exhibit by American artist Lee Lozano, as well as Skogskyrkogården, (an achitechurally beautiful cemetery where many famous Swedes, including Greta Garbo, are buried), and City Hall. We walked through Gamla Stan, shopped at the Galleria, went for a 'fika' at Cafe Rival (you ABBA fans should like this) and spent the mornings eating such a well balanced and delicious breakfast that I wasn't even really hungry until dinner time. Fredrik also walked me through this years Melodifestivalen so I am now totally up to date on Eurovision for 2010. Anyway, enough with the chatter - you came to see photos right? Well, I took a lot, so I will break this up into a few posts, so please come back and see the updates!