My day yesterday

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I travelled to work on Alice. I like that the Stockholm Underground names the carriages. Some of the names are famous people, others are regular commuters.

Cold and crisp but the Houses of Parliament are beautiful in all weather.

Cold and crisp today (- 5°C) but the Houses of Parliament are beautiful in any weather.

My first lesson had a lovely view of the City Hall

My first lesson had a lovely view of the City Hall

Waited a few minutes for my next client but I love this corridor

Waited a few minutes for my next client but I love this corridor

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Listened to the Parliament choir

I then had a cancellation, so I decided to do something I don’t often do, and wander around Gamla Stan, the Old Town.

Stockholm is built on 14 islands and Gamla Stan (or Old Town), dating from the 13th century, is a densely built island with tiny (some less than a metre wide) cobbled streets between medieval buildings.

It is particularly pretty at Christmas time when all the shops are decorated for Christmas. Coming from the Southern Hemisphere as I do, and having grown up with very hot Christmases at the beach, I love the traditional Christmas near the North Pole, with snow and Santa and reindeer. It is by far my most favourite time in Sweden.

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A pretty Christmas doorway. In Sweden the drainpipes are either heated (so that water inside them does not freeze) or they have a piece of metal running all the way down and out the end so that you can wiggle it around to break up any ice that has frozen inside the pipe.

A pretty Christmas doorway. In Sweden the drainpipes are either heated (so that water inside them does not freeze) or they have a piece of metal running all the way down and out the end so that you can wiggle it around to break up any ice that has frozen inside the pipe.

The Christmas market is really pretty, particularly when it is dark. It was light when I was there today, and no snow but still gorgeous!

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This store is lovely - the craftsmen come from Lapland and make beautiful traditional items.

This stall is lovely – the craftsmen come from Lapland and make beautiful traditional items. Look out for an article on them tomorrow. 

And what it looks like after 2pm when it is dark

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Had a cup of hot chocolate and lunch with a friend

My teaching room is at the bottom of this staircase and to the right

My teaching room is at the bottom of this staircase and to the right. I spent 2 hours with my next client.

I love this part of the Parliament.

I love this part of the Parliament.

On my way to the underground station.

On my way to the underground station.

Thank you for sharing my day with me. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!



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11 replies

  1. What a charming place to live! Maybe someday I can experience it in person. I adore that curved light that ends in a circle of lit stars. Is that a Christmas decoration or is it there all the time? Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from the cold state of Michigan, USA.

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  2. I love the named carriages! And what a beautiful, charming area.

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  3. It looks like you live in a beautiful city, I would love to visit someday.

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  4. Thank you very much for these photos Janet. It’s so lovely to see such peaceful street scenes in real life. In England we only see dark Swedish detective series (pretty much every Saturday evening through the year on one of the BBC channels), and it gives such a depressing and frightening view of your cities. Your post has cheered me up no end.

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  5. Thank you for sharing! The area is absolutely stunningly beautiful!

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  6. Janet, this looks really beautiful! It reminds me a lot of Germany. Thank you for all the beautiful posts you have shared through the year. I have become quite addicted to your blog. I would like to wish you a merry Christmas and a very happy New Year and I cannot wait to read your future posts!

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  7. So lovely to see the shots from your current city…..love those brosten…….did you ever trip over and visit København? thats where I grew up…..and became a sygeplejerske!……Glaedelig Jul! fra Greta og Luna the BB…….

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