I was shooting night photography on Osterlanggatan, in Gamla Stan. One of my favorite streets in the world.
When building a city comprised of 14 islands, there are so many pitfalls and design anomalies one can fall into that would result in disaster. But it seems the Swedes have circumvented them all. Unlike most cities built on water you are not segmented by a series of arterial canals and wayward bridges.
The sizable boulevards and low building construct gives the city a certain ease and flow as pedestrian traffic filters form island to island. This open design pattern can be found throughout the city and adds to the allure of space and freedom. The first thing you notice is that water is everywhere. But thanks to the ingenuity of Swedish design, walking around Stockholm you feel as though you are connected to the sea as much as terra firma.
From the historic area where Ostermalm meets the sea, it’s as if your eyes can see forever. Take a moment to pause and breathe in the sumptuous Nordic air. Is it your imagination or can you actually taste the freshness and purity?A short waterside walk over a rustic stone bridge overlooking lake Malaren your pace will quicken when you approach the more lively area of Sodermalm.
While touring the streets of Sodermalm, you can almost feel the spirit of the vikings howling in the wind from the spires of Skeppsholmen.Crossing the bridge from Sodermalm to Gamla Stan, a feast for your eyes emerges when you behold one of the oldest medieval cities in Europe.
Bask in the splendor and glory of old Stockholm as you stroll along Osterlangaten, the longest street in Gamla Stan. Traipsing past a slight incline you are greeted by a friendly troll inviting you to explore the passage ways and catacombs of the old town. Travere a series of narrow alleys lined with cobblestone is Gamla Stan’s center, which is more reminiscent of 17th century Dutch architecture than Scandinavian.
Spend the waning hours bathing in the sunshine on a park bench where Sodra Benickebrinken meets Svartmangaten. You will be treated to the spectacular Nordic sun as it shines long into the night.
But experiencing the warm hospitality of the Scandinavians, in a city renown for its grandeur and solemnity, devoid of the pomp and circumstance makes the experience a bit more palatable. And enchanting Stockholm is sure to indulge any need the temperate climate fails to satisfy.~ZT