Typical to spend the weekend at the garden
As in any city, there are so many buildings, streets, traffic, people....people living in the city also like to have a bit of nature, especially if you can call it your "own piece of nature". When you take one of the boat sightseeing cruises around Stockholm, you'll see on some of the islands these little garden houses. What a nice place to come on a warm sunny day to get away from it all..yet you are still right in the city. People come to tend to their gardens, some grow vegetables, others grow flowers..it's a tiny home away from home, a place to relax, have a picnic, or get together with friends. They're very picturesque seen from the water as here in the photo.
Swedish Names Day Calender
Here's how it works: every day of the year is dedicated to one or two names. It was tradition in Sweden that on a person's names day they would celebrate almost as if it were a birthday (only maybe not as big of a celebration.)
Today of course the names that are popular are so much different from a long time ago when the calender was made, so it doesn't list all the names.
Here are some common names of today and their name dates:
Amanda: October 26
Sarah: July 19
Christopher: March 15
Kristina: July 24
John: May 3
Paul: January 25
Patrick: April 16
Jennifer: October 6
Daniel: December 11
Laura: January 15
Stockholm is a clean town
Stockholm is a really clean town compared to many other cities with a population over one million people.
Even though this picture show something different, I would say that this is the exception. This picture is taken at the Stadshagen subway station on a Saturday night around 8 PM, and when visiting Stockholm you will notice that you don't find much thrown on the streets or at the platforms in the subway as in this example.Related to:
Don't get a parking ticket
It can be expensive to get a parking ticket in Stockholm, the meter maids (lapplisor) are quite good on finding cars parked on the wrong place.
If a sign say something Parkering Förbjuden or Tillstånd Erfordras it means that you are not supposed to park your car there.
But the car on this picture, I wonder how many parking tickets it have got? :)Related to:
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Lamps instead of curtains
There is no custom to put curtains on the windows. Instead of hiding the room interiors, Swedes do the opposite - put the lamp on the window. When walking on the night Stockholm (what is pretty safe), you can watch lots of lamps shining in windows of houses around.
The most enjoyable thing about...
The most enjoyable thing about Stockholm is its location on several islands in a lake. There is plenty of water everywhere!! And besides, the water seems to be very clean, since people can swim and fish even in the city center. In the coldest days of winter, the channels will frozen and this will provide with a terrific experience, at least for people who come from milder weather regions: skating on the ice. Great!!
In Sweden, when talking to an...
In Sweden, when talking to an older person, you should refer to them in the third person, and be aware that compliments to people whom you have just met are regarded as insincere. Note that Swedes answer the phone by giving either their last name or phone number. Since June, July and August are popular vacation months, you should avoid planning business meetings during that.
The Swedish Pine culture along...
The Swedish Pine culture along the road, I'm not sure about the name of this kind of trees but they are so beautiful whereever I go, we stop at one jungle place for a lunch because the bus driver said the scenery looks so nice, I do a quick off road walk up the hill, collecting some giant pine seeds, still with me. On top of the hill I took this photo as I can see from far a big blue lake with reflection of the cloud but too small for you to see in this photo, anyway the scenery was just excellent.
Good Swedish music: Cardigans,...
Good Swedish music: Cardigans, Bo Kaspers Orkester, Eva Dahlgren, Steven Simmonds, Lisa Ekdahl, jazz singer Monica Zetterlund (her earlier records), pianist Jan Johansson (recommended: Folkvisor på svenska) Sahara Hotnights, Petter, Kent, Titiyo, Weeping Willows and many others. Dig it!
This twisted pistol in the...
This twisted pistol in the middle of town is symbol of peace... i believe the person who sculpted this- Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, has a few other similar pieces of work at various spots the world over. Thomas (Nobbe) tells me that there is one at Malmo and another in New York...
EVERYMAN'S RIGHTAn age-old...
An age-old Swedish law, Allemansratten ('Everyman's Right') states that you can venture into the countryside anywhere you like and pick berries and flowers, fish, camp, swim in the lakes as long as you won't harm crops or animals.
CHURCH SERVICEThe Swedish...
CHURCH SERVICEThe Swedish State Church is in the Lutheran tradition and has churches throughout the country. Stochkholm has the widest range of places of worship, including a Greek Orthodox church, several synagogues and three Islamic mosques. Protestant servies in English are usually held once a week in major cities. Inquire at your hotel for more information.
SHOPPING TIPSShopping in...
SHOPPING TIPSShopping in Sweden is rarely cheap, but it is always good value. For a bargain, the words to look out for are 'rea', which means sale, and 'extrapris', which does not mean extra, but special low price.
SHOPS on the whole open 9.30am - 6pm on weekdays and until between 1 and 4pm on Saturdays. A lot of shops are open on Sundays as well, usually from noon till 4pm. Shops generally close early the day before a public holiday.
DEPARTMENT STORES may remain open until 8pm or 9pm and possibly also on Sundays.
POSTOFFICES generally open 9.30am - 6pm on weekdays and 9.30am - 1pm on Saturdays.
BANKS Monday - Friday 9.30am - 6pm, but closed on Saturdays. The bank at Stockholm Arlanda Airport's arrival hall is open daily 8am - 10.30pm and at the departure hall MOnday - Friday 6.30am - 9pm, Saturday-Sunday 6.30am - 8pm.
I have hardly seen any city of...
I have hardly seen any city of this size with so many Museums. You have to choose in accordance with your preferences. It will not be possible to see them all.
Culture and history is everywhere: To see as a minimum: the old town Gamla Stan, the town hall, the kings palace, Skansen open air museum,
You can have concerts of classical music and if you are a fan of Ballet: The Royal Ballet with a performance at the theatre of the king’s palace in Drottningholm. (But no chance if you do not reserve in advance)
A little less cultural, but closer to the people: do not miss Kungsträdgarden (close to the Tourist Office) at lunch or also in the evening
One thing I noticed about...
One thing I noticed about Sweden is that it is very 'do it yourself.' In a grocery store in the States, for instance, the people working there will do almost everything but pay your bill. In Sweden, you do everything, including pay for the bags you put your purchases in! Clerks in stores are not always asking you if you need help, not even if you are standing there with a 'Help me!' look on your face. If you want something, ask for it, or learn to do without.
The Grand Hotel is beautiful and centrally located. I'd have loved to give it a good review....more
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This was a very nice hotel for a spouse weekend in Stockholm. Not the cheapest, but quite ok. Nice...more
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