Photos and the City

destination photography, travel & lifestyle

Let´s start the countdown, it´s only one more week until the grand finale of the Eurovision Songcontest 2016 in Stockholm! High time to look back on my last evening in this beautiful city!

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Eleanor showed me around this green oasis right in the middle of Stockholm. The former prison island is now a popular spot for picnics, walks and swimming – we even saw a brave surfer! The prison has been converted into an hostel and museum.

The waterfront to Mälaren was embellished during the latter half of the 19th century. Large quantities of soil were laid on the rock and 3000 trees were planted by the prisoners. Thanks to this, the island is a green oasis. At the beginning of the 20th century, the City planned to make a park on the eastern side of the island, and some paths and planted areas were laid out. It is now that the island lived up to its reputation – the green island in the heart of Stockholm. The prison was closed down in 1975. (langholmen.com)

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langholmen, stockholm, sweden, evening, sunset, portrait, people and the city, ursula schmitz, destination shootAfter moving from London to Berlin Eleanor now works as a teacher in Stockholm. While wandering around Långholmen we talked about the differences of drinking habits in London, Berlin, Vienna and Stockholm – I didn´t even know one isn´t supposed to drink alcohol on the streets/parks/etc in Stockholm and had forgotten about the special liquor stores which are the only place where one can buy wine, liquor, strong beers. (And they seem to close early, plan ahead!).

But we also talked about living in these different cities, how Stockholm would be the perfect place to start a family and raising childen and so on…

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There is even a little amphitheater on top of Lånholmen – must be a beautiful spot for open air concerts and events in the summertime.

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My first encounter with the swedish art-noveau happend some years ago in Helsinki, where one find swedish, russian, austrian and a kind of finnish „Jugendstil“ next to each other. And I have to say in felt in love with this beautiful theatre at Nybroplan at first sight! Built in 1908 is houses five stages! Great actors and directors like Greta Grabo and Ingmar Bergmann studied at the theatre’s acting school.

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Stockholms old town charmes you with little alleys, narrow streets, beautiful squares, lots of antique stores, cafés and reaturants. Situated mainly on the island Stadsholem the city dates back to the 13th century and is one of the largest and best preserved medieval city centers in Europe. Just grab a coffee and wander the cobblestone streets…

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And right around the corner there is the baroque royal palace: Kungliga slottet (coming soon..)

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