|Rory on Strombron. The smaller boat on the left is a |
very popular youth hostel.
Two minutes from our hotel and we could walk over Strombron bridge into the old town or choose Skeppsholmenbron to visit the island of Skeppsholmen. Nothing was very far away: a bustling vibrant city only metres away from parks, woodlands and fishing spots. I felt instantly at ease in the city: buildings are grand but not ostentatious, the streets are wide, pavements are clean, it looks prosperous. It is a capital city which doesn't have to try hard to impress but it certainly looked its best in the warm sunshine which accompanied our stay.
|The main square in Gamla Stan: Stortorget.|
|Stenbock Palace, Riddarholmen|
Returning back to the main city, via Riksgatan, we came across this sight:
"Ooh it's one of those living statues" I said, pointing at the unmoving animal dressed in rags.
"Must be bloody clever if they can get a fox to stay still for that long", replied husband, slowly shaking his head in disbelief.
This little bronze sculpture was called 'Rag and Bone with Blanket' and was created in 2009 by Welsh artist Laura Ford; part of a series where she used characters from Beatrix Potter to show how people can become disenfranchised from society. Mr Tod, the fox, represents homelessness.
It was a different animal altogether which caught our eye when, later that evening, we walked through the central park, Kungstradgardsgatan, and saw people outside TGI Friday's restaurant.
"Why are all those people dressed as Scooby Doo?" asked Rory. "Is it a stag night or something?"
On closer inspection, it would seem the Scooby Doo impersonators were normal diners, wrapped up in orange/brown fleeces to keep warm. We were happy walking about without coats but the Swedes do like to eat outside if possible and like to stay toasty when doing so.
Well I guess that wraps up this mystery!