Walking through history

A couple of months ago, I had a recording job in Stockholm’s medieval Old Town.

I arrived early with my camera so I could take you on a historical walk.

Let’s start off with Stockholm’s oldest – and most iconic – square.

Main square

The main streets are usually full of tourists in the summer,

So it might be a good idea to wander down some of the colourful side streets.

(Notice the decorative electrical box.)

Decorative box

As the sun struggled over the narrow, dark streets

The house facades lit up in lovely pastel colours.

Street with sun copy

Further on, right next to the Royal Castle,

I was mesmerized by the symmetrical beauty

Of an old building being renovated.

Renovation copy

A few houses along the street, I glanced up

To look at the soaring tower of Stockholm’s oldest church.

Church view copy

Finally, it was time to go to Priest’s Street,

Where I had enough time to admire

The postbox (where residents collect their mail)

Painted to look like the very houses on the street.

I must say that history has never looked as

Poetic as it does on these old cobbled streets.

Postbox copy

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92 responses

  1. Beautiful photographs, I like such views and I like cities with rich history:) Greetings

    June 10, 2013 at 16:28

  2. What an incredible old city and such a delightful tour you’ve taken us on!! Your captures are terrific as always and I love the detail and the post box! Thanks for sharing! Hope you have a wonderful week!

    June 10, 2013 at 16:31

  3. Thank you for taking us along this walk. This is beautiful:-)

    June 10, 2013 at 16:52

  4. What a beautiful city, its walls breathe … stories, beautiful pictures!

    June 10, 2013 at 16:58

  5. Oh my goodness I would have give anything to have been here on this tour!! Thank you for giving us a virtual tour:-)

    June 10, 2013 at 17:00

  6. What beautiful old buildings, and I love the wonderful colors of them.
    Thank you for taking us along with you!

    June 10, 2013 at 17:11

  7. Charming! Such a beautiful place.

    June 10, 2013 at 17:15

  8. you showed off the architecture well!

    June 10, 2013 at 17:53

  9. How nice to be able to take a tour of these lovely streets – even though I’m sitting at a computer thousands of miles away. It always impresses me (as an American) how Europeans take such good care of their architectural heritage, right down to the smallest details, like a mailbox! Beautiful.

    June 10, 2013 at 18:00

  10. Beautiful oranges and yellows against that blue sky. What a perfect day for photos! They are lovely, as always.

    June 10, 2013 at 18:06

  11. Your photography shows this place off in all its splendor. Wow! The streets are very narrow. I would love to walk through that area! Just gorgeous!

    June 10, 2013 at 18:13

  12. These are just gorgeous and colorful!

    June 10, 2013 at 18:16

  13. Very picturesque, and nice post-edit work!

    June 10, 2013 at 18:23

  14. i am totally in love with the tight streets and architecture there….the bright colored buildings…..very cool…and really nice shots….

    June 10, 2013 at 18:27

  15. I’ve been there!!! It’s absolutely beautiful!!! Our favorite stop on our Baltic cruise

    June 10, 2013 at 18:37

  16. Gorgeous pictures of a gorgeous place!

    June 10, 2013 at 18:54

  17. Oh it’s beautiful….living breathing history co-existing in a real live city …. not a museum.

    June 10, 2013 at 19:17

  18. Gorgeous place, I did not expect such warm colours so far up north!

    June 10, 2013 at 19:28

  19. Wonderful shots. I love the colorful side streets.

    June 10, 2013 at 20:24

  20. Just added Stockholm to my list of must-visit cities!

    June 10, 2013 at 20:31

  21. “Hyggelig” as the Danes would say! Lovely photos.

    June 10, 2013 at 20:46

  22. Pat

    What a beautiful place! Your photos show it off grandly.

    June 10, 2013 at 21:37

  23. Can just feel the history! The colors are magnificent. You have the eye. :)

    June 10, 2013 at 21:38

  24. I just love the colorful architecture! So picturesque:)

    June 10, 2013 at 21:51

  25. Don

    Wonderful architecture and colours. If only those walls could speak. I wonder what they hold in their stony memories?

    June 10, 2013 at 22:09

  26. Fantastic report. Great architecture …
    Beautiful images.

    June 10, 2013 at 22:11

  27. Oh. There goes the budget. Now I want to put Stockholm on my travel ‘wish list’!

    June 10, 2013 at 22:54

  28. Your buildings and streets look so different from ours!!! So full of character and colour!!

    June 10, 2013 at 23:19

  29. Stockholm is a beautiful city. I love the colorful buildings. Wonderful walk and photos. Have a happy week!

    June 11, 2013 at 00:44

  30. Wonderful muted tonings on these buildings Fi ….. story-book captures.

    June 11, 2013 at 00:51

  31. The buildings are so close together and so tall!:)

    June 11, 2013 at 01:33

  32. I don’t think I’ve ever seen history looking so good. The buildings are beautiful, as are your photos.

    June 11, 2013 at 03:36

  33. I love the palette of the buildings, which I find to be much like that in the oldest sections of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Wonderful tour, thank you.

    June 11, 2013 at 03:56

  34. I read a mystery once that took place in Stockholm and I’ve always wanted to go!

    June 11, 2013 at 04:24

  35. Spectacular Pics!

    June 11, 2013 at 04:34

  36. Beautiful tour of the medieval city! Enjoyed it much!

    June 11, 2013 at 05:55

  37. So pretty!! Beautiful perspectives in your shots!

    June 11, 2013 at 06:12

  38. I absolutely love the history revealed in your photos, the color, and the detail; such fun photos. I am appreciative of the time you spent to get different perspectives, it really adds to the experience of the viewer.

    June 11, 2013 at 06:35

  39. Oh, my! I swoon for architecture like this.
    Thank you for capturing it so beautifully and sharing with us!

    June 11, 2013 at 07:14

  40. You are so lucky to get to travel!

    June 11, 2013 at 07:24

  41. Oh thank you so much for taking us on this walk. I loved every minute of it. Oh to be exploring those cobbled narrow streets. And sitting at that cafe.
    Have a wonderful week.

    June 11, 2013 at 07:48

  42. Colorful and history added.nice post indeed!

    June 11, 2013 at 07:52

  43. That looks to be a place full of magic and mystery. Thank you so much for the tour.

    June 11, 2013 at 08:24

  44. Great photos and amazing buildings. Certainly built to last.

    June 11, 2013 at 08:49

  45. Oh wow! This is poetry all along – words, pictures, beauty – you paint such a delightful picture! Many thanks for the walk, I enjoyed every bit of it:)

    My Yatra Diary…

    June 11, 2013 at 09:07

  46. What an interesting walk through Stockholm ! I had never seen such pictures of the city center !

    June 11, 2013 at 09:36

  47. The decorated electricity boxes reminded me of something I saw in Oman – the air conditioner boxes on the outsides of the buildings were all covered in ornate boxes, which made them look like part of the buildings rather than just an add on.

    Cheers – Stewart M – Melbourne

    June 11, 2013 at 10:10

  48. Wouldn’t it be a good idea if you published a tourist guide with all your beautiful photos of Sweden, the great cities of Sweden , the wonderful views and all combined with your poetical words.

    June 11, 2013 at 10:26

  49. What a stunning collection of street shots, and I love the angles you’ve chosen to take the shots from. The colours of the buildings are delicious, like a selection of ice cream sorbets. Looks like a beautiful city seen through your eyes:-)

    June 11, 2013 at 11:06

  50. Great walk round that

    June 11, 2013 at 11:53

  51. Thank you for the tour. What a beautiful city! I love those colorful buildings.

    Have a great Tuesday. ☺

    June 11, 2013 at 11:54

  52. Fantastic!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada,

    June 11, 2013 at 12:26

  53. How beautiful the town is I remembered Holland. There are also many old buildings like this

    June 11, 2013 at 13:09

  54. indrani

    Lovely facades!

    June 11, 2013 at 14:00

  55. Stockholm’s medieval old town is very interesting to see. Great photos!

    June 11, 2013 at 14:11

  56. JM

    Thank you for this tour. What a gorgeous area!

    June 11, 2013 at 18:37

  57. The passageways just seem to invite exploration


    June 11, 2013 at 19:39

  58. What remarkable photos!

    I love the one with the scaffolding…it looks like a mosaic.

    Such a charming and ‘photogenic’ city!

    June 11, 2013 at 20:06

  59. daryledelstein

    such a fascinating contrast to your usual photos .. love!

    June 11, 2013 at 20:13

  60. Lovely tour! I like what they did with the post boxes:-)

    June 11, 2013 at 21:42

  61. What gorgeous pictures! Such a beautiful city. My brother lived there for a while and I don’t think he ever showed us any photos. How sad… Thanks for giving me a little peak into this historical place! -Danette

    June 11, 2013 at 21:49

  62. What a beautiful city!

    June 11, 2013 at 22:01

  63. Beautiful pictures of a beautiful city.

    June 11, 2013 at 23:19

  64. What a charming place! It looks like someplace I would like to visit.
    Great photos!

    June 11, 2013 at 23:40

  65. I just love the wonderful old architecture and those narrow cobblestone roads!

    June 11, 2013 at 23:47

  66. The architecture is wonderful – the shapes and the colours!

    June 11, 2013 at 23:50

  67. Al

    What a beautiful city.

    June 12, 2013 at 00:45

  68. Jim

    Fiona, this is absolutely beautiful. I would love to stroll through those narrow streets and absorb the ambiance of the past.

    June 12, 2013 at 01:32

  69. Oh ladyfi, I guess your name is Fiona, I did not know that. Anyway, I loved seeing the streets and the Royal Castle. When the King and Queen of Sweden came to my city….guess what, it was so exciting because my family (and me) was chosen to meet and spend time with them. I have photos to prove it. And it was a highlight in my life.

    June 12, 2013 at 03:34

  70. Wow what a beautiful place to explore. Love the cathedral.

    June 12, 2013 at 04:07

  71. jenmuddybootdreams

    There is such a sense of history there, we certainly don’t have that in Canada.


    June 12, 2013 at 05:22

  72. Oh…how gorgeous. Thank you so much for taking us for the historic walk. These are stunning pictures.

    June 12, 2013 at 08:15

  73. Quite fascinating town and picturesque buildings! Colorful images ladyfi

    June 12, 2013 at 08:27

  74. Marvelous architecture. It will be fascinating to walk through those lanes.

    June 12, 2013 at 11:15

  75. Quite Mediterranean colours, not somehow what I would have expected in Stockholm! Thanks for the insights….

    June 12, 2013 at 13:46

  76. Wow, your photos are dynamic and fantastic! I like to walk through history. I’d like to slide into that narrow cobbled lane between the buildings. The architectures in the first image looks like the ones I saw in Germany.

    June 12, 2013 at 16:47

  77. I love how they decorated the electric box and mailbox to blend in. I would love to live somewhere like this, at least for a little bit. Love cobbled streets!

    June 12, 2013 at 17:24

  78. European buildings are so much more interesting and beautiful than American ones!

    June 12, 2013 at 22:20

  79. It is three years since I visited Stockholm. Maybe I should pay her a visit soon.

    June 13, 2013 at 11:14

  80. What a delightful tour of old Stockholm you’ve taken us on!

    June 13, 2013 at 12:41

  81. Wonderful photos. It’s been too long since I last visited Stockholm!

    June 13, 2013 at 18:21

  82. beautiful old town, love those narrow streets, we don’t have that here in USA, at least not where I live in Florida… came over from Monica.

    June 13, 2013 at 19:15

  83. These are beautiful! Love the colorful buildings and the cobblestoned streets!

    June 14, 2013 at 05:09

  84. Beautiful city…Nice shots!!!!!

    June 14, 2013 at 12:42

  85. Hi! Nice shots of Stockholm city. There ia a restraunt named Stockholm in Tokyo. We can eat smorgasbord with aquavit and beer. I have never been in Sweden, I stayed in Denmark for two weeks very long long time ago. I had a penpal in Sweden,her name was Beret. I remembered my young days.
    Thanks for sharing.

    June 15, 2013 at 03:26

  86. marrante cette petite maison où je suppose que c’est une boîte à lettres…

    June 15, 2013 at 08:43

  87. I think I really need to add Stockholm to my bucket list – it looks so amazing and beautiful.

    June 15, 2013 at 14:25

  88. Lovely photos and gorgeous buildings, I can see why that is Stockholm’s iconic square.

    June 17, 2013 at 17:32

  89. Fantastiske bilder fra Stockholms gater! Dit MÅ jeg komme en gang!
    Ha en flott ettermiddag:)

    June 20, 2013 at 14:43

  90. Wonderful.. urban eye candy.

    June 24, 2013 at 21:05

  91. it’s very nice to recognize the streets even it’s a city far away.
    I have very good memories of Stockholm. Such a pleasant city to walk or ride with a bike.

    June 26, 2013 at 21:51

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