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

For more history, please visit: Our World.

92 thoughts on “Walking through history

  1. 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!


  2. 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.


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


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. 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.


  8. 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 🙂


  9. 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


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


  11. 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.


  12. 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.


  13. 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.


  14. 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.


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