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Gamla Stan – Stockholm’s Old Town

 After the ordeal of the last post, we finally made it to Gamla Stan, translated, it means The Old Town. Very fitting for this area of Stockholm, Sweden.

Gamla Stan dates back to the 13th century and contains many of Stockholm’s famous landmarks, such as Parliament, the Royal Palace, the Nobel Museum and Stockholm Cathedral.

Halloween had come and gone, but Gamla Stan wasn’t going to let it go that easily!

Many of the streets are very tall, very cramped, and with all the snow and ice, very slippy.

This might not be the most cultured thing to do, but we don’t have Ben and Jerry’s stores like this in the UK!

The low hanging sun really took it’s toll on my photographs of it.

It’s a beautiful building, maybe visit at a better hour!

For a fee you can enter the building and have a walk around, we didn’t do this, but if you have the time, it could be worth it!

I’m going to be fully honest, the reason there aren’t external shots of Storkyrkan (Stockholm Cathedral) is because I hate the ones I took. Rather than post something of very, very poor quality, I’d rather omit it.

Yes, this is supposed to be a travel blog, but I also had a schedule to keep and shot myself in the foot by not spending more time taking photographs of the exterior.

Instead, enjoy these shots of the solemn interior.

Entry is free, with a fee encouraged.

Saint George slaying the dragon.

I’m not a religious person, but European Catholic cathedrals are always breathtaking. I’ve visited a couple across Europe, the architecture is never short of stunning.

Stortoget (The Big Square) is famed for the colourful buildings lining it.

The colours are much more muted, like you see in these photos, than they appear online. I was debating editing these, upping the contrast and saturation, but this is what it’s actually like!

Very colourful, but understated like the rest of the city.

Sadly construction of small markets meant that we could only view and photograph some of the buildings from very close.

Enter, the Nobel Museum!

I visited the Nobel Institute in Oslo, so I was very intrigued as to how this would compare.

I’ve gotta say, I loved the Oslo Institute SO much more. This place focused on the Nobel Prizes awarded for science, which is very interesting, however I’m much more fascinated by the laureates and peace prizes!

This did feel very Monsters Inc.

There were little experiments for children to try out, so naturally, as a 21 year old man I gave it a go.

I couldn’t do it.

There was a small section focused on other prize recipients. I love Malala Yousoufzai, she’s a complete inspiration and one of the most amazing people on the planet. It was a great moment to see the scarf she wore on her 16th birthday when she addressed the UNITED NATIONS.

She’s bloody incredible.

This is the best selfie I’ve taken in my damn life and it was an impulsive pic in a museum.

Whereas I spent ages taking shots of the exterior of buildings in Stockholm and they’re all crap. I’m not bitter in the slightest.

Painted skies.

Small little winding streets in a little winding city.

Playing in deep snow near a beautiful riverbank. This was almost otherworldy! You can never get this close to rivers in England it seems, especially in city centres, nor do we get this snow. London’s pollution seems to eat the snow somehow.

A beautiful purple ice rink!

 And I leave you on this beautiful path looking like it’s been ripped straight from a Christmas movie set in Central Park.

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