Thursday Doors in Stockholm, Sweden

Our cruising adventure, this year, started in Stockholm. We went a few days early, before the ship sailed, so we could see this outstanding city. Now, I must tell all, keeping in the spirit here, that the average year round temperature in Stockholm is 46 degrees. In the summer make that 65 degrees. On our days there, the temperature was 85 degrees. Now, we are used to hot and humid weather most of the year, but we are not used to low, or barely felt, or non-existent air-conditioning. Most of the shops and restaurants do not have any air-conditioning. In keeping with many of the Baltic countries environmental policies, the places that did offer air-conditioning were minimal at best and the air conditioning was set to barely move the air around.  On that note, it is also sunny 18 hours a day in the summer. So, we stayed out late into the evening hours to keep the coolest we could, and only then, returned to the hot hotel to make dear use of the blackout curtains! But, that is why one travels: to learn new things and see how others live.

Now, a little background on Stockholm……….Stockholm is on the east coast of Sweden, where the freshwater Lake Mälaren flows into the Baltic Sea. The central parts of the city consists of fourteen islands, part of the Stockholm Archipelago. The city center is situated on the water in Riddarfjärden Bay. Think Venice on steroids and without the gondolas! Over thirty percent of the city is made up of waterways and another thirty percent is parks and green spaces. We had to decide what islands we would like to see in our short three days there. We started in Gamla Stan, (Old Town) where many of the streets and buildings have been saved from the “Modernist Era.” In Gamla Stan, the colorful 17th and 18th century buildings still stand among the old cobblestone streets. Our first stop was the bridge to the Parliament building in Old Town.

Old Town Stockholm: Parliament

Fine (Door Ways) to get us off to a good start on our Doorscursion!

Old Town Stockholm: Parliament

And just to give you an idea of the bridges and water that was everywhere!

Stockholm, Sweden

There is a lot of new building in progress in Stockholm. They are building more residences with causeways connecting them, to keep the foot traffic at a minimum and still provide more housing. Over 10 million people live in Sweden and 2.4 million live in the Metro area of Stockholm!

Old Town Stockholm: Parliament

So, let’s walk down the historic Old Town streets first, that’s what we like the most!

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

and a view of one of the park neighborhoods……..

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

And finally, I’m showing a door close up!

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

There has to be a folk singer at a folkart center!

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

The doors were awesome in Stockholm….. very ornate and detailed with BIG numbers on them!

Old Town Stockholm: Street View
Old Town Stockholm: Street View

The peachy-colored buildings are always eye catching to me…..this building and door were no exception…………

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

The door was Number 2!

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

I waited and waited and waited to get a photo of this telephone door without anyone in it. These folks were having nothing of it! I think they were too exhausted (or mad) to move!

Old Town Stockholm: Phone Booth

To give you an idea of the back streets with its tunnels……

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

Don’t you just really admire the door with a door with a door? Pretty fancy this one!

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

I loved this door with the gas light above it!

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

You can’t ever get very far from the water, no matter what street you go down…….

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

Then there are the tiny alleyways connecting tiny streets…….

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

With more very detailed and fabulous doors………..

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

This door led to an underground bar (Viking by the looks of it)…….I waited until they opened that door to get a peek inside.

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

From the perfect columned door………….

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

to the plain and bolted door……….there was a lot to see!

Old Town Stockholm: Street View

Let’s walk over to another island now……..checking out all the boats……..that will be another post on Stockholm……

Stockholm: Ferry and View

to the Stockholm City Hall……..

Stockholm City Hall

Oh, and I forgot to show one of the guards and his door, at the Royal Palace in Old Town…..

Old Town Stockholm: Royal Palace

and last, but not least, this little niche/archway at the City Hall. What in the world is going on with him and the snakes?

Old Town Stockholm: City Hall

I hope you have enjoyed a few doors from Stockholm! I have lots more to share from the Baltics in the coming days! ….It will take me weeks to write all about the different cities we visited and the places we discovered, but stay tuned, they were fantastic finds! Enjoy!

PS The Featured Door reveals that the shops roll out the red carpet for all who visit Stockholm!

Look here to see what others are doing for Norm’s Doors!

It’s easy to do Norm’s Doors. Photograph some doors and post them to Thursday Doors on Thursday!

PS All photos were taken on our IPhones this year……..we are traveling lighter!

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Sheree says:

    Those are some fabulous doors!

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  2. Stockholm is one of my favourite cities. Love your pictures.

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  3. Jackie says:

    Fabulous. Baltics are on my bucket list.

    I am leaving my bulky DSLR camera at home these days too.

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    1. Jackie it is liberating and I think my photos are even better!

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  4. Junieper2 says:

    Oh here you are! Last week I was thinking where has she gone? Wow this was worth a visit for all the beautiful doors. I think my favorites are the first door’s design, and the first black door. Many thanks for giving us a view of the old part of town with the stone laid streets, and all the bridges and rivers. Glad to have found you back!
    Jesh

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    1. Oh girl, I feel like I have been around the world three times! Being gone a month means lots of catching up to do! Loved Stockholm, all the cities we visited were very different!

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      1. Junieper2 says:

        Miss traveling like we did before, but there’s no choice, having our funds tied up in my art – it is worth it! That’s why I like your blog – I am seeing thngs through your eyes:):)

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  5. slfinnell says:

    The phone booth photo made a great story line lol She’ll forever be remembered with those arms crossed 🙂 at least in my mind. That City Hall door is something else too! my fave.

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    1. That couple definitely had something going on. Their body language said it all! You would not believe the number of photos I have at different angles to get a photo of that door front! They would not budge! Makes for a good vaca remembrance!

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      1. slfinnell says:

        Most definitely memorable lol!

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  6. lolaWi says:

    awesome doors and doorways! thank you for showing Stockholm! 🙂

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  7. Norm 2.0 says:

    I had no idea that Stockholm would be such a door-bountiful place to visit. You seriously hit the jackpot here. So many grand old doors and even the simpler ones have a unique charm to them. Thanks for the tour and for opening my eyes to the beauty of this city.

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  8. Stockholm was a surprise for us as well. I like that they kept their OLD TOWN old!

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  9. Jo Shafer says:

    My favorite is the “perfectly columned door” in this series. It exude serenity.

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