I next flew to London to overnight with my buddy Kasim, and then went on to
visit Sweden, a country I had never previously seen.
Here is Kasim Sadir and his friend Asya at a nice little Thai place in East End London.
They were kind enough to agree to entertain me in the 8 hours between my flight landing at
London Stansted, and my early morning flight to Stockholm (not really Stockholm, but more later on that)
Asya toured Kasim and I through The City, an older business district of London. This is a pretty dark picture of
a pub called "Dirty Dicks", which I found entertaining.
We then took a walk across the Thames and ventured along the Queen's Walk. This is the Tower Bridge around 2:30 AM.
The picture of the Tower Bridge was taken from the new, modern London bridge. This isn't the London Bridge you
know from the nursery rhymes.
Tower Bridge, but at 4:00 AM, as I'm rushing to catch my train back to London Stansted. This is a really
nice picture, courtesy of Kasim.
From London, I flew to Stockholm Västerås, which is actually similar to flying into
Saskatoon Prince Albert airport. The moral of the story, is check where the airport actually is, relative
to where you want to be.
So, after about an hour and a bit bus ride through the countryside, I arrived into the majestic city of Stockholm.
This is looking northwards from the central train station. The Lonely Planet agrees with my assessment of this
city as being one of the world's most beautiful capital cities: Lonely Planet Online .
This is a small commercial marketplace (more touristy than anything else), but a pretty nice walk.
Like all major commercial areas, this area tended to attract the weirdos and buskers. This one was
a Michael Jackson impersonator, and doing a mean moon walk.
As Sweden is a constitutional monarchy, there are many regal symbols throughout the city of Stockholm, such as
many stone lions. The stone lions get the Paul Perrault stamp of approval.
The river area around Gamla Stan (the old city) also merits the stamp. This city is chock full
of little islands, bridges, and canals.
One of the main pedestrian walkways into the Swedish parliament area, just before getting onto Gamla Stan.
Explanation for what is going on with the waterways right now. Apparently they are having problems with
older buildings foundations' rotting, so they're moving an entire lake to keep everything in check.
Maybe tell Venice how to do that too...
While not quite as gay as the Swiss guards in the Vatican, these guys definitely rank highly. Their job
is to guard the palace.
Here's one of those queer-looking guards. I think he's hitting on me...
Inside the main cathedral in Stockholm, Storkyrkan, I actually found old brick columns! I have to think that the brick is
just a facade as this church was built in the 14th century. You can take a virtual tour of the Cathedral HERE .
This is what the telephone booths look like in Stockholm.
VIDEO The Changing of the Guard at the Stockholm Castle.
To the front of the Nobel Museum is this square with some pretty cool-looking buildings. The colour
scheme would never pass in Kanata, ON, Canada.
The Nobel Museum in Stockholm is a great museum honouring all of the Nobel Laureates over the years.
This is a great quote from a great man, Richard Feynman.
In addition to the Laureate exhibition, there was also an exhibition called "Science + Fiction".
No one was more shocked than I to see the honourable Jedi Yoda at the Nobel Museum.
In Gamla Stan (the old town), there are some very small walkways and cobblestone roads.
This particular one wasn't much more than 1 m wide in the narrowest part.
This was some kind of Swedish candy that was kind of like licorice wrapped around the really bad
bubble gum you get for Hallowe'en. I should've bought the Swedish berries.
One of the local radio stations was sponsoring an outdoor fun festival, and they had a portable
Sweden has a historical link to St George, and statues of him bootsaucing the dragon
are all over the city.
It turns out even in 1784, architects were making a mess of construction sites.
This is part of the gardens behind some of the parliamentary buildings. The top of the
roof is complete with what is considered to be "Swedish" windows - the little round ones
on the top.
If you look at who owns this barge, you'd see that he probably drives a large car, if
you know what I mean.
On to hiking in Northern Sweden
On to more Stockholm fun!
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