Today I left home early in the morning and caught a flight to Stockholm. I made my way from Arlanda airport via a train, then a t-bana ride to my hotel. Unfortunately the short walk from the metro to the hotel involved a sudden downpour so I got a bit wet. No matter, I dried off then went for a late afternoon walk around.

One reason I wanted to visit Stockholm is the metro itself- not for trainspotting purposes, but because many of the stations are uniquely decorated with artwork. I found two stations today I wanted to check out, and I’ll find some more tomorrow. For today, I headed back to T-Centralen, then dropped down never-ending escalators to the blue line. The other lines at the central station are rather plain, but the blue line is more impressive. The bare rock was painted by Per Olof Ultvedt in 1975, the vines and flowers theoretically offering travellers a moment of calm.

T-Centralen station, blue line platform, on the Stockholm T-Bana. The blue vines and flower motifs running along the walls were designed by Per Olof Ultvedt in 1975 - f/5 1/20sec ISO-1000 16mm

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T-Centralen station, blue line platform, on the Stockholm T-Bana. The blue vines and flower motifs running along the walls were designed by Per Olof Ultvedt in 1975 – f/5 1/20sec ISO-1000 16mm

From here, I caught the eastbound train to the next stop, Kungsträdgarden. This station was painted by Ulrik Samuelson in 1977, and contains a colourful mosaic near the escalators, and a variety of roman style pillars, statues and even a small excavation. The red and green colour scheme of the floor apparently symbolise a baroque garden.

Artwork in this station was painted by Ulrik Samuelson in the 1970s - f/4 1/10sec ISO-640 20mm

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Artwork in this station was painted by Ulrik Samuelson in the 1970s – f/4 1/10sec ISO-640 20mm

Artwork in this station was painted by Ulrik Samuelson in the 1970s - f/4 1/10sec ISO-640 17mm

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Artwork in this station was painted by Ulrik Samuelson in the 1970s – f/4 1/10sec ISO-640 17mm

From here I headed south across the bridge (Strömbron) towards the old down Gamla Stan, and was greeted with a nice sunset behind the Parliament House, Riksdaghuset.

Riksdaghuset- the Parliament House viewed from Strömbron at sunset - f/8 1/50sec ISO-100 16mm

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Riksdaghuset- the Parliament House viewed from Strömbron at sunset – f/8 1/50sec ISO-100 16mm

Once over the bridge I wandered along the water to the small island of Riddarholmen. The waterside here gives a nice view over to the city hall, Stadshuset. Apparently you can walk up the tower- maybe tomorrow. The sunset was still playing along quite happily here too.

Stockholm Stadshus - the city hall, viewed from Riddarholmen at sunset - f/8 1/13sec ISO-100 35mm

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Stockholm Stadshus – the city hall, viewed from Riddarholmen at sunset – f/8 1/13sec ISO-100 35mm

Next, I headed into the narrow streets of Gamla Stan to find dinner, ending up with a decent pizza. Before heading back to the hotel I crossed south onto Södermalm and walked up the hill in search of a footpath along a park, Monteliusvägen. It was pretty much dark by this point, and from here you get a great view looking north over the city. I took a few pictures, the one below is of Riddarholmen, the small island I took the photo of Stadshus from.

Riddarholmen at night. This small island just to the west of the Gamla Stan old town is home to the burial church of Swedish monarchs, Riddarholmskyrkan. -  20sec ISO-100

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Riddarholmen at night. This small island just to the west of the Gamla Stan old town is home to the burial church of Swedish monarchs, Riddarholmskyrkan. – 20sec ISO-100


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