2018 #4

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A bottle on a bench in central Linköping today. A gray and rainy day…at least before noon. Makes great pictures…

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2018 #2

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2018 #1

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Swedish Smalltowns – Vadstena

Vadstena in Östergötland is one of my favorites. I love to walk around in the central parts of the town with my camera. Most of the beautiful houses are from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. The town has a population of about 5.500 and is most known for it´s monastery and castle.

Vadstena[ The Street Picture ]

Just as I started my walk through the streets this time, it started to snow. Big snow flakes. Really nice…but hard go get on a picture – but if you look close…

As I walk, the shops are closing for the day – it´s Saturday afternoon the 30th of december. The street lights will soon be lit up and give that nice feeling I really like. A lot of people are still wandering around the town – even though the shops are closed. As I take pictures, a family asks me to take a picture of them with their phone.

Vadstena-4[ The Name of the Town ]

I try to get a cup of coffee at the Old Café, but it´s full at the moment. I have to continue my photowalk, and that is not a problem. The snow is beautifully falling down and the whole town is like postcard.

Vadstena-3[ The Historic Picture ]

There are a lot of Swedish history in Vadstena. The signs on the “historic picture” shows the way…

Vadstena-2[ The Cup of Coffee ]

Finally there was a free table at the Old Café (the house on the right in the picture). My glasses went completely white as I got in to the Café. The coffee was served in small cups on a plate – just the way I like it. Nice.

Vadstena-5[ The Attraction Picture ]

As I walk toward the car I see the castle in the distance. The snow has stopped falling now. I head back home to prepare for the new year…

Swedish Smalltowns – Skänninge

I have a new project; Swedish Smalltowns. You can read more about it here. To start of I went to Skänninge – a town nearby…

This was the second darkest day of the year. The snow was almost gone and it was a slight drizzle in the air. It sure doesn’t show the town at it best – but that is not the purpose. I want to give a snapshot from a typical Swedish Smalltown as it is…

Skänninge-6[The Street Picture ]

Short Facts: Skänninge has a population of around 3.000 and is situated in Östergötland County. It is one of the oldest towns in Sweden. The town has a big market in august each year, which tradition goes back a thousand years..

I have been to Skänninge a lot, I live not more than 20 km away. The wooden houses gives the central parts great charm. Sadly not all of them are in good shape any more.

Skänninge[The Name Picture]

Skänninge is an old town – but never the less it has a special old part (gamla = old). I don’t think it is older than the rest of Skänninge, but it has a museum, a garden and a café. The “old” parts of Skänninge is worth a visit – especially in the summer – but also in this part of the year. As the sun sets, the beautiful old style lamp-posts light up the streets.

Skänninge-5[The Attraction Picture]

The fourteenth century church is in the center of the town. Nearby is the town square, where the is a statue of “Ture Lång” – an old symbol of the towns jurisdiction. These days one of the tourist attractions of the town.

I can imagine that the streets in the central parts were quite busy in the mid 20:th century. Now they seem more like sleepy streets. A lot of shops are closed or have moved out to the perimeters or to the bigger cities in the vicinity. But still some shops remain and som are really like “the old days”. As I walk a street a man is standing on a ladder, taking down the sign of a shop. In this case it looks as if they are going to replace it with a new one. Nice. A shop that stays in business.

Skänninge-4[The Historic Picture]

Obviously there are a lot of things in Skänninge that qualify to be in the “Historic Picture” – but I fell for the old shop in the Town Square. I especially like the neon sign.
As the afternoon darkness falls upon the town it lights up. The windows shines with Christmas decorations and it all feels a little bit more cozy.  I start to look for a cup of coffee. I pass by a cinema in a backstreet. The streets are getting a little bit busier. I find my coffee across the church. A small café named “Bok-källan” that seemed to be related to the church in a way. They only accepted cash – which I didn’t have…so I had to find an ATM.

Skänninge-3[The Coffee Picture]

The café was quite crowded. I got a really good cup of coffee and a great home made sponge cake for 15 Swedish Crones – about 1 Euro and 50 Cents. Not bad…

As I leave Skänninge the longest night of the year has started.

2017 #31

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A couple of pictures from a trip to Norrbotten. The Pite River.

2017 #30

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Cows by the small lake “Lillsjön”, south of Linköping

2017 #28

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The 6th of June – the Swedish National Day.

2017 #27

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Black and White from a trip on the countryside today…

2017 #23

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A fresh snapshot from Lidköping, Västergötland.

2017 #21

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Went for a short hike in a nearby forest today. Nice.

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