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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…

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Swedish Smalltowns – Eslöv

I have lived in Skåne for half of my life, but I have never been to Eslöv. The town has a population just below 20.000 and was once known as “the most boring town in Sweden”. Last week, I set out to check if it is funnier today…

Eslov[ The Cup Of Coffee ]

This time I started out with a cup of coffee and a Swedish “Semla” at this Café. That wasn’t boring at all. Well it was a little annoying that you could not see through the windows in the café. After the coffee I walked the streets of the central parts of Eslöv.

Eslov-2[ The Street Picture ]

I should not say that the town is boring – but I miss something about it. Something that give a nice cozy feeling as you walk around. There are a lot of things going on, and a lot of people on the move. The stores are busy at the Christmas sale…but well…it’s actually a little, tiny bit…boring…

Eslov-3[ The Historic Picture]

I searched for something old, that could make a nice historic picture…but most things seemed to be relatively new. Finally I found this nice half-timbered building.

The railway station in Eslöv is a nice building – as many station houses are. And where can you find the name of the town – if not on the station house…

Eslov-4[ The Name Of The Town ]

Moving on to find an attraction of Eslöv. Well…I probably should have done my research better, but I had some trouble finding anything one could call an attraction. And when I did – I am not sure if it really is an attraction that actually attract people – but I found it rather cool…

Eslov-5[ The Attraction Picture ]

The Community Center from 1947 is beautiful in it’s own way. The design is something from the past and gives me a little of the cozy small town feeling that I missed. As I leave Eslöv I sum it up to this; a town that has a lot of life, but miss the little things that make the town something special.

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.

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

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

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IMG_4958Another view of Storforsen outside Vidsel. Powerful as always.

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The 6th of June – the Swedish National Day.

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Black and White from a trip on the countryside today…

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A wall of sorrow. Reactions from the terror act in Stockholm, april 7th.

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Pines in the middle of nowhere…

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Finally summer is here…

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A fresh snapshot from Lidköping, Västergötland.

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Soon the cathedral will disappear behind the green trees. Växjö, Småland, today.

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

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Lake Vättern. The morning fog is still thick in the middle of the lake.

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