Stockholm, A Scandinavian Beauty
This wonderful trip is unfortunately getting close to the end. We left Finland under the storm and reached the Swedish coast for the last hundreds of kilometers in Scandinavia. However I do not want to leave before seeing once again this Scandinavian beauty that already fascinated me five years ago. This time the beauty has not been created by mother nature. This time, the beauty is … a city. Yes, you read well, a Scandinavian city! ;) One usually travels through Scandinavia for its gorgeous landscapes and wilderness, or maybe for its fascinating history, not for cities, right? But an exception can be made for Sweden and its picturesque capital : Stockholm.
As big as it can be, Stockholm is the greenest capital city I have seen so far. This is the only big city I have visited in which I felt at ease, even when driving through it. This place is so clean, so spaced out and the people so relaxed that a big part of the stress implied by cities just goes away.
We have been traveling for two months and a half from remote places to remote places, from small villages to small villages. Seeing a city with so much life and colors is kind of a shock. But a pleasant one. We mostly focus on the old town for a question of time, but this is anyway the place we really want to visit once again. Imagine yellow and orange tinted walls, skimpy cobblestoned alleys dominated by a church and its steeple … almost a feeling of a village somewhere in Provence, isn’t it? But the typical architecture, the royal palace and its guards and the fact that the old city is on an island definitely make the difference.
Restaurants and cafes are in full swing, streets are animated, souvenir shops can be found everywhere, … This is the description of the kind of place I usually run away from, but weirdly I feel good. Maybe the lights of the setting sun and the smell of good food help, who knows? ;)
I am usually not really a city-liker but I have to admit that if you have the occasion to come to Sweden and visit Stockholm, do it!