Sweden Trip, April 2018 Part 4
Before we started our walking tour, we stopped at Espresso House so my dad and I could get some coffee. These Espresso Houses are like Starbucks there. They have a couple of Starbucks of course, but Espresso House is their Starbucks. There is one on every corner! It's pretty good coffee too.
The walking tour was very informative. We walked through Gamla Stan and she explained the little details that we kept seeing on the buildings, such as decorative ankarslutar, or "anchor plates". The more decorative they are on buildings, it was a sign of financial wealth, so that person, or family had more money to make them decorative. If you didn't have a lot of money or didn't care to make them decorative, they just looked like an "X" on each floor of the building. What the anchor plate does is it holds the wooden beams in the building which then holds up the whole building. They keep the integrity of the structure together.
|Some of the anchor plates look like lines, or an "X". On this building, they aren't fancy or ornate, they are just the standard anchor plates. But, I do love how colorful the buildings are!|
|The Fire Mark was a metal plated emblem that was placed above the doors to the building, as you can see in the photo below. This signaled the fire brigade to rescue their belongings. Photo from Shadows of a Forgotten World|
|Photo from Shadows of a Forgotten World.|
Järnpojke or Iron Boy which is the smallest public (or open-air) monument in Stockholm. People give him little gifts in order for wishes to be granted, they also say that rubbing his head is lucky, so of course I partook in the tradition. We walked by the second oldest restaurant in the world and I discovered there was another Hemköp near by. I was excited to go inside after the tour was over. Our last stop of the walking tour was Stortorget, which is the oldest square in Gamla Stan and it holds a sinister story. If you have ever seen Game of Thrones, the Red Wedding was inspired by the gruesome events that took place in Stortorget. You can read a synopsis of the story in the caption of the photo of Stortorget below.
|Smallest street in the world: Mårten Trotzigs gränd (Alley of Mårten Trotzigs)|
|The Royal Palace. The building is so vast. I tried doing a panorama on the building but even that didn't capture it in it's full glory.|
|Järnpojke (Iron Boy) - Stockholm's smallest open-air monument.|
|Stortorget was where the Stockholm Bloodbath took place in 1520. The Danish king had invited the Swedish dignitaries to a banquet after conquering Sweden. This banquet was a ploy to get the dignitaries into the town, which was later locked and gated so no exit was allowed. For three days, King Kristian II (the Danish king) beheaded the Swedish dignitaries in order to officially claim Sweden. One of the dignitaries' sons, Gustav Vasa was not able to make the banquet, he was invited as well, but turned down the invitation because he did not trust the Danish people. The rest of Gustav's family was invited and attended the banquet, as the Swedish people were promised safety and amnesty, but were later beheaded. Gustav Vasa revolted for the next three years and became the king of Sweden, King Gustav Vasa. For the full legend on Gustav Vasa, you can visit this link from Issuu.|
|I felt very Swedish with my outfit that day.|
|I was wishing for a successful time in nursing school. Thank you, Iron Boy for granting me that!|
|Second oldest restaurant in the world: Den Glyden Freden (English: The Golden Peace). We were going to have a dessert there but we just didn't have enough time. Next visit to Stockholm we will definitely pay a visit!|
|I loved the store window in this cafe! It was just a bunch of piled up oranges, but I thought it was so pretty.|
Åhléns near our hotel) and I bought some packaged punsch rolls and other delicious pastries. I could not get enough of those punsch rolls. To this day, I still love those Swedish treats.