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Gamla Stan, Stockholm, Sweden - 15th December 2007

Nosher and Isobel head over to Stockholm in Sweden to catch a bit of that wintry "festive cheer". As hoped, the weather - although grey - is suitably cold, with temperatures rarely getting above -1°C during the day, and hovering around -5°C at night. Stockholm's Gamla Stan (old town) is nice and Christmassy, with decorations and markets everywhere. The hotel is excellent - it's the Hotel Victory, and is stuffed with naval antiques from the time of Nelson. Cool.

next album: Uppsala, Sweden - 16th December 2007
previous album: Brome Swan Cycling Club Christmas Dinner, Brome - 8th December 2007

Alley in Gamla Stan, Stockholm

A water-dispensing gargoyle

A festive Christmas tree

The Svenska Akademien

Nicely cobbled lane

A random Christmas gnome

The old town's not all old: some neon signs, and fast food

A graffiti'd door

Stockholm's main shopping street

A mobile sausage van

The famous anti-war twisted Colt revolver

Isobel tucks in to a tasty sausage snack

Stockholm square

Bright orange fruits

In the underground station, we check out our directions

A bronze model of Gamla Stan announces 'Du st&aang;r Här' (you are here)

A bright red church

Iz mills around outside the church

Columns nicely lit with orange light

A fisheye view of the church

A lavishly-gold pulpit

Broken cast-iron pipes

A Christmas stall

A guy on a Segway roams around handing out roasted nuts

The Christmas stall has a lit-up reindeer

Old gramophone and neon sign, Gamla Stan

Narrow lane and flower shop

Iz takes her shoes of in our hotel room

In the hotel lobby: a scary lion

A kind of makeshift wooden horse

Looking over the water towards the Stadshuset

A Thai buffet sign, somewhat unfortunately named 'Pong'

City lights, and Christmas market

In the Wasa (Vasa) Museum, Iz scopes out reconstructions of the carvings on the stern of the ship

The lavishly-carved stern of the Vasa

The whole of the ship

Close-up of the stern carvings

We pause by a conveniently-placed brazier

Night market

A temporary ice-rink at the Christmas market

Some dude shows off a bit

Nosher has his own food stall

Night view towards the Stadshuset

Iz drinks some Glögg

The restaurant Franziskaner

Festive street

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Alley in Gamla Stan, Stockholm