Sweden

Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, is an enchanting city comprised of fourteen islands of the vast Stockholm archipelago on the Baltic Sea. There are views of water from every vantage point, sparkling on sunny days. People travel on foot over the fifty bridges or by ferry, a quick, delightful, inexpensive mode of transportation.  The Moderna Museet has one of the world’s best collections of art, spanning from 1900 to the present day.

Mushrooms, Moderna Museet

Carsten Höller, Belgian Artist born 1961, living in Stockholm,  Giant Mushroom, Supersurrealism Exhibit, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

 

Ship in a Bottle, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

Yinka Shonibare (British-Nigerian Artist born U.K., 1962), Vasa Ship in a Bottle Hanging in the Lobby, Moderna Museet, Stockholm (Commission for the Opening of the Museum, 2004)

Louise Nevelson Sculpture, Moderna Museet

Louise Nevelson, American Artist (1900-1988), Sculpture, Moderna Museet, Stockholm

 

The Thiel Gallery, in a park on the outskirts of Stockholm, can be reached by bus from the city center. One of the finest art museums in Sweden, it is beautifully set in walled grounds in the royal park of Djurgården. The gallery houses a unique collection of works of art from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by leading artists of the period including Eugène Jansson, Carl Larsson, Bruno Liljefors, Edvard Munch, August Strindberg and Anders Zorn. The building was designed by Ferdinand Boberg specifically to house banker and art patron Ernest Thiel’s magnificent art collection and was completed in 1907. The Thiel Gallery also served as Ernest Thiel’s home from 1907 to 1924 and has remained largely unaltered ever since. There is an excellent article about Stockholm in the June 1996 issue of The Atlantic Magazine (The Atlantic).

We stayed at:

  • Hotel Skeppsholmen, near the Moderna Museet and overlooking a park and the water, a charming, welcoming hotel with nautical decor (see photo of hotel and surroundings above, provided by Hotel Skeppsholmen)

Our favorite restaurants in Stockholm are:

  • Oaxen Slip, a charming restaurant we reached by bus, communal tables, delicious, imaginative food; we had the pleasure of dining next to two gentlemen from Australia, the publisher of belle, the leading Australian food and travel magazine, and his partner
  • Gastrologik, run by Jakob & Anton, one Michelin star, fresh produce, pristine white decor, the menu consists of twelve marvelous courses and is a surprise (though they ask ahead of time via email about any allergies)
    • The produce is local and the ingredients are most unusual
  • Speceriet, the casual sibling of Gastrologik right next door, does not take reservations and seats guests at high communal tables

 

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Parade, Stockholm

 

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Ellen Waiting for the Ferry, Stockholm

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