50 shades of gray: the heart of winter in Stockholm

February 10, 2013

in Living abroad,Living in Sweden,Stockholm,Stockholm walks,Sweden

Baltic sea canal Stockholm

A Baltic Sea canal on Djurgården.

winter in Stockholm

It's hard to tell the land from the sea here, but Robert is standing on a jetty on the frozen Baltic Sea.

It’s been really, really gray for days on end. Depending on where you look, it can feel like you are living in a monochrome world. It’s a gray scale of color that ranges from white to black and with a whole lot of in between shades of gray. It’s intense. And maybe not for the fainthearted because it regularly threatens to knock me down.

Robert and I took at long walk on Djurgården – a park island in the center of Stockholm – yesterday. And oh my, it was gray. But wow, it was gorgeous even so.

winter in stockholm

Where's the beach?

stockholm in winter

And that is the frozen sea beneath the tree.

stockholm in winter

Beach grass.

stockholm in winter

Lover's break.



1 James February 10, 2013 at 15:51

Great pics! Leaving in 3 weeks time. Wow! It looks like there’ll still be a fair bit of snow and ice around when I arrive.

2 Sandra February 10, 2013 at 18:47

Thanks James. And yes, I would say that you will have snow. It went a bit above freezing for a few days recently and the snow melted, but it keeps coming back. I have to say that I prefer having the snow. It makes it brighter on those gray days! And fyi: there was no photoshop on those pics. Just gray!

3 Lou Lou February 11, 2013 at 10:55

Grade 1 snow storm today, many more shades of gray still to come…

4 Miss Footloose | Life in the Expat Lane February 11, 2013 at 13:57

Beautiful pictures, and great views out of my own window as well, and yes, it is not at all as monochrome as it first appears. I do appreciate the beauty and serenity of it all, but I am still not a winter person. So looking forward to warmer weather and spring flowers.

5 janerowena February 11, 2013 at 15:39

It’s been very grey and snowy here too, although not as bad as you, as we do get the odd blue sky and complete thaw. My heart did sink this morning when I looked out and saw snow was back again after almost a week without. Back to grit and salt and all those layers of wet clothes. I get more depressed by snowy winters with every passing year. I can finally understand all those who flee south in their retirement.

6 Sandra February 11, 2013 at 22:30

Oh yes Lou Lou, we will definitely be getting more days like these. We should be in Oz right now…

7 Sandra February 11, 2013 at 22:31

Thanks Miss Footloose. Glad you could see the shades in the gray too. I really did think it was beautiful. As for spring, I don’t dare to even think about it yet. It will be a long time coming here!

8 Sandra February 11, 2013 at 22:34

Oh, the gray does get old, doesn’t it Jane? Stockholm doesn’t put salt down, but rather gritty sand. So the streets really do get grimy here. All my boots are in need of cleaning right now.

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