cliff walk

Taking in the view from the cliff walk on Södermalm. Photo by Robert Corkery.

We’ve had some friends in visiting from Australia and so today we took them on a cycle tour of the city. After meeting up at the appropriately touristy Stadshuset or City Hall, we then took them to Riddarholmen to see the church there, then on to Gamla Stan and Södermalm. Söder is the island where we have lived most of the time while in Stockholm, so it felt good to be back in our old haunts.

Since Bill and Jenny had read The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, we gave them a bit of a where art meets life tour and showed them some of the spots made famous in the book, including Mikael Blomkvist’s apartment at Bellmansgatan 1 and Mellqvist coffee bar, where the real-life author of the book Stieg Larsson actually sat and worked. Then we showed them Montelius Vägen where Salander walked on her way to see Blomkvist.

From there, we went off the tourist trek and on the cycle path around the island, stopping to see Långholmen prison and the garden houses along the way. We had brunch at Kvarnen, a spot where Blomqvist and Salander frequently met up, but which I had forgotten about until later. Our brunch was a Swedish feeding frenzy with salmon, herring, meatballs, reindeer, Västerbottenpaj or a cheese quiche and much, much more. It was so good and just what we needed after cycling for hours on a gray and chilly Sunday.


1 Jenny and bill September 26, 2010 at 21:41

Thanks Sandra and Rob for a wonderful tour of sights that we would never have managed to do on our own. You are wonderful hosts and we look forward to cooking up a storm in Sydney when you next visit!

Your blogs are great and you have seen a lot of the world!

We hope the energy burned on cycling offset the feeding frenzy at lunch, but given our current etherised state lying on our bed we dont think so!

Jenny and Bill

2 admin September 26, 2010 at 21:50

Thanks Jenny and Bill. it was our pleasure.

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