Sunday, September 9, 2012

Gamla Stan means The Old Town

Continuing with my great Stockholm Sketching Adventure here are some sketches from Gamla Stan, Stockholm. Gamla Stan means The Old Town, and it is indeed very old. Many structures there date back to 1600′s, with some going as far back as 12th century.

I sketched this sitting in a cafe on the intersection of three streets, Norra Bankogrand is the street in the sketch. It leads to the piers, there between the buildings, and Baltic sea.

I was so lucky to be able to get together with Nina Johansson, and we sketched in the Old Town in Skeppar Olofs Alley. The first mention of this little street goes back to 1587. I was sitting on a stoop behind Nina and was able to get her into my sketch.

We only had 30 minutes in the Skeppar Olofs because we were meeting Ed Harker at the Stortorget, the Big Square in Gamla Stan. Ed is a sketcher from Bath, England. At Stortorget we sat in a cafe sketching, and my view just happened to be The Swedish Academy and Nobel Museum - the place where they make decisions on Nobel Prize winners every year since 1901.

In Gamla Stan any direction you face there's going to be something beautiful and historically significant.


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