Sunday, June 10, 2012

Discovering Stockholm: Part II

After a long, oft-interrupted (thank you four snoring Japanese businessmen!) sleep, we headed out for day two.  The weather wasn't much better.  It was raining less, but so much colder.  Our goal for the day had been to see Skansen (the Swedish equivalent of Plymouth Plantation or Greenfield Village).  Who wouldn't want to see that??!!  We just couldn't imagine being outside long enough and couldn't justify paying the equivalent of 14 Euros to stay 20 minutes.  I know I need to get myself back to Sweden to experience it.  The Swedes were not deterred.  Decked out in foul-weather gear head to toe, we saw family after family just going for it.

Our mail goal no longer feasible, we headed to our (close) second choice, The Nordic Museum.  We took LOTS of pictures.  It was very very cool to see so much Swedish history, including handcrafts. Y'all know how much I love that stuff!.

This guy greeted us in the main hall.  The inscription beneath his throne reads "be Swedish!"


The first exhibit (and P's favorite) was all about flags, including the history of the Swedish one.  How cool is that?  The first picture shows its many historical incarnations.  The second is the Swedish (and possibly broader Scandinavian) tradition of putting the flag on the Christmas tree.  What a sweet idea, I am going to have to start doing that!

We proceeded to the weaving exhibition.  There were looms set up where local artists had woven modern examples of traditional patterns.  Some were very avant-garde, and some were very traditional.  I liked the traditional, surprise of the century there.  The second picture shows an artist introducing two Swedish children to weaving.

As for me, two exhibits tied for first place.  I actually REALLY liked the whole thing and would go back in a moment.  I would have loved to take more pictures, time, and notes at the Handcraft and Folk Art exhibits!  This exhibit, "Slojd," was full of handmade garments, toys, and art objects.  I could have stayed in there forever.

The Folk Art exhibit was no less cool.  I could have spent an equal amount of time there!

To end our museum visit, we checked out exhibits on traditions and homes and the native people, the Sami.  Note the trilingual descriptions for the exhibition.  Swedish, Sami language, and English.

So glad that we got to go to this wonderful and informative museum.  I would really recommend this museum as a stop in Stockholm.  It even has a fun-looking kids' playroom with old stores and buildings for the younger set.

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