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Stockholm's Old Town: The Charm (and Cheesiness) of Gamla Stan - Little Observationist
I realised I haven’t shared anything about our weekend in Stockholm yet apart from the stunning gardens of Rosendals Trädgård. Our first afternoon, we dumped our bags off at the hotel and headed for Gamla Stan, the city’s Old Town, and indeed the oldest area of Stockholm. If you’re looking at a map, it’s smack in the middle – “the town between the bridges”. It has a medieval feel to it, and it’s a place steeped in history, but its also become a proper tourist attraction. We crisscrossed the pedestrianised narrow cobbled alleyways, occasionally dodging a guided walking tour group, navigating our way through a maze of back streets with sand coloured buildings, hundred of years old, that lean ever so slightly one way or another. Across the main square (Stortorget) from the Nobel Museum, we grabbed a table on a patio and stopped to re-fuel after our flight with a first taste of real Swedish food and to sit back and take in our surroundings. A busker played nearby which added to the atmosphere as we watched tourists take selfies by the fountain in the center of the square. Birds scavanged for crumbs under the benches surrounding the fountain. Jorge ordered a local beer and I went …