Stockholm, The Big Northern Easy

The Stockholm backstreets are the perfect place to get lost and discover the architectural wonders of the city.
The Stockholm backstreets are the perfect place to get lost and discover the architectural wonders of the city.
While blessed with fantastic panoramic views, Stockholm is mostly enjoyed through endless micro scenes depicting everyday life.
While blessed with fantastic panoramic views, Stockholm is mostly enjoyed through endless micro scenes depicting everyday life.
Pricey, elegant, and laid back, the city's restaurant scene appears to come right out of an Ikea showroom.
Pricey, elegant, and laid back, the city’s restaurant scene appears to come right out of an Ikea showroom.
The incredible number of outstanding coffee shops replete with La Marzocco espresso machines and great baristas make this city a coffee lovers dream.
The incredible number of outstanding coffee shops and great baristas make this city a coffee lovers dream.
The barista at the famous Esaias coffee shop works his magic with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker.
The barista at the famous Esaias coffee shop works his magic with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker.
Stockholm is a very green city, with an abundance of city parks in which to languish during the warm summer months.
Stockholm is a very green city, with an abundance of city parks in which to languish with a book during the warm summer months.
Turn into any side streets in the Old Town and you will be rewarded with incredible sights that will transport you back in time a few hundred years.
Turn into any side streets in the Old Town and you will be rewarded with sights that will transport you back in time a few hundred years.
The rustic charm of the tourist-free Katarina-Sofia neighborhood in Södermalm is enhanced by its multi-colored dwellings.
The rustic charm of the tourist-free Katarina-Sofia neighborhood in Södermalm is enhanced by its multi-colored dwellings.

Stockholm is not an easy city to get lost at.  With its incredible public transportation system and orderly rhythm, getting lost is something that you really have to work at when visiting.  But like in most of the great cities of the world, the city can easily be divided into places where tourists hang out and places where the locals go about their everyday lives.  It is the latter that interest most photographers and creative people, even if the touristy places are also a necessity if you are ever going to understand the history and grandeur of these famous cities.  Such is the case in Stockholm, where visiting the busy Sergels torg and the beautiful, horseshoe-shaped Nybroviken harbor area are a must.  But so are the more off-the-beaten-path places like the Katarina-Sofia hilltop neighborhood with its cobblestone streets and its quaint, tree-shaded parks like Mosebacke torg, always blessed by the lazy, yellow light of a northern summer sun.  So it is possible to get lost in Stockholm after all.  In the process you are sure to discover not only the beauty of an ancient city, but also the wonders of a life with a more humane rhythm and balance.  It is nice to know that such places still exist and that such a life is still possible in this modern, hectic world.  Maybe it has something to do with only having a somewhat homogeneous population of about 9.6 million in the entire country (about half the population of New York state), or the fact that most of the year the country remains sun-starved and indoors.  Who knows.  Whatever the reason behind that lifestyle is, there is no denying that it is there nonetheless.  Just don’t try getting a pizza delivered to your front door at midnight on a weekday.  That, my friend, is why the Swedes come to our neck of the woods for.