Måndag’s Views

Until I began to research this trip, I hadn’t known of the “Backfika” phenomenon in Stockholm, where Michelin-rated restaurants often operate lower priced bistros. Last week, I visited “Oaxen” and today, I had lunch at a place called “Eriks Backfika”, which in this case, is a close relative of Gondolen, the iconic Stockholm restaurant with excellent views.

It was lunch with a man I first met in 2010, Anders Held from Swedish Radio, one of the organisers and co-founders of the annual “Radio Days Europe” conference.… Read the rest “Måndag’s Views”

Eckerö and more Stockholm Nights

Surprisingly (for the Swedish train system), the train back from Eskilstuna ran a little late. The turnaround between arriving home, and then heading to Ekerö left me with only a few minute to drop my bag off and have a shower. We were headed to the home of a Swedish-German couple I first met four years ago, Roger and Nici. They have a terrific house overlooking the water, including a wonderful small building right on the water.… Read the rest “Eckerö and more Stockholm Nights”

Stockholm i Natt

“Excuse me, I have to take some more photographs”, I said to my friend Mattias, as we enjoyed conversation and a beer at Blå Dörren (a bar at Slussen). Though the sunset last night was not as spectacular as earlier in the week, the night colours (once the sun had set) were beautiful. Before and after we entered the bar, I took some photographs, looking towards Gamla Stan. Thanks to the auto-create effect in Google Photos, they were transformed into two stunning panoramas.… Read the rest “Stockholm i Natt”

Take The Other Turn

I was on my way to see a new exhibition at the ABBA Museum, highlighting the artists who have appeared over the years at Stockholm’s amusement park, Grona Lund. However, as I got off the ferry, I took a right turn instead of a left. I’ve long been on the view that it’s often a good idea to take “the road less travelled”. Sometimes you’ll end up down a laneway with nothing of interest. But other times, you’ll see some really amazing stuff.… Read the rest “Take The Other Turn”