Stockholm

Stockholm is a city of water. To the east the Baltic Sea; to the west Lake Mälaren; and in between, dividing salt from fresh, is the city itself, perched upon dozens of islands.

The city is ancient and modern with the old and new juxtaposed and (mostly) in harmony with one another. Most of the buildings in Stockholm are built relatively low -- eight or fewer stories -- and so rather than growing up, the city has grown out. Fortunately an excellent mass transit system makes for easy access to the city, and the core downtown area has plenty of thoroughfares dedicated to pedestrian and bicycle traffic.

Part of the center of Stockholm, as seen from the ferry from Djurgården.
Skeet shooting in the city.
Kastellholmen
Gamla Stan, the city's old town.
The sea wall
While busy roads encircle Gamla Stan, the interior is virtually car free.
King Gustaf III
Narrow, cobbled streets lead into the heart of Gamla Stan.
Stortget Square -- the Nobel Museum is on the right.
Public art is everywhere in Stockholm. Here, in a hidden square is the smallest example.
The Nobel Museum
Cafes spill out onto the sidewalks, and with the first good weather of the year, the outside tables are filled with locals.
One tiny block away from the main tourist street and the way is empty.
The main tourist drag.
Parliament
Where the lake rushes into the sea.
Fishing from bridges and walkways like this is common.
The Stuffed Weasel (my name for this store).
A typical square in downtown Stockholm.
In direct contrast is the squalid Sheraton: home for 2 weeks.
A cute equestrian store in Södermalm.
Just two blocks down the street from the Oracle office.
The Oracle development office is on the island south of Gamla Stan, Södermalm.
The building exudes character.
Coats and shoes are removed as you enter the office.
David, with whom I closely worked over the two weeks.
Stefan (left) and Per, two other team mates.
Directly across the street from the office is a park nestled at the foot of a sheer rock cliff.
The view down the street to the east.

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