Christmas in Sweden 2011, part 1 – Gamla Stan
As we near Christmas, I’m remembering the lovely week I spent in Sweden last year… The week before we left England, I had bought my new camera (Snufkin!) and was feeling extremely snap-happy! Laurence, Malin and I visited Malin’s family in Östergötland for a week, but beforehand we spent a couple of days in Stockholm. Here are a couple of images that I took in the Christmas market held in Stortorget in Gamla Stan.
Every year since 1915, there has been a Christmas market in Gamla Stan (the “old town”). In fact, the internet tells me that the market can be traced as far back as 1523 (!) when there was always a market held in the square, which gradually became more festive as the winter months approached. It’s a beautiful market, and perfect for buying traditional decorations and crafts, as well as yummy food and drink (we divulged in saffron buns and glögg both nights that we visited!).
I’m going to be making a few blog posts featuring from Christmas last year to help get me in the mood for Christmas (only eight days to go!). I hope you’re getting into the festive spirit, too!