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Last Sunday evening, Cooper and I decided to go for a walk in Stockholm. One of those last minute things… You want to go? Yeah, sure. OK. Let’s go. On a Sunday, the city is only a 10-minute drive from home. No traffic. We put on our Nike’s and we’re literally there, minutes later, looking at I’m not even sure what…amazing buildings. That’s what they are, amazing, overlooking the waterways that take… Read More

“No Man Is An Island” is the title of John Donne’s famous poem and inspiration for the exhibition at one of Stockholm’s premiere museums, Artipelag. No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory were. As well as if a manor… Read More

While I was driving on a familiar road through the forest late in the afternoon, Maggie asked, “Are we in the middle of nowhere?” Nowhere. It certainly felt like nowhere. It was pitch black and 3:30 in the afternoon. November in Stockholm gets this way. It’s dark, really dark. Buildings, recognizable by day, vanish by late afternoon. They are no longer buildings, but blocks of light—square windows floating above the horizon like… Read More

At No 4 Hamngatan, within Stockholm’s elite shopping district, is an unobtrusive entrance with a placard directing passersby to the Hawllyl House. I’d never gone in. Not until this past week when a friend organized a tour there, in English. Upon arriving, this is what I saw… …a palatial residence, hidden behind restaurants and shops, a forty room palace, built by Count and Countess Walther (Wilhelmina von Hallwyl), between 1893-98. She was… Read More

Recently, I helped chaperone a field trip to the Music Museum in downtown Stockholm. No…not for one of my boys…for Maggie (she’s 3). Her pre-school adventure began with me (along with 2 teachers) helping to dress 12 (3-5) year-olds, in cold weather gear, then walking to a bus stop, then boarding a bus and getting on another train where we walked another couple of city blocks to finally reach the museum…whew! I kept… Read More