Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Blue skies along Norr Mälarstrand

View of Gamla Stan from Norr Mälarstrand in Stockholm  |  Blue skies along Norr Mälarstrand on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

A few days ago, confronted with the most ridiculously-blue skies (something we don't often see here during winter), and sunshine so bright you could actually feel its warmth gliding across your face (despite the temperature hovering at the freezing point), we read the signs and took all as an excuse, rather a demand, to get ourselves outside.

We wheeled our bicycles out from where they've been mostly hibernating this winter (as we don't have winter wheels installed to battle the Swedish winter elements) and pedaled out along the snow- and ice-free streets, across St. Erik's bridge and over to Kungsholmen, all the way to Norr Mälarstrand, the waterfront along the western side off the island.

View of Gamla Stan from Norr Mälarstrand in Stockholm  |  Blue skies along Norr Mälarstrand on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
We parked our bikes and popped into Orangeriet for brunch, rather, "brunch lite", which was coffee for both of us, a smoked salmon bagel for R (being in a serious NYC brunch mood he chose the most New York-y thing, but sadly, it was missing everything but the lox), an open-faced shrimp sandwich on the nuttiest, blackest bread ever for me, and a kannelbulle for R and my usual chokladboll for me to top us off.

We settled back into the kitchsy, antique-store'ish vibe with loads of families around us, tchotchkes covering most services, an excellent (to me) Beatles playlist playing, and sunshine streaming through the floor-to-ceiling plate-glass windows.

After an hour of lingering over the last dregs of our coffee and chatting about where else we'd like to travel this year (all just pipe dreams at the moment as we wait to get a few things in order), we were ready to go.

View of Gamla Stan from Norr Mälarstrand + Trygg-Hansa in Stockholm  |  Blue skies along Norr Mälarstrand on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com


The wind had picked up and began whipping all the sailing accoutrements of the boats docked along the waterfront and chapping our faces (sun or no sun), so before bracing ourselves for the ride uphill (which we ended up walking anyway), we took a walk along the waterfront to admire Stockholm's skyline and soak in a rare blue-skied, sun-filled Swedish winter Sunday.

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