In the quiet of this crisp windless morning, the trees seem so still. The tall pines surround the graves, solemn in their silence, as though they are mourners gathered around for a perpetual funeral ceremony. As rigid as the tombstones, they seem to be empathising with the dead that they watch over.
As the largest city in Scandinavia, Stockholm, Sweden, has always been on my radar. And yet, despite multiple trips to the region (mostly to Norway), it took me a few years to actually make it there.
“If you were to go and knock on that door,” one of the officials tells me, “the King might answer. That’s his study.”
I assume he is joking about the King answering, but not about where the door leads. That’s how close I am.
If you're going to Stockholm, be sure to set aside some time to spend underground.
This may seem like strange advice, especially in a city that's as visually appealing as Stockholm. But I promise that there's a good reason for you to spend some time underground.
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