Sunday, June 22, 2014


A must-see destination in the surroundings of Stockholm is 
the open-air museum of Skansen. It was a revolutionary act to 
create the first out-door museum.The idea then had been 
to preserve Swedish customs against the onslaught of 
industrialisation in the late 19th century.

Skansen was founded in 1891 by philologist and ethnographer 
Artur Hazelius, who is buried here. Drawing from all parts 
of Sweden, he preserved examples of traditional 
Swedish architecture, including farmhouses, windmills, 
barns, a working glassblower's hut, and churches. 
What the founder could not have known was the service 
he was providing for tourists of the future, who want to see 
Sweden’s beautiful architecture and native animals in one place.

In most of those historical buildings, the staff are dressed 
in Swedish period clothing and play their role as bakers, 
cooks, dairymen. Otherwise, they demonstrate their skills 
as tanners, shoemakers, glass-blowers, ceramists...

All workers are extremely friendly and kind responding 
in good English to curious tourists .
Very kind to pose for a photo too!

Artists performing at the out-door scene.
We were fortunately lucky with the weather which, despite
 its frequent changes and some threatening rain clouds, 
did us the favour of staying dry!

 Swedish home made food was available and my hunger was 
satisfied with exquisite salmon and potato salad. 
And I couldn't resist to those delicious cakes... Yummy!!!

The park also has a zoo, carnival area, aquarium, theatre, 
and cafés, all attractions in the old, traditional style 
and child-friendly.

In Skansen, you can see everything has to do with daily life 
activities:  gardening, home maintenance, tank repair, 
berry picking...

Skansen is the place where traditions come alive.

It expands five centuries of Sweden history 
and makes you travel out of time. 

How great it is to travel...

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with 
your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and
 there you will long to return...
Leonardo da Vinci

Blogland seems very quiet now, 
I'm quite fond of my little corner of the internet 
but a little tired too...
See you!

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