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!


  1. I have never been there, but I am sure it's wonderful. How special to visit such a museum!!

    Enjoy your week, dear Olympia. Sending hugs, Ingrid

  2. What a beautiful place! I loved your photo's!
    Have a nice week. Greatings from Aleta

  3. Dear Olympia what a beautiful post and pictures,I like Sweden so much,but I have never been there!
    Many hugs dear friend

  4. Oh my word! Seems you are having a magic time! Congrats! My son is presently near Goeteborg - he travelled from our home by bike there! Thank you so much for your comment - you have realized the situation - small balconies as they were built in 1899 but we the green an oasis! We enjoy having our coffee in the morning and the glass of wine in the evening with marvelous views to the neighborhood!! Heij da! Christa

  5. What a wonderful trip with beautiful pictures!
    I had to look a while to see that's a real huge squirrel. The house on the left in the 11th photo is gorgeous. The color and style is charming in a country chic way.
    Thank you for sharing you adventure.

  6. This looks like such an interesting place to visit. Their native clothing is beautiful, especially the embroidered flowers designs. Thanks for sharing.

  7. A wonderful place I had never before heard of before.Thank you for sharing. Sounds like you're having a wonderful time in Sweden. So good and lovely of you to still share here while I also noticed blogland isn't as 'busy' anymore as it used to be. But I keep loving it as well ;) There is the time issue sometimes though so I noticed that now I tend to make larger but lesser posts where I used to make more and shorter ones before.

  8. Olympia,
    Skansen, Sweden is lovely. I really enjoyed hearing about all the Swedish customs and seeing the staff dressed in Swedish period clothing. The desserts look yummy, and those rolls are amazing. When Jess traveled through Europe, she went to Sweden, and she said everything was so green and groomed. It was very beautiful. I would love to go there someday.

    I hope the June days are being good to you, Olympia.


  9. Dearest Olympia,
    What a very pleasant surprise to travel back in time for five centuries of Swedish history!
    Lovely photos and you captured some great ones as well as the one you are in.
    Cute squirrel too.
    Hugs and happy summer to you.

  10. Hi Olympia - I love Skansen! As you know, I sell Swedish antiques and travel to Sweden twice a year. Stockholm is truly one of my favorites in the world. Hope you made it to Drottningholm Palace, the Vasa Museum and Gamla Stan. Looks like the last photo was taken in Gamla Stan. Happy Summer, my friend!

  11. PS - Wonderful photos!! Really enjoyed your shots of Skansen!

  12. Dear Olympia!

    What beautiful Pictures. Thanks!
    I love Stockholm.

    Have a nice summer, Olympia!


  13. Un bel viaggio verso il tranquillo Nord che conosco bene, infatti fra 10 giorni sarà di nuovo la mia destinazione :-) Sei stata davvero fortunata con il tempo , ho apprezzato molto le tue foto ! Abbraccio.

  14. Hi Olympia,

    I was wondering where you had disappeared to! Your photos of Skansen and all of its cultures and traditions are charming and colourful! My Swedish friend, Christina has introduced me to many of their traditions re: food and celebrations, and I know that Midsummer is a big one for them. Thanks for sharing the beauty of summertime in Sweden!


  15. Looks like a lovely place to visit. I've been to Stockholm several times, but never visited Skansen. Happy new week, Olympia!

  16. Great pictures of your visit to Sweden. Skansen looks wonderful with the traditional Swedish costumes and culture. It must have been a joy to be there.
    Have a nice week!

  17. What a fantastic place to visit! It looks and sounds as though it is a fascinating museum and a great day out. Thank you so much for sharing this, I really enjoyed seeing it and reading about your visit. Glad that you enjoyed it! xx

  18. Hello again,

    I´m back in the bloggerland and what I see first, that you have made a wonderful trip to Sweden. I have heared it should be a great country.
    We were never there but I hope some day, I can go to this country.
    You have made wonderful pictures with great impressions. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Have a great summertime and enjoy the life

    Your Bluemchenmama

  19. Chère Olympia!
    Je connais bien Stockholm et Skansen....
    Quel plaisir de voir et lire ton billet!
    Tu as fait des superbes photos et j'ai gros envie d'être là!
    Et ma Belle - Tu es très belle et sympa ....hihi ...
    Je te souhaite une bonne semaine et à très bientôt chez toi.
    Tu sais - je fais une petite pause le faut!
    Je t' embrasse!

  20. Hello dearest Olympia!
    Oh how i love those Scandinavian open-air museums! I've never been to Skansen, but my family and I have been to two similar places in Denmark: an old village - - and a Viking-Museum - - with nice persons in historical dresses. We really loved it - and when we manage it to travel to Sweden, we will visit Skansen, too!
    Warm hugs, Traude

  21. Dear Olympia,
    thank you so much for sharing your Stockholm-adventures with us!
    Reading about it and admiring the wonderful photos is like a joyful trip for me.
    Have a nice time more in Sweden!
    Sunny greetings, Siret

  22. Åh you are here! I live on the other
    side of Sweden. Skansen is a favorite in
    Stockholm. I can see that you visited the
    square in old town to.
    Enjoy the summer

  23. Hello Olympia! How nice to see you in Stockholm! I love it, I've been there a lots
    of times, simply because it's my number 1. And for me it's just one hour to fly to Arlanda.
    My blog went wrong again, and this time I went back to Blogger, which I prefer. Now my
    blog adress is And if I knew you were in Stockholm, I could give you
    an adress who is so charming (with boat). Hug from Unn :)

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  25. Wat een geweldige reportage over je bezoek aan Zweden
    En wat mooi de plaatselijke klederdrachten en ambachten.
    Geniet van je prachtige vakantie en rust lekker uit!

    Lieve groet,

  26. Dear Olympia,
    How wonderful that you are visiting our part of Europe. It is beautiful pictures you are showing and I hope that you have enjoyed your trip. Who knows, maybe some day you will visit Denmark too.
    Have a great week

  27. Lieve Olympia,

    Wat een heerlijke omgeving om met eigen ogen te kunnen genieten van hoe de sfeer lang geleden geweest moet zijn in het prachtige Zweden.
    Was nog nooit in de Scandinavische landen maar wat ik er over lees en zie op vele blogs moet het daar geweldig mooi zijn om vakantie te vieren.
    Heb genoten van je prachtige kleurrijke foto's en was op die manier toch even daar.

    Lieve groet,Ger

  28. Such beautiful impression of your visit to Stockholm, a wonderful place and glorious images!
    Thank you for your sweet comment on my blog.

    Hugs from Holland,

  29. Oh, you have visited in Sweden!:) Skansen is beautifl place! Iknow...;) But I haven`t visited there for a long time...
    I hope that you enjoy your trip here in North!:)
    I really enjoy your photos, just BEAUTIFUL!!!♥
    Many hugs for you!!!♥♥

  30. Sweden looks beautiful. I would love to visit some day. Your photos are excellent. Thanks for giving us this tour!

  31. I very much enjoy visiting historic villages, so know it would be a pleasure to see this one, Olympia. There is something fascinating about seeing a glimpse into how life was lived in the past.


  32. Very interesting post, Olympia! You can feel like being transported back in time to the Middle Ages. Amazing!!! If I have a chance to visit Europe, I'll definitely visit here! Thank you for sharing:)

  33. Bonjour chère amie,

    Je me réjouis de vous lire et d'admirer l'ensemble de vos photos... Vous nous faites vivre et très agréablement à l'heure suédoise...
    Un voyage extraordinaire qui nul doute vous laisse de magnifiques souvenirs...
    Je comprends que vous ne puissiez pas résister à toutes ces douceurs !... Même ce petit écureuil est friand !...
    Je vous fais de gros bisous.

    PS : Je ne sais pas si vous rencontrez en ce moment des soucis avec blogger ?...
    Je ne parviens pas à obtenir ma liste de lecture. Une seule lecture apparait et lorsque je veux afficher en cliquant sur d'autre flux, rien ne se produit ! Je ne suis pas visiblement la seule à rencontrer ce problème. Sur l'aide que nous propose blogger, beaucoup se plaignent de ce même souci. Seulement rien n'est résolu et c'est fâcheusement désagréable car je ne peux plus consulter les blogs et laisser des commentaires depuis plusieurs jours maintenant.
    Comment cela se passe pour vous ?
    Merci pour votre réponse.


  34. Εn effet, blogger ne correspond pas toujours a mes recherches alors j'ai invente le tric suivant: je le quitte momentanement et quand je reviens, tout semble a l' ordre. Ce que je fais aussi est de faire figurer tous mes blogs preferes sur ma liste de blogs ainsi je peux survivre meme sans blogger...Mais le probleme tel quel continue a exister.

  35. Thank you for sharing this charming place, Olympia! I love the traditional costumes and customs and the lovely photos of the scenery. What a wonderful experience for your sweet daughter, too. You both look lovely, enjoying your vacation. Hugs xo Karen

  36. That last photo of all the colorful buildings is wonderful.

    The museum reminds me of one we visited in Oslo, Norway. It was fun to see the dress, look in the homes and watch the girls cook. My grandmother was born in Norway so we felt like we were seeing her daily life as a child.

  37. Have you been to Sweeden? Beautiful pictures, it looks like you had a wonderful time, Olympia. :)
    Wishing you a great summer holiday!

    Hugs from Anette Willemine

  38. What a lovely blogpost - it brought back so many memories! I hope you had a wonderful time in Sweden.
    See you when you get back.
    Ingrid xx

  39. Hello Olympia, looks like you had a wonderful holiday. If I ever get to Sweden, i would definitely like to go to Skansen, it looks very interesting. We have a similar thing in Ireland called The Ulster Folk Museum, where they have transported old buildings from different parts of Ireland to make a community, and the staff dress up and tell you the history of each house as you go in. It is a much easier way of learning about other cultures and times I think.
    Thank you for your lovely comments, you are very sweet. Have a wonderful weekend, and take it easy. With much love, Linda x

  40. Hi Olympia (oh...I love your name) ;-)
    first of all: Thank you so much for your visit on my blog and your lovely words!!!!! Thanks!
    Skansen must be a very interesting place and this outdoor museum would be the right thing for me!
    I love all these real looking scenes and costumes, pond and architectur....very very beautiful!
    The image with the red house and bicycle is gorgeous also the view over Skansen in the last picture!
    I really think you had a wonderful time in a wonderful place!
    Have a great weekend,

  41. That looks a wonderful place to visit

  42. Dear Olympia,

    I agree it is so great to travel and I loved seeing your photos of Sweden.
    One day I would love to visit there - the way of life and customs there are beautiful. Thanks for sharing
    Hope you are enjoying the weekend

  43. Wow how beautiful is this city. Been to Malmö and Helsingborg but we didn't really travel all the way to Stockholm. My daughter is living there for 12 months and she is loving it. I think midsummer is one thing that I would like to experience as well as the Northern lights. What a fun trip that was. Welcome back to blog land.

    Wishing you a wonderful week.

  44. Dear Olympia,

    You've captured Stockholm and Skansen so beautifully and as a swede I'm so happy you had a lovely visit to this little (rather larger actually ;)) pearl of our capital. I hope you've had a nice stay in Stockholm and that us swedes have showed ourselves from our best side?

    Take care sweetie!


  45. I really enjoy your beautiful photos from Skansen! It´s a long time since i visit that place...
    I hope you had a GREAT time Olympia!
    Love Titti

  46. Ich war seinerzeit auch so begeistert vom Besuch in Skansen. Es gibt wirklich viel zu sehen.
    Herzliche Grüße Elisabeth


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