May 23: Norrmalm 1
Suddenly, we were in Stockholm.
And...wait, what is this? It's the atrium of Cityterminalen, the central bus station. We stored some of our luggage here, I think, to have a lighter load while exploring.
And this is the waiting hall of the adjacent Central (railway) Station.
I count at least six levels of scale in the ceiling.
Well wouldn't you know it, it's Klara Kyrkan.
A closeup on one of the church's distinctive brick bands, contrasting in both color and gloss.
A murder of starlings (or starling-like objects) by the church. Now in...
Now out. Keep goin'!
Some palimpsest on the apse end of Klara Kyrkan.
Wow, um, dreary.
We meet again, Lion. Guess we're on Drottninggatan.
We meet again, Sergelstorg.
So cute! Also, we meet again, Åhléns City.
We meet again, inset letters.
Then we ventured into an inviting courtyard/garden next to Drottninggatan, which turns out to be Centralbadet, a spa opened in 1904, one of Stockholm's most relaxing oases. This is a glimpse of the Art Nouveau main building.
Springtime busted in out of nowhere!
An oasis it surely is; the garden was already lush and full of flowers even in the May North.
I can't handle the blooms!
Across Drottninggatan from Centralbadet is the City Conference Center, in a building still known as Norra Latin (Northern Latin) from when it was a secondary school, between 1880 and 1982.
We went inside and partway up the cool main stairwell. I really like stairwells partly open to other spaces like this.
Looking a little wan there, Sun. Cheer up, there's a blowup chicken in the courtyard.
In the same big courtyard on the west side of Norra Latin is this awesome fountain.
SPHERE OF WATER, SPHERE OF FIRE