from the Castles of Skåne in Southern Sweden to Stockholm and the surrounding Countryside
Sunday, 14 May to Sunday, 21 May 2006
Organizer: Stefano Aluffi-Pentini
A Private View of Europe/A Private View of Italy
Lecturers: Dr. Johan Cederlund, Lars Sjöberg and Dr. Stuart Wrede
Gray skies or brilliant blue skies, either provided a beautiful palate to highlight the extraordinarily diverse architecture as we saw visiting 26 manor houses and castles during our eight days.
Departing from Copenhagen, we cross into the southern province of Skåne, where the history is rich and the area contains over 240 castles and manor houses. Situated across the Danish Straits, this province has had long Danish connections and is the site of many battles for sovereignty of the area. After two nights in the area, we will spend a day driving up the West Coast before boarding a train to cross the country and arrive in Stockholm which will be our home base for intensive explorations.
SOANE TRAVELS is an educational travel program featuring scholars in the fields of architecture, design and decorative arts and is sponsored by Sir John Soane's Museum Foundation.
PHOTO CREDITS: While most of the photos contained here are mine... I have incorporated in several from fellow travelers Lucy Day (LD), Grant Gibson (GG) and Mercedes Mestre (MM) - thank you!
Starting in Copenhagen in Denmark, we crossed on the Oresund Bridge into Malmö.
View of the HSB Turning Turso Tower from the Oresund Bridge. (MM)
This amazing new tower in Malmo, Sweden was designed by Santiago Calatrava
Elghammar - always described as a Russian house in Sweden as it was designed by an architect working in St. Petersburg. The inscription 'More Parentum' was the motto chosen "in the manner of our forefathers."
While many of us were on planes heading back home... others stayed in Stockholm to enjoy a little bit more...
One of the places that I personally wanted to try, but couldn't fit it in, was the ABSOLUTE ICE BAR. Like the famed ice hotels of the north that are created each winter season, here in a Stockholm hotel they have created a similar experience.. by reservation only! Shown here are Mercedes Mestre, Nat Day, Susie Magee and Lucy Day (in foreground). (photo from LD)