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The title of this photo aims to refer to the good old days when you could still stand inside a crowd with no fear of catching any deadly virus.

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This is another photo from Stockholm in the summer of 2016. I was walking towards the city centre and just stopped briefly in the Old town (Gamla stan) to watch a running event. I guess it was mainly for amateurs. I wasn't particularly interested and didn't stay long. At the time I didn't care much for this photo, but looking at it now I rather like the contrast between the special blue track and the surroundings, among which are found some of the "crème de la crème" of Stockholm's cultural heritage.

To the right you catch a glimpse of the Royal Palace from the early 18th century, built at the same place as a previous medieval castle that was destroyed by a fire in 1697.

The church is Stockholm Cathedral (Storkyrkan), originally built in the 14th century but rebuilt and altered many times since then.

The statue shows King Karl XIV Johan (1818-1844), born in France in 1763 as Jean Baptiste Bernadotte and elected King of Sweden when the royal family had run out of heirs. He had been a successful general and marshal in the army of Napoléon Bonaparte. The Bernadotte family is still on the Swedish throne, and now there is no shortage of heirs.

The obelisk was made in Sweden, not stolen from Egypt. It was inaugurated in 1800 by King Gustav IV Adolf. His name is still inscribed on it, which is almost unique. In 1809 he was deposed in a coup after Sweden had lost Finland to Russia, for which he got the blame. Nearly all other public tributes to him were erased.

In early 2017 the obelisk was taken down for restorations. It is supposed to be put back in its place later this year.

The map coordinates 59.32652 18.07409 will take you here. You will find that the obelisk is missing.

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