“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!” – Lewis Caroll.
I was not only thinking about this phrase but also living it while in Stockholm. Well, Sweden may not be a fairytale land but it certainly has the potential of being a backdrop to hold one.
If I can learn anything from the capital of Scandinavia, it would be to embrace your past while stepping into the future. They have an army of multinational giant companies founded in their homeland which brings modernization to them but at the same time, they are also holding tight to their heritage and culture as a precious gem. Be it cobblestoned streets of old town, the legacy of bridges, vintage homes or even their age-old community building traditions like FIKA.
The Medival Architecture from the middle age can be seen in the entire capital. Absolute drool worthy Churches depicting the Romanesque monasteries. Bright & Colourful houses with clear blue skies & stark blue water to instantly pick you up.
Enjoy Stockholm from my lens hope you enjoy them as much as I loved capturing them.
Riddarholmen is an Island in Stockholm which has the oldest town called as Gamla stan. It is said to be established in 12th Century.
Gamla Stan is said to be one of the Oldest Town in Europe, where Stockholm was founded in 1252. A walk in Gamla Stan will be like Time Machine which will take you to Medieval times.
Stockholm treated us with a surreal Sunset over the evening strolls on our last day. Maybe the idea of absorbing it last time was making it charismatic.
Until next time, I am holding the memories of Swedish summer of ’18.
If you are an Indian reading this or have visited mountains anywhere in India this summer. Even so on long weekends, then you must have realized that mountains are choking with all the uninvited so-called travelers.
We have reached on top of these mountains which has the capacity to handle only a handful but here we are with all our fancy cars, selfie sticks, beer bottles and packets of chips to become a tourist on these delicate pieces of land.
It is very easy to travel these days, thanks to all the travel websites sprouting and showing traveling as a piece of cake and something you must. The Idea to travel is correct, you must travel to broaden your Horizons but it takes a lot more effort and conscious decisions to travel Sustainably. And to follow the rules of the land you are visiting like driving in mountains.
A true traveler or tourist should Alwaysrespect the local inhabitants, respect the culture and respect the nature, you are taking selfies with.
Be compassionate towards nature because if we disturb nature, nature will disturb us. If we keep on continuing with this pace there will be a time soon when mountains will have nothing more than valleys filled with hotel’s complimentary water bottles, cold drink bottles and all kinds of plastic waste.
I have seen people doing all kind of shit things after going to the places like these which make me Sulk like Sheldon. Once a Couple was shampooing in Holy Ganges on the Ghats. No Kidding.
We have to change our outlook towards vacation and let there be no more Shimla or Kasol or Manali like tourists stampede situationultimately contributing to water woes or hotel crises.
This post is not meant for ranting but a request for all to save the mountains and let next generations also be awestruck by these high low pockets of nature.
ASK yourself are you doing enough to preserve the nature.