Congrats Sweden On Winning Eurovision

 

I feel obligated to blog about this for obvious reasons *insert awkward face*. I personally think Eurovision is crap so I didn’t watch it but I like Loreen, even though performance last night was a tad awkward it was spell binding in a way as they usually are. I like Loreen as a person and she has a great voice. The end when she was accompanied by a guy was magical and I’m naturally glad that Sweden won. Sweden has won Eurovision 3 times earlier. Loreen entered Eurovision with her entry “Euphoria” and won first place with 372 points.

Loreen Eurovision Sweden

Loreen Eurovision Sweden

I like her choice of stage outfit. It was a safe bet & worked perfectly, it wasn’t too much & didn’t distract. Loreen is Morrocana and was born and raised in Sweden.

Walpurgis Night

Son by the bonfire

Son by the bonfire

Walpurgis Night (Valborgsmässoafton) is a traditional spring festival on 30 April or 1 May in large parts of Central and Northern Europe. It is exactly six months from All Hallows’ Eve.

Cristiano had fun throwing sticks and logs on the bonfire along with other children. Some of the men were at it too, *cough* his daddy *cough*. There were live music and a long line to the grill where beef brochettes were made.

Son and daddy

Son and daddy

Bloom of The Cherry Trees

The King’s Tree Garden (Kungsträdgården) is located in central Stockholm and during late April and May month the cherry trees are in bloom. This park is available to the public during all seasons of the year and offer things such as open-air concerts and events in the summer and an ice rink during winters. There is also a number of cafes, art galleries and restaurants.

My photos does not do it justice, it is spectacular. Clicking on the photos will link you to my Flickr page where the larger version is available for viewing.

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We, myself and the love of my life, dropped Cristiano (our son) off at his grandparents and headed in to metropolitan Stockholm. I wanted to try this Nikon D3000 and to sum up my experience: I understand that I am functioning as a support for the camera when I am looking through the small hole to photograph but I found it difficult to take what I would consider good photos when not viewing through a large display like with our old camera. It will take some getting use to and it is going to be interesting learning.

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Monster In The City

La familia had an awesome Saturday in Stockholm City. A few days earlier my man ended up buying a newer model camera than the one we already have before me but since our child didn’t want to sit in the stroller we we’re busy looking after him and didn’t get many photos that day. But son was as taken as we were by this monster and was able to stand still long enough for my man to snap a few photos, with his new camera.

Monster In The City

Monster In The City (click for larger view)

Monster In The City

Monster In The City (click for larger view)

Street performances are common in the streets of Stockholm City.

Well off the 10 minute ride on Saltsjöbanan we decided to walk the remaining kilometers because we wanted Cristiano to experience the sights on the way to the inner City and he was really enjoying things along the way taking notice on statues and things on display in shop windows. We met up with my mother-in-law over at Gamla Stan (The Old Town) who accompanied us that day and I got a chance to get some me time; I ventured all the fashion boutiques that I have a hard time accessing pushing a stroller. We took son to Kulturhuset (The Culture House) where half of 4th floor is a play land and it’s fee-free but some days it is packed and you may need to wait in line for 30 minutes if you are unlucky before you can get inside. Luckily, and smart enough, they have arranged a small play area outside so that the children will have something to do during the wait. After a while there is when I took off.

Stockholm City Architecture and Statues

I have this fascination for architecture and statues which I have no explanation for… I just find myself attracted to the beauty of it. Many buildings in the City have incredible architecture and I love my photography taking strolls there, I always discover something which is new to my eyes. The camera I am using is old but I believe my love for photography will drive me in to buying a new one this year. I have my mind set on a new model from either Nikon or Canon. The photos below were randomly taken by me during different visits.

Disclaimer: I own sole right to these photos. You are not allowed to modify or sell them without my written consent. You must link back to https://ibilliejean.wordpress.com/ if you use them. – © 2008billiejean@gmail.com.

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