Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Day trip to Malmo, Sweden 9 Feb 08

Waiting for our train to Malmo, Sweden

Wind farm

The old post office

The same symbol we saw in front of the UN hq in NY!

In front of Stortorget (1536) with Ubah.
The biggest square in Malmo...with King Karl X Gustav who historically took Skane from Denmark :P
And yes, ice-skating! :D This was where part of the movie (from student movie night) was filmed heh.

Norway & Finland
In Tromsø, the guy at the visitor's centre told us (off the record) that the Norwegians have a love-hate relationship with the Finnish.
Denmark & Sweden
And the fact that many Danes live in Sweden (due to lower currency exchange rate) but work in Denmark have irritated the Swedish government regarding their tax system.
Singapore & ...
I guess we're not the only ones dealing with neighbouring relationships :)

Yocksong & Jiamin in front of the City Hall (1546)

The streets in Malmo are oh-so-pretty :D
And thank God for a wonderful sun-shiny day! It really felt like Spring was coming...just for that one day.

Pausing for a touristy shot

Lilla Torg, Malmo's charming square, surrounded by buildings from the 16th century.
Pretty, pretty, pretty.

Charming building-cum-house-cum-art gallery.

Inside the 19th century warehouse where Scandinavian design, architecture and art are displayed.

This is my absolute fav :)

Walking along the moat of Malmohus Castle.
Jiamin with his obsession with duck rice.

The oldest Renaissance castle in Scandinavia. But disappointingly, the interior was quite modern :P

This is the largest dog park I have ever seen. Trashes Bishan's dog park 100 million times :P But yes, that means lots...and lots...and lots of dog poo.

And yes, the obligatory SMU jump...except I was the only person from SMU in this picture haha.

The Turning Torso, one of Malmo's architectural pride. An apartment building which is Sweden's tallest building at 190m. Haha telling of how short the buildings in Sweden are...OUB Centre at Raffles Place is like 1 1/2 times taller. But it's pretty neat, considering it twists 90deg from base to top.

Did I mention that it was a beautiful day??

Took this especially for you Dad :P

St Peter's Church / S:t Petri kyrka

Oldest building in Malmo, dating from 14th century, built in "Baltic Brick Gothic".

The interior with Renaissance-styled pulpit, baptismal font and retable (although it's kinda small in this pic)

Being such foodies, while the rest went shopping, Jiamin & I tried walking a few km away from the city centre to Mollevangstorget square to find the fruit & vegetable market, cheese specialists and their bakeries. But everything was closed by the time we reached...(it closes at like 4pm! So darn early -_-)
But managed to catch the setting sun rays on one of the buildings :)

One of Jiamin's 'award-winning' shots. Right.

Randaom bell tower we passed which looked like they had at least 50 bells of different sizes. It looked like grapes on a string heh.

The Malmo crew :)

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