May was an explosion of colour and sunshine; a sensory overload compared to the previous month. Cyclists were zipping around the city again, people downgraded to light (or no) jackets and parks were filled with swathes of bright tulips.
Rows of bikes with tyres hanging from the handlebars are common at this time of year, as people are switching from studded Winter tyres.
We saw this amazing sunset from a restaurant on the water. In the Summer, boats moor up and people stop for food. The church you can see on the background is located on the next island.
Glassverkstan is a hole in the wall ice cream shop on Skeppsholmen. We last ate ice cream here in -10c — Scott’s lips actually went blue. Going back to Skeppsholmen is always nice because there are lots of old boats in the yard and it’s where we stayed during our first trip to Stockholm.
The concrete jetty above is for public transport boats. Remembering to flip the call sign is the only caveat.
Lilac is one of my favourite parts of the Stockholm landscape; it’s everywhere in Spring. We often see people walking around with lilac flowers they’ve plucked from trees.
These pop-up fruit markets start appearing mid Spring and we’re lucky to have one just up the road. Supermarket fruit can be pretty iffy at this time of year because it has a long journey from Southern Europe. It’s always good from these stands though — the fruit comes from countries closer to home in Northern Europe.
Not long until Swedish strawberries will start appearing! They are the best according to Swedes and science… a cooler climate means the plants don’t burn through their sugars as fast (resulting in sweeter strawberries).
A friend told us these patch trousers are worn by students graduating from one of Stockholm’s technical universities.
And that’s all for May!