From the Pocket of a Dream
Joining the Monthly Photo Challenge: The Changing Seasons.
The project is created by Cardinal Guzman, a talented photofrapher and artist.The idea is to find a location nearby and take between 5-20 photos each month until december 2015. Interesting, creative, educational… and above all – Fun! So consider joining!
I will be presenting Mariefred – a lovely little town located about 70 km south of Stockholm, Sweden.
Besides the photos, I would like to add some basic history.
The name “Mariefred” can be attributed to a monastery Carthusian monks began to build over here back in 1493. Monastery was named “Pax Mariae”, which i Latin means “Mary’s peace”. Its history dates back to the 1370’s when Bo Jonsson Grip – a counselor and marshal during king Magnus Eriksson’s reign – built a castle Gripsholm which after several expansions later (in 1530’s) became the Royal Gripsholm Castle of King Gustav Vasa. The old barn of Gripsholm Castle is now a centre for fine arts and it is an appreciated tourist destination for art lovers.
And now some curiosities: Mariefred is a hometown of the Swedish pop and jazz singer Lisa Ekdahl and a professional ice hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL – Mikael Samuelsson. Last but not least (for today): a famous Swedish actor – action hero – Dolph Lundgren has a summer house here in Mariefred. 🙂
More to come!
Here are some shots of Mariefred in December