We were thrilled to borrow Henrik’s Mariaberget apartment the first few weeks of August. After two weeks in the perfect—but cozy—SkyHotel, an internal wall was luxurious, to say nothing of the original art.
Moving to the north shore of Södermalm was also a trip back in time. Henrik’s balcony oversaw the chessboard of black roofs and lush courtyards built after the Mariabranden fire of 1759, famously predicted by hometown scientist/mystic Emanuel Swedenborg.
Barely larger than Kungsholmen (each island covers about 2 square miles), Södermalm towers over the Riddarfjarden bay between them. Our rocky north-shore neighborhood was interlaced with bridges, stone stairways, and steep cobbled roads.
A block north of Henrik’s, the Monteliusvägen walkway provided clifftop views of Riddarholmen and Gamla Stan (Old Town).
We’ll be sorry to leave this one.