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This is absolutely nothing special, but I don't have a great choice of photos from this dreary summer.

In early June I left my island Södermalm for the first time in almost three months. I decided to go for a walk in the Old town (Gamla stan, 10 minutes away on foot). A neighbour had told me that Gamla stan was less crowded than Södermalm. Usually Gamla stan is full of tourists, but this year there have been few tourists, and not many actually live in the Old town. But Södermalm is densely populated and its streets are always crowded.

As I was walking along a very narrow alley I heard footsteps behind me. I looked back to make sure that person was not coming too close. When I saw there was a sufficient distance, and that she was "properly" dressed, I hurried up the last few steps and quickly turned around to catch her green and black outfit next to the graffiti.

As she passed me she mumbled an apology for spoiling my photo. I assured her there was no need to worry.

The alley we were coming from is called Mårten Trotzigs gränd (gränd = alley). It is the narrowest street in Stockholm, measuring 90 cm at the narrowest point (and not much more anywhere).

Mårten Trotzig (born Traubtzig) was a German who moved to Stockholm in 1581. He became one of the wealthiest merchants in the city, but is said to have been killed on a journey to another town in 1617.

In the WS you can see Mårten Trotzigs gränd from below.

Believe it or not, but the street we entered, Prästgatan (Priest Street), is probably the nicest street in Gamla stan. There are hardly any souvenir shops, ice cream parlours, hamburger bars or any other annoying places. Accordingly it doesn't attract many tourists.

The map coordinates 59.32313, 18.07282 will take you to this corner. Sorry, I couldn't enter the figures properly today because of a bug.

Preparing this post I decided to show a few photos from Prästgatan the next time.

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