Postcard from Stockholm


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Hi Mom (and everyone else) –

Walking down the Stromkajen today, across the water from the Royal Palace, I saw this squadron of the king’s guards riding from the palace into town. A site to behold – elegant horses, regal martial attire, really quite lovely. To the right of where I was standing when I took this picture, a guy was working on the street with some heavy machinery. The commander of the guard gave him a sharp gesture to shut down the machine so as not to spook the horses. Which he cheerfully did.

Once the horses were past, I headed out to the Moderna Museet, the museum of modern art. It has a really spectacular collection of early 20th century stuff, including what must be the largest collection of Marcel Duchamp outside of Philadelphia. They have one of Duchamp’s replicas of the Bride Stripped Bare. I’ve seen the original version, the broken one, in Philadelphia. Fascinating to see it in this form. One of the most intriguing pieces of art I’ve ever seen.

Between the horses and Duchamp, it made for a lovely afternoon.