Weekly Image Of Life: Children And Their Gifts

In Prague and Czech Republic you can find lot of attractions for children, we have beautiful ZOO and other activities, which families can enjoy.  But as I just came back from Sweden, for todays weekly image of life I chose the world of Astrid Lindgren, Swedish author of childrens books, whose books are brilliant and I grow up with Pippi and Children from Bullerbyn, I lived in robbers castle with Ronja and Birk or at the roofs of Stockholm with Karlsson. My first detective steps were made with Kalle Blomkvist, the young forerunner of Mikael Blomkvist from Stieg Larsson Millenium books. Astrid Lindgren was my favorite author and I believe it was because the child in her never grown up, see on shot from sweden.se.

Photo of Astrid LIndgren from Sweden.se

Photo of Astrid LIndgren from Sweden.se

In Sweden you can find (at least) two museums dedicated to Astrid, one is in Vimmerby, the city where Astrid and most of her character lived, and the second one is in Stockholm, at Djurgården Island, where a lot of museums are.

AL book at Vimmerby park

AL book at Vimmerby park

Village Vimmerby is in the South Sweden, not far from the highway from Stockholm to Malmö, and big part of it is the World of Astrid Lindgren’s park. You can meet there all your favorites characters from Astrid’s books, visit small cities, play lot of games, watch performances like this one from Emil’s home at Lönneberga.

The walk throug the village is very nice, lot of small buildings and colors all around.

Colorful houses at VImmerby park

Colorful houses at Vimmerby park

And when you are tired of walking, visit the interiors,

You want to visit Pippy?

You want to visit Pippi?

or take a boat …

Pram competition, who will be first at the other side?

Pram competition, who will be first at the other side?

sorry, I ment the boat with Pippi :-).

Pippy on the boat

Pippi on the boat

If the Vimmerby is too far for you and you just came to see Stockholm, then you can’t miss museum Junibacken, perfect place for families and Astrid Lindgren lovers. At the entrance you will find a stroller park :-).

Stroller park

Stroller park

Behind the entrance is a playground area, where children can enjoy small houses or castles.

Entrance hall

Playground hall

After visiting the playground area you go for a train/cabin, which takes you through the beautiful world around villages and above the roofs, through the mouse hole, you are the onlooker of stories that happen around you.

Cabin and the villages around

Cabin and the villages around

The tour is like a short performance, for example this one with Ronja and Birk.

After the challenging trip you can go to the dining room and choose from dishes and sweets in colorful area.

DIning room

Dining room

And finally the place that cannot be forgotten, the place where everyone can find the right tallness :-).

Bathroom for everyone

Bathroom for everyone

I hope you enjoyed the tour through the world of Astrid Lindgren, woman, that stayed a child in her heart, had brilliant fantasy and who was a big inspiration for children, as well for me.

I really like how Swedish people enjoys children games, so the last short video is from dancing around the Christmas tree at Skansen, sorry for the sound, really not good quality, but the best I have now :-).

9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Clanmother
    Dec 21, 2012 @ 23:34:28

    Pippi was my most favorite childhood companion. She was everything I wanted to be: strong, courageous, independent, smart and rich…and a heart of gold.


  2. bentehaarstad
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 02:22:36

    I also grew up with Pippi and Astrid Luindgrens stories. And the mummies. Tove Jansson in Finland and Astrid Lindgren in Sweden is the best authors for children among them all.


  3. Island Traveler
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 17:22:42

    Oh wow! I didn’t know such magical place exist where children’s dreams and imagination comes to life and live forever. This is beautiful when you wrote, “Astrid Lindgren was my favorite author and I believe it was because the child in her never grown up.” What a remarkable woman. She is an inspiration. She has something to teach us today which is rediscover the child in all of us. Laugh, play, be happy, live more and just be adventurous. I will check her books. Merry Christmas and wishing you and your family all the best.


  4. poppytump
    Dec 22, 2012 @ 17:29:57

    Pippi Langstrumpf !!!! I loved reading these stories to The Tinks when she was young …
    What a great place to visit Katy – glad you brought back these pictures, I think we all could do with finding our inner child more often like Astrid L !
    Happy Christmas !


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