This is a town on fourteen islands, so choose an easily found destination -- usually the old town is well marked. Park safely, and walk. Find sculptures, this one of a joyous guitar, is held by -- who? We wrote it down, have to find the log. Meanwhile, find more unusual instruments at http://siegelproductions.ca/fiddlefarmers/unusualinstruments.html
First impressions of Stockholm: old and new, side by side. Surprises around corners.
Statues are in settings for a purpose. Here, the waterfront is at the heart of the work of one Evert Taube: Troubadour, who especially loved and collected sailors' songs. He lived from 1890-1976, and is much beloved -- hear and see him from 1921 at Evert Taube, YouTube, Byasan Lull. Go for more at Evert Taube, YouTube again. He was a singer and a songwriter, not just for mariners, see bio at http://evert-taube.co.tv/#Biography.
More songs: Brevet fran lillan, here on YouTube
Taube is a noble family, see its coat of arms at http://armorialblog.wordpress.com/category/swedish-heraldry/page/3/ Evert Taube's son, Sven-Bertil, was also a musician, and you can hear him at the armorialblog site. Click away. Or click for YouTube here
The water is good quality, enabling fishing right downtown.
No railings make for easy on and off the boats, and right off the docks if you are backing up for a better picture on the shore. In Europe, you are supposed to look where you are going.
From this fjord archipelago of so many islands, the waterway fans back and widens to pass Vasteras and Orebro, the fjord depth enabling a prosperous water trade for centuries. Settlements once on the water, however, are now inland with the silting.