Picnic at Tantolunden’s Play Park & the Allotment Gardens

Our 2017 summer was packed with picnics almost every other weekend. We found it was a great way to explore Stockholm and enjoy the long summer days in a laid back relaxed fashion.Tantolunden_KroniclesofKandK_MichelleJobPhotography-84

Situated in Årstaviken in southwest Södermalm on one of the fourteen islands that make central Stockholm, Tantolunden is one of the largest parks in Stockholm inner city.

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Tantolunden is the brainchild of Stockholm’s first gardener, Alfred Medin. Work began in 1885. The plan was to create a romantic walk way around the mountainous area west of Ringvägen with a series of corridors and benches for people to enjoy the various city views under the shade of lush green trees in Summer!

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Mini Golf, Tantolunden

The massive green space snugly located between the Tanto beach and the little hill is a perfect place to spend a long summer day in Stockholm.

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Surrounded by some of Södermalm district’s popular eateries and takeaways, at Tantolunden, you can also enjoy a day of beach volleyball, mini golf, open air-theater and a frisbee golf course.

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Tantolunden also boasts of a very typical Scandinavian play park.

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We visited Tantolunden on a very summery Saturday in May last year.

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Our kids and their little friends had a blast at the play park!

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Vijay’s parents were with us. They both are very fond of travelling and exploring new places to such a great extent, that my co-brother has fondly given them the title ‘Mr. & Mrs. Columbus’!

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Mr. & Mr. Columbus trekking Tantoberg

As the kids were playing in the play park, Mr. & Mrs. Columbus decided to go on an impromptu trek on Tantoberg’s southern slopes!

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My friend and I left the kids under the dads’ supervision and joined them. I had absolutely no clue on what awaited us up the hill!

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We were literally breathless when we reached on top and within moments, we were lost in the breathtaking view of Stockholm!

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Still clueless, we decided to just follow a small path we found in the hill. As we strolled, we were in for a very pleasant surprise! The best part of Tantolunden awaited us – Södra Tantolundens koloniträdgårds-förening (South Tantolunden allotment garden)!

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It is an oasis of miniature summer cottages and pretty little gardens.

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The gardens and houses were so so pretty that my eyes and my mind simply couldn’t believe what it was seeing and experiencing!

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Did we just step into a story book or a postcard?

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During the World War II, when Stockholmers were going through a very trying time, this allotment garden, along with 150 others scattered across Stockholm, was set up so the impoverished could have their own small space to grow their own food.

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Fast forward to today, this little hill no longer belongs to the poor! It is one of the much coveted areas by the elite of Sweden!

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The wait to purchase one of these plots is easily between 20 to 50 years along with an intensive interview on the intention of purchase and interest in gardening.

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While owning a property in this allotment could be beyond comprehension for a common man, anyone can enjoy its beauty! The garden paths makes it easily accessible for walkers, joggers and bicyclists!

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What an absolutely gorgeous day it was! Tolkien was right when he wrote,

“Not all who wander are lost!”

I am so glad we wandered!

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Mr. & Mrs. Columbus in front of their dream summer cottage & garden!
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