The main street in Luleå (Storgatan, which literally means “the big street”) is where most of the downtown shops are. Much commerce has moved to Storheden, a shopping centre on the outskirts of town (huge parkinglots, you know the kind), but still, some shops hang on. Storgatan begins roughly where the train station is, with a square called Loet (lo = lynx), where you also find the coachstation, from where you can take the bus to most other communities in Swedish Lapland and beyond.
At the other end of Storgatan you will find the regional governor´s (landshövding) residence, a quaint yellow building. Walking from there, you pass the regional museum (Norrbottens museum) where you can learn about Sami culture and the early Swedish colonization, the “highschool village” (gymnasiebyn), Hermelinsparken which is Luleå´s oldest park, dating from 1870 and named after Samuel Gustaf Hermelin, a mountain engineer who owned a mining company and was once Swedish ambassador in the United States. Not far from there we have the Town Hall (Stadshuset), the Town Hotel (Stadshotellet), and the Cathedral (domkyrkan), by the Town Park (Stadsparken). Here you can see a great view over the park, taken from the Town Hall roof.
More or less in the middle, Storgatan is crossed by Smedjegatan (smithy street) where you find all the local buses and the Culture House (Kulturens hus), with library, café, restaurant, art gallery, and concert halls. The Culture House also sits by the northern harbour, and across from it is Norrbottensteatern, the regional theatre, housed in a row of old warehouses from the days when most transports went by sail.
The husband, who has started his vacation, came along to town today for a haircut, and we had lunch in one of the outdoor cafés that pop up every summer, when the northerners are thirsty for some sun and a bit of airing the old bones. Some of our neighbours will put shorts on at Midsummer and wear them until school starts at the end of August, no matter what the weather.
I didn´t do an entire sightseeing for you today, but did my usual round of errands, bringing the camera with me to capture anything interesting along the way, for the congregation at Tuesday T with Bluebeard & Elisabeth.
Today we had tea at the mum-in-law´s, after doing her shopping and helping her with this and that. I also did a bit of sewing on her machine – she has actually given it to me, but I don´t want to take it home, I´d rather do my sewing next to someone with 80+ years of experience!