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A couple of girls on a shopping expedition tripping past Christoffers Blommor in the narrow lane of Kåkbrinken,Gamla Stan.
Photo taken when the sun was high. Despite the girls walking away from the camera and the harsh light on the tops of their heads, I like the photo. I expect that not everyone will like it so if you are giving it a critique make it honest. No critiques I will take to mean that it did not catch your eye or imagination.

"Kåkbrinken (Swedish: "The [Ramshackle] House Slope") is a street in Gamla stan, the old town of Stockholm, Sweden. Stretching from the western waterfront Munkbroleden to the central square Stortorget, it forms a parallel street to Yxsmedsgränd, Solgränd, and Bedoirsgränd, while being crossed by Munkbrogatan, Lilla Nygatan, Stora Nygatan, Västerlånggatan, and Prästgatan.
First mentioned in 1477, and in more detail in 1496, the street is called Kakbringkin, kak being old Swedish for modern Swedish kåk, today meaning "ramshackle house" or "prison", but at the time referring to a pillory placed on Stortorget.[1] The pillory is first mentioned in connection to the so called "Käpplinge murders" (Käpplingemorden) in the first half of the 15th century - the story of a group of German burghers who trapped a large number of prominent citizens in a hovel on Blasieholmen (at the time called Käpplinge) and burned them in. The Germans are said to have been led from the Royal Palace to the pillory.[1][2] A copper statue of a man holding a birch in his right hand, placed on top of the pillory in 1602, was replaced in 1647 by a new one in bronze still preserved in the Town Hall. The pillory was moved to Norrmalmstorg in 1776, and from there to Eriksbergsplan in 1810.[1]

On a map dated 1733, the upper part of the street, between Stortorget and Västerlånggatan, is called Kåkbrinken, while the lower part is given several names:[1][3] Kocks gränd (referring to the burgher Ragvald Kock); Jokum bagares, Bagare gränd, Schultens gränd, and Nedre Schult gränd (referring to the baker Joachim Schult); Söte Gudmunds gränd Söte gummans gränd ("Alley of the Sweet Old Woman", Gudmund is also a proper name), Lasse Månssons gränd, Björn Perssons gränd, Mäster Eriks gränd (referring to men with those names), and Påfvel murmästares gränd ("Alley of Masonry master Paul"). Before the names of the streets of Gamla stan were fixed in 1885, the name 'Kåkbrinken' was used for various parts of its present extension."
Wikepedia citing references:
1.^ a b c d e "Innerstaden: Gamla stan". Stockholms gatunamn (2nd ed. ed.). Stockholm: Kommittén för Stockholmsforskning. 1992. pp. 71. ISBN 91-7031-042-4.
2.^ Enderborg, Bernt. "Fetaliebröder". Packhus Guteinfo. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
3.^ Wrangel, Fredrik Ulrik (1912). "Stockholmiana I-IV". Projekt Runeberg. Retrieved 2007-01-17.
4.^ "Konsten i Gamla stan". City of Stockholm. Retrieved 2007-02-09.[dead link]
5.^ Laila Kitzler Åhfeldt, Magnus Källström (2002). "Stockholmsrunor och en huggspårsanalys av runstenen vid Prästgatan" (in Swedish). Upptaget - Sankt Eriks årsbok 2002. Stockholm: Samfundet Sankt Erik, Stockholm City Museum, Museum of Medieval Stockholm. pp. 172–180. ISBN 91-974091-1-1.

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