November 28, 2014

Our Birthdays (October 2014)

If you like Disney art, comics, and vintage memorabilia as much as we do then we hope you liked following us around in our birthday vlog at the Lasse Åbergs Museum in Bålsta, Sweden!
For our combined birthday fun (our birthdays are 2 days apart at the end of October!) we decided to go to this awesome museum in the day and for lunch, then to Gamla Stan (Old Town) Stockholm at night!
Lasse Åberg is a Swede of many talents and passions! He's probably most famous for his comedies but he's also a musician, artist, and film director.
He's quite the Disney fan that's completely visible in his extensive collection of Disney memorabilia that includes loads of vintage toys, original film cells, original art, comics, and signed art.
He has a very amazing collection and we liked how his own Disney style art was spread out in the museum.
We had never seen so many of Walt Disney's original signatures in person, it was a surprised to find such a treasure in Sweden!
Jonas and one of his favorite childhood characters, Kalle Anka (Donald Duck)! Actually in Sweden, Donald is much more popular with kids than Mickey for some reason.
The museum had a great mix of vintage Disney memorabilia from both America and Sweden, it was charming to see some of the really old posters.
As the Disney nerds that we are, we give this place a big 2 THUMBS UP!
Lindsay's birthday outfit of the day
Our next stop was to our favorite cafe in Gamla Stan, Stockholm!
Cafe Sten Sture is a charming underground cafe that originally was a prison in the 1300s!
There are a few little nooks that you can eat in that used to be prison cells.
It might sound a bit morbid, but for some reason the place doesn't feel depressing or scary but rather cozy, has loads of charm, great staff, amazing fika, and they are always playing the best music that gives a great medieval fantasy atmosphere.
Of course we had to take some pictures in Stortorget (The Big Square) which is one of the most charming places in Gamla Stan.
Christmas lights were up on the charming streets at the end of October already!
We love this huge tree growing in the middle of where 2 streets connect.
Mårten Trotzigs Gränd is the most narrow alleyway street in Stockholm and from the perspective of this lantern it's easy to see just how narrow it is!
Lindsay showing off her new winter coat, why not take advantage of a photo op on these narrow old streets?!
 We had been to Gamla Stan several times together before but we wanted our birthday day trip to be a sort of "daycation/staycation" if you will. When you have grown up or live somewhere with a lot of history and old buildings sadly sometimes you can become accustomed to it and forget how unique and charming it really is.
Now with our new camera more than ever we want to change our mindset and take advantage of the beauty and history all around us even when we aren't on vacation. All it takes is some research online to find loads of old towns, castle, ruins, and cute cafes that makes for a great day out and you only had to go an hour or two! So we encourage you to take your camera, head out on an adventure, and play the tourist even in your own country! Have you ever gone on a staycation? We'd love to hear about it in the comments below!
-Tales of Sheaves


  1. I remember hanging out a lot at the Sten Sture café with my friends in my late teens (I think I remember Jonas joining us a few times too). It's a really nostalgic place to me. It looks like you had a great day – happy birthday in in arrears to you both! :)

    1. Yes! I know Jonas has nice memories of hanging out at that cafe with the "old gang" too :) -Lindsay