National Geographic : 1963 Apr
KODACHROME(ABOVE) AND HS EKTACHRO Before me were ranged the pastel fronts and copper roofs of the medieval Old Town, "the town between the bridges" (above). Soar ing church spires spiked the skyline. Traffic jockeyed for running room along Skeppsbron (Ships' Quay), where white ships in the Finn ish trade lay moored. There on the left, the 700-room Royal Pal ace unwound its neoclassic facade. Fisher men raised and lowered their round dip nets 454 beside the North Bridge. Then I was in the heart of town at Gustav Adolfs Square, where lovely girls fill the benches in summertime, faces turned to the strengthening sun. Since Birger Jarl, an early Swedish ruler, built a fortress here 700 years ago, Stockholm has swarmed over 12 islands that lie like giant stepping stones where the Mailar Lake meets the brackish Baltic. (The Swedish d is pro nounced like the e in "men," a like a in "raw,"