Sunday, April 1, 2007

Västerås' walkabout, April 1st

The turbine building, Västerås' oldest power plant - hydro power, obviously. Built about 120 years ago, AND it still works (renovated in 1995), providing power to the castle. I've been inside - my inner engineering geek LOVES this. I admit ;)

Gustav Vasa - endlessly watching over the castle from Vasaparken...

...and here goes: the Västerås castle. Not very Disney, this one. The oldest parts are 800 years old. It was a royal residence until 1638.

Inspired by Cecilia, I had to go check the Magnolias too - nah, they are not fully ready for take off yet, and neither should they be already this time of the year.


Steve Bates said...

Splendid pictures, Siv. I love old technology that is both unusual and still functional today.

If you're ever in San Francisco, be sure to visit the building that houses the hub of all the cable cars. I promise you that your inner geek will be filled with joy at the sight of the huge pulleys, electric turbines, etc. that run the cables under the streets, the continuously moving cables onto which the individual cars grab... still under manual control of skilled drivers... to make the system run. Be sure to ride the cable cars as well, so you'll have a direct, visceral experience of the other end of the system. It's most impressive.

jams o donnell said...

Great photos Siv. Vasteras looks so much nicer than Romford!