Most of my stay here in this lovely part of Sweden has been enveloped in damp, wet fog, and long stretches of rainy days. The crisp, cold days I packed for, have been curiously absent, and, as you might have seen, whatever photos I have attempted have suffered for it. However, the other night, I got a lucky break, and we actually received a blanketing of beautiful snow over our little town. Ever since getting here, I have wanted to photograph the unusual old City Hall of Lidköping. In the 1600s, it was the hunting lodge for the statesman Magnus Gabriel de la Gardie, who was a favorite of Queen Kristina. Reportedly, despite his high-flying assignments and magnificent decorations, he was more of a peace loving character who only took up hunting out of necessity – when he became the guardian of the child king Karl XI. In those days, you just couldn’t raise a king without training him in the arts of weaponry, hunting and military strategy. Even with the rustling of armor, his francophile sense of grace and elegance was evident in the lines of his hunting lodge – which now graces the town center. City Hall has moved on, and it now houses the Bureau of Tourism, as well as a cafe.