When I helped move some skaters into the place I like to refer to as the 'Derby Mansion', I did not realize that the house, and most buildings on the small island- once belonged to Albert Nobel.
Nobel was the inventor of dynamite, and in whose name the Nobel Prize is given.
The house was his laboratory. There is a good cafe across the park which was the site of his factory.
When I first saw the house, all I could wonder at was that the owner left behind not just glassware, and expensive, lovely curtains but items such as a grand piano.
It was all very impressive - but of course if the internet is correct he had more than one factory over the years.
The whole area is pretty, and the coffee at the cafe is good. To get to the house or cafe you have to walk through the woods, and there is a water view from most angles.
I was curious to see how the house would fare for parties- as with six skaters virtually all of the league would be actually not casually connected by at least one person.
I managed to be sick the only time I felt up to going to a party there.
I am sure they have been good ones- but sometimes or maybe more accurately, often the idea of a large party and easily a 10-15 year gap in the median age just seems plain exhausting to me.
Vinterviken Cafe is now a favorite of mine.
I feel lucky when I come across some place by chance, or luck, or through derby. I still need to take Zok there, but this place is on a list of several...better luck in 2013!