Woman with the Golden Arm

Part of  Saint Birgitta’s golden arm, a relic of Saint Eugenia Catholic parish in Stockholm kept since 1875, was stolen Monday night from the church reliquary. “

More importantly – we had an arm?!  I thought they only kept these kinds of things in Italy.  I mean, I took my kids to see Galileo’s finger once in Florence, but I had no idea we had someone’s arm in Stockholm.  (That’s right parents, they have Galelio’s finger at a museum in Florence. Remember that when planning your next vacation.  Your kids will love it!)

Now I need to find out what other body parts they have around here. This town just got more interesting.


6 Replies to “Woman with the Golden Arm”

    • hjonasson

      Unfortunately, the arm will not be available during your stay.

      I’d go to Djurgården (Google it). It’s a very nice island in the city with parks and museums. Of course you should check out Gamla Stan (the old town). Vasa museum is interesting (that’s on Djurgården). Kind of depends what you’re looking for. Let me know and I’ll send some more suggestions.

      • Geraint Isitt

        I’m going camera in hand so I’ll be snapping photos, and staying in Stockholm Central, I believe. I do like museums, galleries, and things of that nature. I saw there is a 4 hour tour to outlaying wildlife areas with the opportunity to see moose and elk and stuff. I might want to go to a club on Friday or Saturday night, but really much prefer quieter pubs and cafes.

  1. hjonasson

    Stockholm Central is one of the more modern parts of town. Follow the road down Drottninggatan (the shopping street) and it will lead you to Gamla Stan, the oldest part of town. There’s even a castle there where the king works, plus Parliament. Lots of picture taking there. I still say Djurgården. Maybe Skeppsholmen, check out Kungsträdgården (sorry, you’ll have to look these up on a map and Google). 🙂

    If you want to take a cheaper and shorter boat ride somewhere, try the boat to Vaxholm. It’s only about 30 minutes and it’s a cute island with a fort. http://www.stromma.se/en/Stockholm/The-Archipelago/Day-trips/Vaxholm/ You can catch the boat in front of the Grand Hotel (also near Kungsträdgården and Skeppsholmen).

    As for cafes, I like Chokladfabriken. They have 3 locations. http://www.chokladfabriken.se/en (scroll down for addresses. Don’t bother with St. Eriksplan – no seats)

    Chokladkoppan – Nice cafe with hot chocolate and desserts right in the main square of the old town. – http://www.chokladkoppen.se/english/

    Vetekatten is a more old-fashioned Stockholm classic tea-house. It’s also near central. http://www.yelp.com/biz/vete-katten-stockholm

    Vasa museum – http://www.vasamuseet.se/en/

    Skansen – An outdoor museum/animal area with native Scandinavian animals (including mooose and reindeer, plus they are easy to take photos of – not in cages. And then there are very old houses from all over Sweden with people dressed up in folk costumes and demonstrating things like glass-blowing and making bread. http://www.skansen.se/en/kategori/english


    I hope that covers 4 days. 🙂 Just let me know if you want any more tips!

  2. Geraint Isitt

    Thank you for the tips. I had looked at Skansen as well. But the tips on where to get hot chocolate shall not go to waste!

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