Finally…Stockholm!Woman in the Middle | September 25, 2013
The last stop on our cruise in northern Europe was Stockholm, Sweden. This was a special stop for me because we were meeting up with someone I actually knew! As I have mentioned previously, I write local history books, stories, newspaper columns, etc….In the process of doing research for a book published last year I reached out to someone on Ancestry.com. She put me in contact with another family member who happened to live in Sweden. Last October Helene was visiting from Stockholm and I took her around to see the sites in the area. As she was leaving she said, “If you are ever in Stockholm…” Sigh, like that was ever going to happen! But then I remembered the cruise we were planning and, sure enough, it stopped in Stockholm!
Helene met Hubby and I and took us on a tour of the oldest part of Stockholm.
Isn’t this a pretty square? You would never guess that an event called the “Stockholm Bloodbath” occurred here in 1520!
Looking down the aisle of the church of St. Nicholas, commonly known as Stockholm Cathedral. Many royal weddings are celebrated here, including the most recent weddings of two Swedish princesses.
This carved wooden statue of St. George slaying the dragon dates to 1489.
Here are Helene and I standing on the street where her ancestor lived before she came to America. Tragically, the story of Anna Baldwin, Helene’s ancestor, did not end well. But we like to think Anna would be pleased that almost 100 years later Helene and I became friends.