I Am Off To Sweden


Hello friends, hope you had a fun weekend! I have been puttering around my house, enjoying my family & friends and shopping and packing for my trip to Sweden (sans family!). When you read this I will already/almost be on my way to beautiful Stockholm!

Some wonderful & talented blog friends will be covering for me on the two different trips I am making this summer. They will send you personal blog postcards from some of their favorite places and share some great tips that you do not want to miss! 

Meanwhile, I will be busy stomping and hopping (or spinning as my husband would say!) around in three areas in Stockholm (and everything in between).

No. 1Ostermalm, a neighborhood in the very heart of Stockholm and where my dear mother lives. This area is beautiful, quaint and filled with wonderful parks, great shopping and fabulous restaurants and cafes. This is also the district for some of the best antique stores in Stockholm.

No. 2Lidingo. A beautiful island right outside of Stockholm (connected by a bridge) and where I grew up. This was a wonderful place to spend childhood. Country living at its best and yet only minutes away from the city. Several of my closest friends still live (or have moved back) to Lidingo (and I would do the same if we ever decided to move back to Sweden!). I know every rock on this green island.

There is a beautiful world renowned sculpture museum on Lidingo, well worth a visit, called Millesgarden. I pay a visit almost every time I/we go on vacation to Sweden.

No. 3Sodermalm. Yet another great neighborhood in the city. And this is where I will be staying, in an attic apartment belonging to my x-boyfriend of many years, one of my closest friends, and now also a close friend of Peter’s! (Yes, try to figure that one out if you can. Haha!).

Sodermalm is one of the more vibrant and happening neighborhoods in Stockholm and with the relatively new “SoFo”, this area now has a NY-feel atmosphere, packed with great shops by Swedish designers and tons of fun bars and restaurants.

This is also the area where my dear and very close girlfriend Gunilla, who is expecting her first baby any day now, lives! She is one of the key reasons why I decided to book my trip at this time. Gunilla, I am so looking forward to seeing you as the proud and most loving Mom, I know you will be!

I can’t begin to tell you about my hectic schedule and all the things (and family & friends!) that I have managed to cram into 9 days. But rest assured, I will be coming back loaded with photos, many new memories, a big smile on my face, and some fun things to share with you!

I will miss you all. I will be back again August 6th.

But do know that you will be well entertained by some of my talented blog friends while I am gone. Stop by and say hello.

Images: 1. via Weheartit, 2. Unknown, 3. Flickr, 4. Via Älvsjö Mässan, 5. Via Flickr, 6. Via Flickr, 7. Via Millegarden, 8, Via Flickr, 9. Via here, 10. Via here, 11. Via Flickr, 12. Via Weheartit
Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations,The Best of Sweden |


  • Oh I am so excited for you Monika! Have a safe and wonderful trip! Looking forward to some more wonderful pictures when you get back….xoxoxMaryanne

  • Charlotta says:

    Yay! Ja! Hurraaah! For your trip and for all the exciting things you’ll be doing in our beloved motherland.

    Be safe, have a blast and enjoy Sweden to the full!


    xx Charlotta

  • Anci says:

    Hej !
    Jag hoppas att du får en riktigt fin semester i vår vackra stad :)

    Stor kram till dig

  • pudelflickan says:

    Vilka fina bilder du har tagit. Jag bor också på Lidingö sedan 26 år och nära den vackra Millesgården. Hoppas du får härliga dagar.

  • Carole says:

    Looks absolutely fab Mon. Hope you have a wonderful time. I’m off next weekend to Colombia so I know how excited you are.
    Lots of love, Carole x

  • Hi Monika! I just got back from Canada. I’m so sorry I didn’t get a chance to have a cup of coffee with you especially since it’s one of my favourite past times. What an awesome trip you’re going to have! Love the pics you’ve shown so far…I can’t wait to see more on your return. Have a great time!


  • Anci says:

    Hej !!

    Det skulle vara jättekul om vi kunde ses :) När kan du ? Vill du ha mitt mobilnr ??


  • pudelflickan says:

    Hej igen,
    Jo Kicki har berättad om hur duktig du är och jag har koll på din blogg.
    Vi kanske ses när du är här.

  • Mon, I have chills of excitement for you! I have to say Millesgarden and Sodermalm look so wonderful. Wishing you long days to enjoy friends and family!

    Love, Donna

  • Franki Parde says:

    If you run (spin) into my daughter, s-i-l, grandkiddos (they are the two CUTE ones)the Rizzi family – say, Hej da! They are roaming Stockholm, too. The VA

  • Monika, soak up all
    the sounds, the sites,
    the smells and delights
    of your beloved Sweden….
    to stoke your memory
    banks until the next
    trip. I know how much
    you’ve been anticipating
    this and will LOVE it!
    Safe travels and….
    xx Suzanne

  • Janell Beals says:

    I enjoyed this little tour of Stockholm, have the absolute best time!! Janell

  • Monika, I hope you have the best time ever. I’m trying not to be a little envious! Mona

  • Eddie Ross says:

    Have a wonderful time!!

    Eddie & Jaithan

  • liza says:

    Safe travels! I can’t wait to hear more about it!

  • Joe Clarke says:

    Have a great time, you lucky girl!

  • Laura says:

    Have a great trip!! xoxo Laura

  • Piper says:

    Oh take me with you!! It all sounds (and looks) so fantastic. Can’t wait to see lots of pics when you get back. Have a wonderful trip :)

  • Delishhh says:

    Monika – Please have some good food for me, and go to saluhallen too :), some of the things i miss and can’t have here, ice cream, cottage cheese, yogurt, fil, butter, kalv sylta m.m. the list goes on. I think i have to eat now. Have a fabulous time.

  • How fantastic. I love that you are heading to Sweden this Summer. Specially that you are going to Lidingo. How fun to visit your childhood haunts! Have loads of fun and come back with pictures. :)

    I am summer-ing hard and enjoying every moment of it with my little one. Lots of memories to be made…

    Hugs and kisses!

  • Greet says:

    Dear Monika,
    I wished I could be there with you in Sweden!!! It is not that far from Belgium!!! I know that one day I will meet you in Sweden!I am sure!!!
    Enjoy your trip and a big hug to you and to your mum and your friends there!!!

  • heidi says:

    I am going to Stockholm in a few weeks. I’ll take you up on all these great tips!

  • Laila says:

    Kjære Monika, så mange gode tips – tusen takk for at du deler de med oss! Håper du får en super duper ferie hjemme i Sverige. Takk for dine inspirerende og oppmuntrende ord hos meg, jeg skulle gjerne “bablet” litt design med deg – da deg en tur til Oslo! En dag, kanskje… Jeg følger med og gleder meg til innlegg fra dine bloggvenner! Klem klem

  • The Zhush says:

    WOW…looks and sounds even better than I had imagined! Have an amazing trip!

  • Gunilla says:

    Hi Sweetie! Stockholm, Södermalm and I are waiting for ya! But no baby Silva yet.. maybe you will arrive on the same day?! Bon voyage & see you VERY soon 😀

  • Sue says:

    Hi Monika

    Sorry I missed you before you left, I would have liked to have you over while my Mum was here. Maybe when you get back. They are returning too in August. Have a great time in Sweden, talk to you when you return!

    Sue x

  • audrey marie says:

    lucky – hope you have beautiful travels :)
    love that last photo!

  • gaia says:

    have a great holiday… I’m so curious to read your guest post….
    Talk to you soo darling…take a lot of pics and come back qith a lot of history to share with us!


  • Oh I desperately wish I was joining you Monika. It looks like something straight out of a story book. I hope you have the very best time!!

  • I hope you have a FANTASTIC time, my friend! You deserve this time. I cannot wait to hear about your adventures and view all of the photos — so exciting! Enjoy every minute of it… also, I cannot wait to see what others have in store for us while you are gone :)

    Have a great time! Thinking of you*


  • Hope you have Safe travels!! Can’t wait to see and hear all about it on your return! Have a fantastic time!

  • Tina says:

    Hope you´ll have a great visit back home in Sweden!

  • Lana says:

    Sounds fantastic, Mon! Have a wonderful time, looking forward to seeing your pics!x

  • lucky girl. sweden in summer! hope you’re having a great time Monika! xo

  • Oh, I know you are having a fantastic time!! I am thinking of you, dear friend.


  • I hope you are having an amazing time, Mon :) I will definitely be popping by to read the “postcards” from your guest bloggers! Enjoy your trip to the fullest!! xoxo

  • Have a safe and fun trip Mon!

  • Julie at BV says:

    Enjoy every day of your vacation Mon. Time is flying these days.


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