Day 10.  Haukilahti and Matinkylä, Espoo

Haukilahti is a small coastal town in Espoo located between Westend and Matinkylä.  It's just a 20 minute journey from central Helsinki and is a lovely place to visit on a sunny day.  We decided to take a walk along the waterfront walkway / cycle path which is known as Espoon Rantaraitti and is clearly …

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Day 2.   Tapiola, Espoo’s Garden City

A leisurely start to the day after arriving here late last night.  Waking to warm sunshine after so many cold days at home was just what was needed.  Our holiday home overlooks a sheltered bay where the air is fresh and all around it's so peaceful and green.  I call it my 'summer paradise' as …

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Day 16.  Lovely Luukki, Espoo

A favourite beauty spot of ours in the Helsinki / Espoo region is Luukki.  Getting there without a car is relatively easy by taking bus no. 345 from outside the Central Railway Station, journey time being 45 minutes with buses running every hour.  Shortly after passing a Shell petrol station you will see a blue …

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Day 31. Farewell Finland 

I shouldn't be sad that we had to leave southern Finland and return home today, not many people are so fortunate as me to be able to go away for an entire month.  I did have a heavy heart though as we gathered our belongings together before taking one last forest walk in the warm …

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