Day 7.  Leppävaara and Glims Farmstead Museum, Espoo

Leppävaara is located in Espoo and is easily accessible by both bus and train from Helsinki.  Adjacent to the rail and bus station is a modern, attractive shopping centre called Sello which has a wide selection of shops and cafes.  As it was such a warm, sunny day we decided to take a stroll over …

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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 11.  Villa Elfvik and Laguuni Water Park, Espoo

Villa Elfvik is located in Espoo close to the centre of Helsinki and it was from there that we started our countryside walk.  It's an art nouveau villa on the edge of the Laajalahti Nature Reserve, inside we found exhibitions relating to the diverse nature of Espoo as well as a children's adventure area 'Badger's …

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Tapiola lake, Espoo, Finland

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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Keilaniemi

Day 8. Keilaniemi and Kamppi Chapel, Helsinki

A short walk from our holiday apartment lies Keilaniemi.  Located here overlooking the bay are the headquarters of some large companies including Kone and Neste Oil.  There is a pleasant promenade to walk or cycle along and towards the far end you will find a lunch restaurant with an outside terrace called Keilalahden Ranta where we sometimes like …

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Futuro House, WeeGee, Tapiola, Finland

Day 15. The WeeGee Exhibition Centre, Tapiola, Espoo

A stroll by the sea into Tapiola and a visit to the WeeGee Exhibition Centre which includes four museums, a cafe and museum shop.  Entrance is €12 but is free each Friday between 5.00 pm and 7.00 p.m.  The WeeGee building was constructed in the 1960's for the Finnish printing company Weilin and Göös as their …

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Sunbathing beside the lake in Luukki, Espoo, Finland

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 sign …

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Day 25.  An evening in Haukilahti, Espoo

Part Two : Haukilahti is a small coastal town located in Espoo, west of Helsinki.  It has an attractive marina , yacht club and some inviting cafe/bars.  It's not very far from where I'm staying and  I came here this evening with Suvi from Destination: Everywhere, a Finnish blogger who I've been in contact with through …

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Day 27.  Seurasaari Island, Helsinki

Seurasaari is a small island a short distance from Helsinki which is approached by an ornate wooden footbridge.  Getting there by public transport is quite easy,  Bus No.24 leaves from Eira and we boarded the bus from outside the Sokos Department Store on Mannerheimintie near Kamppi.  The bus takes around 30 minutes but it's also …

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Day 29.  A Stroll from Sibelius Park to Hietaniemi Beach, Helsinki

Another of our favourite Helsinki seaside walks is from the Sibelius Monument.  Getting there by public transport is easy, we took the No.24 bus from outside the Sokos department store near Kamppi and rang the bell to alight as soon as we saw the Sibelius Monument on the left. Sibelius Park is in the Töölö …

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