Day 1.  A walk to Tervesaari island, Helsinki

With Finland celebrating its centenary this year and the country being a firm favourite of ours, it seemed only natural that we should make a return visit this summer.  On arriving into Helsinki airport late the previous evening, we spent our first day enjoying a walk around the market square which is always a beautiful …

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Day 2.  The National Library of Finland and the Bank of Finland Museum

Dominating Senate Square is Helsinki Cathedral, built in the neo-classical style this landmark building was completed in 1852 and its tall green dome can be seen from many parts of the city.  Senate Square was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel in 1852 and the cathedral was his masterpiece, majestically dominating the surrounding buildings.  The large …

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Day 4.  The Arabia district of Helsinki

Just north of the centre of Helsinki and at the terminus of the No. 6 and 8 trams lies the Arabia district where we found much of interest to occupy us for several hours.  Starting off by the tram terminus is the Iittala and Arabia design centre and outlet store where we were able to …

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Day 5.  Kamppi and Hertoniemi, Helsinki

A MasterChef type outdoor cooking competition was taking place in Narinkkatori square just outside Helsinki's Kamppi shopping centre so we decided to join lots of other inquisitive people and take a look at what was happening.  The event was hosted by Lidl and was the national finals of their Grillimaisteri barbecue competition. It was interesting …

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Day 13.  Lake Tuusula, Järvenpää

A day I had been looking forward to, meeting up with my Finnish blogging friend Suvi, author of the lovely blog Destination Everywhere whom I first met on my visit to Finland last year.  This time we planned a day out together exploring Lake Tuusula in Järvenpää, about a 30 minute drive from Helsinki.  Suvi …

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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 4.  Oulunkylä to Arabianranta – enjoying a nature trail

After taking the bus into Helsinki this morning we walked across to the Central Railway Station and travelled the short distance to Oulunkylä from where we started our nature trail (local trains are included in the regional travel pass).  The gravel path passes the ornate pink Oulunkylä Seurahuone (a cafe, but currently closed for renovation) …

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Day 5. Exploring Helsinki

A brighter start to the day so after breakfast we took a bus into Kamppi and our first stop this morning was to the Laituri museum just across the square from the bus station. This museum houses Helsinki City Planning Department's exhibitions and on display at the moment is an exhibition on cycling in the city so …

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Day 6. Lauttasaari, Helsinki

Back to sunshine this morning so we decided to take a walk around Lauttaasaari Island which lies between Espoo and Helsinki.  Lauttasaari means 'ferry island' but nowadays the island is connected to the mainland by a series of bridges and causeways. On National Poet's Day, and whenever it's a National Day in Finland, Finnish flags …

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Day 9.  Beside the sea at Vuosaari, Helsinki

Another sunny day so we planned a trip  to Helsinki's eastern suburb of Vuosaari.  To get there we caught a bus into Kamppi from where we connected to the metro for our journey, Vuosaari being the final stop on the line taking just 20 minutes. Leaving the metro station we glanced in the Columbus shopping …

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