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 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 12.  The Museum of Journalism Helsinki

Our plan today was to explore Helsinki's Boulevard which starts from Erottaja in central Helsinki.  Strolling along this elegant avenue we admired the beautiful buildings, many of which are now high class shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries.  We passed The Old Church and its garden which always seems a popular venue for young people to …

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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 17.  Helsinki Tram Museum and Pub Tram

Being a lover of transport museums around the world, I couldn't resist a visit to the Helsinki Tram Museum which is located in the Töölö district of the city in a former tram depot.  Admission to the museum is free and it is open each day between 11.00 am and 5.00 pm. Starting our tour around the …

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Day 21.  The Church in the Rock and National Museum of Finland, Helsinki

The rain was heavy when we woke but not to worry,  there are always interesting places to visit in the city even if the sun isn't shining.  Our first stop was at the Temppeliaukio Church also known as the 'Church in the Rock' located in the Töölö district  in the city centre. The church opened …

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Day 22.  Töölö Lake and the Winter Garden, Helsinki

After taking the bus into Helsinki we decided to walk towards the Finlandia Hall and take a stroll around the Töölö lakeside.  On a sunny day there's no better place to be, walking through this urban park in the city centre.  There's a double width path to accommodate both cyclists and walkers / joggers without …

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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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