Day 2.  Exploring Senate Square Helsinki

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.  Exploring 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 in 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.  Helsinki’s Boulevard & The Museum of Journalism 

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.  Finland’s Lake Tuusula

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 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 15. Space Age Utopia in Tapiola

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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Day 17.  Viewing Trams at the Helsinki Tram Museum and in the City

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. Open sided tram carriageStarting our …

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Day 21.  Keeping busy on a rainy day in Helsinki

The rain was heavy when we woke this morning, 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 …

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Day 22.  Strolling around Töölö Lake and the Winter Garden

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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