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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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 1.  My Journey to Helsinki

The start of our summer holidays and whilst most Britsh families head south to the Mediterranean we always head north to Finland.  You may find this somewhat strange but actually southern Finland generally enjoys warm sunny weather during the summer months, warm enough for trips to the beach and for swimming in the crystal clear …

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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 3.  A Day in Tallinn, Estonia

During the night we experienced a thunderstorm with heavy rain but thankfully it had passed by morning although it was a dull start to the day.  After an early breakfast we travelled into Helsinki in order to take the 8.30 am Eckerö Line ferry across to Tallinn in Estonia.  Over the years we've made many …

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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 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 7.  Helsinki University Botanical Garden

A sunny day in the capital so our first stop this morning was to the Helsinki University Botanical Garden in Kaisaniemi not far from the city's Central Railway Station.   Since our last visit two years ago the gardens have been undergoing a large rebuilding programme which is yet to be completed.  I was surprised …

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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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