TRIP TO THE OLD PORVOO

Since we had rented a car in Helsinki it was easy to take a little trip to Finland’s second oldest town, Porvoo which is just about 45 min drive from Helsinki, The mosaic-like town plan with its maze of streets and irregularly shaped plots date back to the Middle Ages. Since then the town suffered many fires, […]

HELSINKI MARKET SQUARE

One beautiful, warm, sunny morning Saara and I met in Market Square for breakfast. I’ve been wanting to do it for years, but I tend to travel to Finland during the cold season so haven’t done it in years. This is also the best place to get unique souvenirs and handicrafts, fresh fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, […]

HELSINKI LOVE

Riding Jopos around town. Mine pink, his green. Early evening coffee stop at Cafe Strindberg’s terrace. Very pretty soy mocha for me. Every time I’m here I have to take photo sitting on the seal protecting the nude lady in the middle named Havis Amanda. I have one from when I was about 5 years […]

KELLOHALLI AT TEURASTAMO

While in Helsinki we had dinner with my parents in this unique restaurant called Kellohalli that operates in an old slaughterhouse. The area was constructed in 1933 when it housed the City of Helsinki’s abattoir (slaughterhouse). Used for wholesale in the recent years, the historical compound is now being taken over by citizens. The historical spaces […]