I spotted this on top of a chimney on Suomenlinna…and I want one!
I found this collection of street lighting near the Toumiokirkko in Senate Square.
I don’t know if they are a permanent fixture…I hope so.
The beautiful Art Nouveau style Kappeli was established in Esplanadi Park in 1867.
In the 1880s the restaurant became a meeting place for poets and musicians. The most famous tale from this time has it that a rather large group of Finnish artists – Aho, Jarnefelt, Leino, Sebelius and Gallen-Kallela, among others, were gathered in the usual way at Kappeli when Jean Sebelius – Finland’s great composer – was required to leave for Stockholm for a couple of days to complete a musical composition.
When he finally returned from his journey the very same group was still sitting together at Kappeli. One of the artists blurted out ” Listen here Jean, either you stay outside or you stay inside, but stop coming in and out all the time.”
There is a good bistro, bar area and fine dining.
I ordered salmon, it is always a favourite in Finland.
I have also enjoyed very good meals at the bistro.
The restaurant is delightfully cosy in winter and has outdoor dining in summer.
Soon this cafe will be enjoying some lovely sunny days. I think it looks great in the middle of winter.
Eino Leino was a Finnish poet and journalist. He is considered one of the pioneers of Finnish poetry. He lived from 1878 until 1926. He now stands proudly in the pretty Esplanadi Park. He seems to cope with all types of weather.
I spotted this beer bottle when I was beside the harbour at sunrise.
I can’t imagine how it got there…on the ice in the harbour.
It was still there the next day, but the ice was beginning to break up, so I think it probably sank soon after this photo was taken.
The Natural History Museum was closed when I walked by, but it was worth going just for the lovely moose at the front door. He looked particularly wonderful with his snow covered antlers.
The museum is at 13 Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu in central Helsinki.
Click here to see the other lovely moose in Helsinki.