One of the first places I go to when I arrive in Helsinki is Market Square, down by the harbour. There is almost always some activity there, whether it is a food market or an exhibit of some kind.
On my last visit I came upon a collection of lovely old cars out for the evening.
I will be back in Helsinki in just over a week. I hope to find something special in Market Square…perhaps covered with snow.
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I visited beautiful Helsinki several times in 2015…it is always beautiful.
I will return in February, I hope there will be snow.
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I would love to be in Helsinki for a lovely cold Christmas. I’m not sure if snow has fallen yet, this year has been quite warm I think.
Anyway, here is a photo I took when there was snow on the stone men at the railway station.
Have a very Merry Christmas wherever you are.
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The very first Sarpaneva watches were made in the home of Stephan Sarpaneva, using a metal lathe in his kitchen. In 2003 he moved his workshop to the old cable factory by the Helsinki seaside.
Stephan Sarpaneva was born in 1970 to a Finnish family with a long heritage of craftsmanship. Son of jewellery designer Pentri Sarpaneva, and nephew to Finland’s renowned product designer Timo, it was perhaps inevitable that Stephan would grow into some sort of artist, or artisan.
Stephan likes to work in steel…and his watches are very special indeed.
My friends Jodie and Alan visited his workshop to show us some of the beautiful work.
All Sarpaneva watches are designed by Stephan himself…exceptional timepieces intended for exceptional people.
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On a recent visit to Helsinki I returned to Nokka for another delicious meal. They specialise in pure, fresh ingredients sourced from small Finnish producers.
This time there was an available table in the beautiful dining room.
They have an open kitchen.
…and a great cellar.
We had the lovely French waiter who served me last time and the food was every bit as good as I remembered.
I’m sure this won’t be my last visit to Nokka.
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The beautiful rose garden in front of the Winter Garden still had some roses and other flowers in bloom when I visited in early autumn. It is delightful place to walk on a sunny day.
I walked from the city through the park at Toolonlahti.
The Winter Garden was established in 1983. The beautiful glass and metal building contains 200 species of plants, including palms, Norfolk pines and camellias.
Unfortunately the Winter Garden was not open when I was there, so I can’t show you inside…next time.
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The Baltic Herring Fair is the oldest traditional event in Helsinki. It has been held since 1743…and what perfect weather there has been so far this year for the outdoor festivities.
Baltic fishermen bring in their fish to sell, along with lots of other delicious things to eat.
There are colourful stalls selling handmade clothing and wooden items.
You can sit and enjoy delicious seafood, coffee and cakes and take in the lovely sunshine.
You might have to share something with the large and persistent seagulls.
The festival runs until 10th October in market square beside the harbour.
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