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Christmas at Stockmann

Christmas has arrived at Stockmann

Stockmann Christmas

The Christmas windows are stunning.

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

In the next window is Lego Helsinki.

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

The decorations certainly brighten a dull, wet day.

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Egg

Egg is an interesting restaurant beside the harbour, below the Russian church.

Egg Helsinki

Unsurprisingly, they serve omelettes, and they are very good.

Egg Helsinki

The decor is simple.

Egg Helsinki

Egg Helsinki

I ordered the fish omelette. It was delicious!

Egg Helsinki

Egg is a cheerful, inexpensive place to eat in Helsinki…try it.

Egg Helsinki

Goodbye summer

Summer is almost over in Helsinki. Here is a reminder of how beautiful the city looked in this lovely season.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

I will be back in the city next week to see the beginning of autumn.

Coffee and a view

Johan & Nystrom is a great place to have coffee. In the warm summer months there are tables outside beside the water and the view across the harbour is lovely.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

The inside is inviting too.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

There is a good selection of pastries.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

The coffee is great and the almond croissant was one of the best I have tasted.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom is one of my favourite places to stop for coffee in Helsinki.

Kanavaranta 7. Katajanokka district.

New Arabia shop

Beautiful Arabia ceramics have been around since 1873 when the brand new factory was built near Helsinki. Within a couple of years the output from the factory accounted for half of the total annual ceramics production in the whole country.

Arabia ceramics are known the world over for their beautiful design and practicality.

A brand new shop has opened at 23 Pohjoisesplanadi.

Arabia Esplanadi

It is full of gorgeous things.

Arabia Esplanadi

Arabia Esplanadi

Drop in and be delighted.

 

Summer markets

Market Square is a fun place to be in summer. There are colourful stalls selling fresh produce and hand made items.

The wonderful open air pool is waiting nearby…what a fun thing to do in the city.

On Helsinki Day 40 seals, almost 7 feet tall, were placed in Senate Square to highlight the need to protect the Baltic Sea.

At the end of summer the seals will leave to square and take up residence around the city. In the meantime, they look wonderful in Senate Square…be sure to drop in to take a look if you are in Helsinki.

I think it is an excellent reminder to look after all our seas and oceans.