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Helsinki is a fun place to be in the warmer months. Take a look at the Samba Festival that happened in June for the 25th time.

Samba festival Helsinki

 

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

 

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

 

Samba festival Helsinki

Samba festival Helsinki

I’m sure not too many people would think that Samba and Helsinki go together, but it is one of Helsinki’s largest free public events. Audience numbers are between 20-30,000 people.

Thank you to Jodie and Allan for taking the photos and sharing the event with us.

Helsinki skies

Blue sky makes a great backdrop for the Tuomiokirkko.

 

Tuomiokirkko Helsinki

…so does a late evening sky.

Tuomiokirkko

Tuomiokirkko Helsinki

Tuomiokirkko Helsinki

Tuomiokirkko Helsinki

Beautiful Helsinki.

People Soup

Debra Kolkka:

I’m pleased to see that summer has arrived in Helsinki! Take a look at Hey Helsinki. It is a great blog with lots of information about beautiful Helsinki.

Originally posted on Hey Helsinki:

On a beautiful sunny day recently a friend and I decided to take our boys to the Olympic Swimming Stadium. Upon arrival we found our idea was not terribly unique, as the queue snaked out the door.

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Once inside we had the choice of four pools – the main pool, a diving pool, a children’s pool & the wading pool.

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We opted for the wading pool, which meant we could watch the boys without being in the water the whole time. There’s also a playground and a water slide, which you pay a small fee to use.

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The diving pool was busy and an announcement was made over the loud speaker each time the highest platforms were opened for use.

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The pools were originally built for the 1940 Summer Olympics, which were cancelled due to the war.The building was completed in time for Helsinki to host the 1952 Summer Olympics and the pools are…

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My last visit to Helsinki was in late spring. The weather was very kind on my first day and I was delighted to see lilacs in bloom everywhere. The bushes are enormous and full of flowers.

Helsinki flowers

Helsinki flowers

Helsinki flowers

Helsinki flowers

In Esplanadi I loved the gorgeous tall flowers…I don’t know what they are.

Helsinki flowers

Helsinki flowers

Helsinki flowers

Helsinki flowers

The next day it rained…just as well I was able to walk for a couple of hours in fine weather.

On my latest trip I flew into lovely Helsinki from Rome on a gorgeous day.

Leaving Rome…

Finnair leaving Rome

Finnair leaving Rome

Flying across the Gulf of Finland.

Finnair flying over the Gulf of Finland

 

 

Finnair flying over the Gulf of Finland

Finnair flying over Helsinki

 

…down through the clouds.

Finnair over Helsinki

…over Helsinki.

Finnair over Helsinki

Finnair over Helsinki

Finnair over Helsinki

Finnair over Helsinki

Finnair over Helsinki

Finnair over Helsinki

Thanks Finnair for another great trip.

Finnair

If you look closely at the impressive statue of the naked blacksmiths in the square outside Stockmann you can see the damage caused in the Continuation War in 1944.

The damage was caused mostly by bomb schrapnel.

Naked blacksmiths Helsinki

Naked blacksmiths Helsinki

Naked blacksmiths Helsinki

Naked blacksmiths Helsinki

Don’t forget to look up as you walk by.

Otzi shoes

Otzi is the name given to the “Ice Man”, the frozen man discovered buried in ice in the Otztal Alps between Austria and Italy. He was remarkably well preserved and is now refrozen and in the Museum of Archeology in Bolzano, northern Italy.

His clothes and shoes were also well preserved in their icy grave and some clever people have recreated his shoes for modern times. There is a shop in Helsinki selling them.

Ots shoes Helsinki

Ots shoes Helsinki

They don’t really look much like the original shoes, but not many of us would want real Otzi shoes. The inner shoe was composed of grass as insulation. The outer part was deer skin fastened to an oval sole made of bear skin. The shaft around the ankle was bound with grass fibres.

There is a reasonable version recreated in the shop.

Ots shoes Helsinki

Here is the delightful updated versions of the shoe. I can report that they are very comfortable.

 

Otzshoes Helsinki

There is a canvas espadrille shoe for summer. These would be in store now.

Otzshoes 

Mikonkatu 3

http://www.otzshoes.fi

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