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Parliament House

Parliament House in the Toolo district of Helsinki is an impressive building.

Parliament House Helsinki

It is built in a combination of Neoclassical style and early 20th century  modernism. The exterior is constructed in red Kalvola granite. The facade has 14 columns with Corinthian capitals.

In 1923 there was a competition to choose the location for Parliament House. Arkadiamaki, a hill beside what is now Mannerheimintie, was chosen.

An architectural competition the following year chose the firm of Borg-Siren-Aberg to design the building. Sigfrid Siren Siren (1889 1961) was given the task. Parliament House was constructed between 1926 – 1931 and was inaugurated on March 7 1931.

Guided tours are arranged on Saturdays at 11.00 & 12.30. Sundays 12.00 & 13.30. In July and August also at 14.00 on weekdays.

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The winter weather was perfect for my recent visit to Helsinki. The sky was blue, there was no wind and it was not too cold.

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When I return it will be almost summer. I will see a completely different Helsinki.

GLO

One of my favourite places to stay In Helsinki is the GLO hotel in Kluuvikatu.

The central location makes it ideal for a city stay.

The rooms are lovely and the beds heavenly to sleep on.

GLO Helsinki

They have a new restaurant and it is excellent!

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GLO Helsinki

GLO Helsinki

GLO Helsinki

I look forward to my next stay in Helsinki in the new year.

GLO Kluuvi.

Kluuvikatu 4

http://www.glohotels.fi

The home of an artist

On my recent visit to Helsinki lovely friends took me to Lake Tuusula, about 30 minutes from Helsinki.

We visited the house of Finnish painter Pekka Halonen. (1865 – 1933). He was famous for his Finnish landscapes and people in Realist style.

His beautiful wooden house sits by the edge of the lake. The position provided him with perfect inspiration for his art. He designed the house himself with his brother Antti and called it Halosenniemi.

I wish I could show you the inside of the house but there was a strict, no photo rule. Instead come for a walk around the outside. It was a bleak autumn day on our visit, but the garden and the views from it are enchanting. I must return in spring.

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Pekka Halonen

Pekka Halonen

Halonen’s studio was opened for the first time to the public in the 1950s. Tickets cost €8 and is open Tuesday – Sunday. The house is stunning and it is a wonderful insight into the life of the artist.

Christmas at Stockmann

Christmas has arrived at Stockmann

Stockmann Christmas

The Christmas windows are stunning.

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Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

In the next window is Lego Helsinki.

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Stockmann Christmas

The decorations certainly brighten a dull, wet day.

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.

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