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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4 times a year Pop-up restaurants appear all over Helsinki. The residents of the city get together and have fun with food.
Anyone can participate, and hundreds of little places to eat appear everywhere.
Here are some photos taken by Jodie and Alan at the latest one which took place on 16th August.
Be prepared for the next Restaurant Day on 21st November. There may not be as much sun around on that day, but I’m sure it will be fun.
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Helsinki shines in the summer sun.
Beautiful Helsinki. Summer is almost over, but autumn is beautiful too.
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In summer it has been a tradition to brings rugs down to the sea to clean them. There are platforms, (mattolaituri) mangles to squeeze the water out and drying frames near the water for this purpose.
We saw no rugs being cleaned, but we did see a few people basking in the afternoon sun.
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What could be better than a trip into the Finnish countryside and a Kesamokki…summer cottage.
Jodie and Allan enjoyed some walks in the forest collecting berries…blueberries, bilberries, lingonberries, red currants, white currants and wild strawberries.
…and the results of all this work.
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