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I visited beautiful Helsinki several times in 2015…it is always beautiful.

flying into Helsinki

naked blacksmiths

summer in Helsinki

Helsinki skies

Esplanadi

Helsinki harbour

Winter garden

Nokka restaurant

I will return in February, I hope there will be snow.

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.

Snow at Helsinki station

 

Have a very Merry Christmas wherever you are.

 

Sarpaneva watches

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.

Stephan Sarpaneva

http://www.sarpanevawatches.com

Nokka revisited

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.

Nokka Helsinki

This time there was an available table in the beautiful dining room.

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

They have an open kitchen.

Nokka Helsinki

…and a great cellar.

Nokka Helsinki

We had the lovely French waiter who served me last time and the food was every bit as good as I remembered.

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

I’m sure this won’t be my last visit to Nokka.

http://www.ravintolanokka.fi

Autumn roses

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.

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

The Winter Garden was established in 1983. The beautiful glass and metal building contains 200 species of plants, including palms, Norfolk pines and camellias.

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Unfortunately the Winter Garden was not open when I was there, so I can’t show you inside…next time.

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.

Herring festival Helsinki

Helsinki herring festival

Helsinki herring festival

Helsinki herring festival

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.

Helsinki herring fair

You might have to share something with the large and persistent seagulls.

Helsinki herring fair

The festival runs until 10th October in market square beside the harbour.

Restaurant Day

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.

Restaurant Day Helsinki

Restaurant day Helsinki

Restaurant day Helsinki

Restaurant day Helsinki

Restaurant day Helsinki

Restaurant day Helsinki

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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