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First snow

The first snow of the season has fallen on Helsinki. It gives everything a magical appearance.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

..no doubt there will be much more over the next few months.

Seeing spots

A bit of colour was added to Esplanadi park this summer.

Esplanadi park

Esplanadi park

Esplanadi park

Esplanadi park

Esplanadi park

Esplanadi park

Do you like seeing spots?

A day in Porvoo

Porvoo is one of only 6 medieval towns in Finland. It is first mentioned in texts from the 14th century. At one time it was the second largest town in Finland.

It is connected to the Gulf of Finland via the Porvoo a River, and this is how we arrived in town. We took a leisurely cruise on the Runeberg from Helsinki, 50 kilometres away.

Sailing into town on a gorgeous summer day was a delight.

Porvoo

The red coloured wooden buildings along the river were originally painted red in honour of Gustav III, king of Sweden.

Porvoo

Lovely restaurants line the river. We enjoyed a delicious salmon lunch at one of the waterside cafes.

Porvoo

The whole town is a living museum. Gorgeous wooden buildings line the cobblestone streets and laneways. The architecture is stunning.

Porvoo

Porvoo

Porvoo

There are some lovely shops selling all sorts of great things…and great restaurants and cafes.

Porvoo

Porvoo

Porvoo

Porvoo

The centre of the town is the pretty stone and brick cathedral. It has been burnt down several times, but is looking good today after the last restoration.

Porvoo

Porvoo

Porvoo

There is much to see in Porvoo. We enjoyed our day. We caught the bus back to Helsinki.

The disappearing town looked great nestled among the trees.

Porvoo

Sea Lives

My friends Kirsi and Neil are in Helsinki now and took these great photos of the fabulous installation called Meren Elamat…Sea Lives.

Helsinki

The creatures are made from bits of plastic.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Heksinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

 

Helsinki

Helsinki

There is always something happening in vibrant Helsinki.  will be back in 2 weeks…can’t wait.

Helsinki harbour is beautiful, perfect for a boat trip to Porvoo on the Runeberg.

Helsinki

Helsinki

We sailed out on a gorgeous morning, a little hazy, but great anyway.

Helsinki

We glided past Suomenlinna.

Helsinki

Helsinki

…past King’s Gate.

Helsinki

…and along the coast.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

We arrived at the entrance to Porvoo.

Porvoo will be the subject of the next post…it is a wonderful historical town.

El Fant is a welcome addition to the food scene in Helsinki.

El Fant Helsinki

The decor is clean and bright and the food looks delicious.

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

El Fant Helsinki

I ordered the blueberry porridge and liked it so much I went back the next morning and had it again.

El Fant Helsinki

The carrot cake was also good and the coffee, from a local roastery, is  excellent.

El Fant Helsinki

I’m sure El Fant will do very well.

Find El Fant at number 3 Katariinankatu, not far from Senate Square and the harbour.

The weather in Helsinki is wonderful right now. It is warm and sunny and it seems everyone is outside enjoying it.

I came upon a group of folk dancers in Esplanadi practising…it looked like fun.

Helsinki dancers

Helsinki dancers

Helsinki dancers

Helsinki dancers

Helsinki dancers

Another group was on stage strutting their stuff.

Helsinki dancers

 

Helsinki dancers

Helsinki dancers

Summer in Helsinki is great.