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Summer berries

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.

Berry picking

Berry picking

Rally Finland

Rally Finland happens in the very pretty town Jyvaskyla. It is the most iconic rally in the world rally circuit. My friends Jodie and Allan are rally fans and were there for the event.

Finland has produced some of the world’s best rally drivers, Marcus Gronholm, Juha Kankkunen, Tommi Makinen, Hannu Mikkola, Timo Salonen, Ari Vatanen and Simo Lampinen.

Here is Jodie with Finnish rally legend Simo Lampinen.

Rally Finland

…and Marcus Gronholm.

Rally Finland

The rally is run in the forest just outside Jyvaskyla.

There is lots of behind the scenes work done.

There is an Australian connection with Scott Pedder. Jodie and Alan were thrilled to meet him.

Jari-Matti Latvala won his third Rally Finland Championship this year.

The Australian round of the World Rally Championship will be run at Coffs Harbour from 10 – 13 September. I’m sure Jodie and Alan will be there.

http://www.rallyaustralia.com.au

 

Dinner under the Helsinki Sky happened for the second time this year. Long tables covered with white tablecloths are lined up along Pohjoisesplanadi.

Helsinki

1,000 people come with their dinner, forks, knives, drinks, set a place at the table and enjoy the company of others under the beautiful Helsinki sky.

Isn’t this a great idea? Get your picnic basket ready for next year.

 

Taste of Helsinki

Taste of Helsinki is a culinary festival, which takes you on a journey through the gourmet flavours of the city. Finland has some amazing food and this was a chance to try some delicious food by Helsinki’s best chefs…and have some fun along the way.

Perhaps we should all be making plans to be in Helsinki for the feast next year.

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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