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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.

When I was in Helsinki late last year I was disappointed to find the main Marimekko shop on Esplanadi closed for renovation.

I returned earlier this year and was very pleased to see the newly renovated shop. It is not quite as big as before, and it is no longer on Esplanadi, but further down Mikonkatu.

Marimekko

Marimekko

Marimekko

Marimekko

 

Marimekko

Marimekko

It can also be entered via the Kampi shopping centre. There are several other places to buy Marimekko in Helsinki, but this one has always been my favourite.

 

Havis

Havis is a pretty nautical style restaurant beside the Helsinki harbour.

Havis

The interior is very elegant.

Havis

Havis Helsinki

I chose the Havis menu. You can have 3 or 4 courses. I decided on 3, leaving out the cheese course.

First came an amuse bouche. I can’t really tell what it was, but it was delicious.

Havis Helsinki

Mushroom soup followed and was also very good.

Havis Helsinki

I really like Arctic char, which was the reason I chose the menu. It was served with scallops, potatoes and fennel sauce.

Havis Helsinki

Dessert was sorbet with muesli and white chocolate served 3 ways…yum.

Havis Helsinki

Helsinki has many good restaurants to choose from…I would go back to Havis any day.

Winter games

Winter weather doesn’t keep tough Finns inside.

Here are some gentlemen enjoying an outdoor activity.

Helsinki

Helsinki

A certain white duck is creating quite a stir in Helsinki. He has been making an appearance with the coloured ducks in the waters of Tooloonlahti. They all seem to be getting along with each other.

Helsinki ducks

Helsinki ducks

Helsinki ducks

I feel lucky to have spotted him on a gorgeous winter day.

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