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Together in Finland

Two young friends of mine from Brisbane have begun an adventure in Finland. Jodie and Allen have embarked on a new life in Helsinki.

Jodie has a connection with Finland. Her mother was born there and Jodie has been a regular visitor for most of her life. Allen has also enjoyed several trips to Finland and they both feel quite at home in this wonderful country.

They have already travelled widely in the country and will continue to explore when their new jobs permit.

You can follow their adventures on Instagram. Look for Together in Finland. Jodie is a whiz at organising explorations of Finland so leave a comment below if you are planning a visit.

Jodie and Allan in Finland

Finland is lucky to have them.

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The winter weather was perfect for my recent visit to Helsinki. The sky was blue, there was no wind and it was not too cold.

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When I return it will be almost summer. I will see a completely different Helsinki.

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On my recent visit to Helsinki lovely friends took me to Lake Tuusula, about 30 minutes from Helsinki.

We visited the house of Finnish painter Pekka Halonen. (1865 – 1933). He was famous for his Finnish landscapes and people in Realist style.

His beautiful wooden house sits by the edge of the lake. The position provided him with perfect inspiration for his art. He designed the house himself with his brother Antti and called it Halosenniemi.

I wish I could show you the inside of the house but there was a strict, no photo rule. Instead come for a walk around the outside. It was a bleak autumn day on our visit, but the garden and the views from it are enchanting. I must return in spring.

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Pekka Halonen

Halonen’s studio was opened for the first time to the public in the 1950s. Tickets cost €8 and is open Tuesday – Sunday. The house is stunning and it is a wonderful insight into the life of the artist.

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On Helsinki Day 40 seals, almost 7 feet tall, were placed in Senate Square to highlight the need to protect the Baltic Sea.

At the end of summer the seals will leave to square and take up residence around the city. In the meantime, they look wonderful in Senate Square…be sure to drop in to take a look if you are in Helsinki.

I think it is an excellent reminder to look after all our seas and oceans.

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I love the early morning light in winter in Helsinki…time for a walk to Esplanadi.

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The harbour was waking up slowly.

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There was still some snow at Toolonlahti.

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Spring is not far away, but I love the winter landscape.

 

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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