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Two young friends of mine have moved to Helsinki for a year long (possibly more) adventure.

Just after they arrived in the city at the end of October the first snow fell.

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Thank you Jodie and Allan for the great photos.

It melted soon after, but it was fun while it lasted

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It is almost summer in Helsinki and there are baby birds everywhere. The weather has been amazing and we have spent some time walking beside the sea. We have seen nesting birds and new chicks making the most of the gorgeous sunny days.

Barnacle geese and their babies.

Birds in Helsinki

One parent on the nest and the other keeping guard.

Birds in Helsinki

Birds in Helsinki

Beside the nesting seagull is a ball of fluff.

Birds in Helsinki

I have never seen a baby seagull before.

Birds in Helsinki

There were 2 slightly older ones nearby.

Birds in Helsinki

 Birds in Helsinki

A Barnacle goose had her nest in the middle of a public beach.

 Birds in Helsinki

This bird was just resting I think.

 Birds in Helsinki

Learning to swim.

Proud parents.

Helsinki birds

This couple was not bothered by people at all,  but when a dog came to close it was a different story.

Helsinki birds

Protecting their babies.

The ducks have babies too.

Helsinki birds

Helsinki birds

Asleep in the shade.

Helsinki birds

The white duck is still here.

Helsinki birds

It is great to see new life everywhere. The birds are quite comfortable near people and go about their daily lives in peace.

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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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Christmas has arrived at Stockmann

Stockmann Christmas

The Christmas windows are stunning.

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

In the next window is Lego Helsinki.

Stockmann Christmas

Stockmann Christmas

The decorations certainly brighten a dull, wet day.

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Goodbye summer

Summer is almost over in Helsinki. Here is a reminder of how beautiful the city looked in this lovely season.

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I will be back in the city next week to see the beginning of autumn.

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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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Toolonlahti Helsinki

Toolonlahti Helsinki

Toolonlahti Helsinki

Toolonlahti Helsinki

Toolonlahti Helsinki

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

 

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I travel to Helsinki at least 4 times a year. I love the city and each time I return I like to walk around revisiting my favourite places as well as discovering new ones.

My first stop is usually Fazer in Kluuvikatu for a coffee and one of their delicious rye sandwiches. (Click the word in bold type to see a post about the subject)

Fazer

Fazer

From there I walk through the park along Esplanadi to Market Square beside the harbour. The park is lovely in any season.

Esplanadi park

Esplanadi

Havis Amanda is always there to greet me at the harbour.

Havis Amanda

I was at the harbour one very cold winter morning to see the sunrise.

Helsinki sunrise

There is often a market offering lots of local delights. I have managed to be in Helsinki 3 times for the Baltic Herring Fair held in October. Boats back into the harbour and sell their products directly. It is great fun to talk to the fishermen about their catch.

Kauppahalli, the covered market, always beckons me inside. On a cold winter day it is the perfect place to warm up with salmon soup for lunch. If I am staying at an apartment with a kitchen I buy fresh salmon to cook at home…wonderful.

Kauppahalli

A short walk from the harbour is the imposing Russian church, Uspenski Cathedral. It was built between 1862 and 1868.

Uspenski cathedral

Uspenski cathedral

Behind the church is the beautiful district of Katajanokka. I absolutely love the architecture in this area. I can wander for hours, trying to remember to look up at the incredible roof decoration. The beautiful doors are also a source of delight. All of Helsinki is full of fabulous buildings, but in this area they are all amazing.

Walking back towards the city I visit Senate Square dominated by Tuomiokirkko, Helsinki Cathedral. This exquisite white building looks brilliant with a blue sky background….or covered with snow.

Tuomiokirkko

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Opposite the front of the church is the National Library of Finland. Even though I can’t borrow a book I like to wander through and look at the gorgeous reading rooms.

National Library of Finland

Back in the city I walk past the naked blacksmiths. Look for the bullet holes left from the war.

Naked blacksmiths

The railway station building was designed by Eleil Saarinen in 1904. It is one of the most beautiful in Europe. The stone men in front have been restored recently and carry their lights beautifully.

No visit to Helsinki would be complete without a walk around Tooloonlahti. I love the way Finns are out in any weather enjoying this beautiful place.

Toolonlahti

The shopping is excellent in Helsinki. They say if you can’t get at Stockmann it is not worth having.

Stockmann

Just in case I have missed something in Stockmann I drop in to Marimekko to see their beautiful clothes and homewares.

iittala has the most exquisite glassware and kitchen items. Something usually finds its way into my suitcase.

Dining in Helsinki is great. I have been to many Helsinki restaurants. For the setting, it is difficult to beat Kappeli, which has been around since 1867 in Esplanadi park.

Nokka serves delicious modern Finnish food.

Juuri is another favourite.

So far I have only dined at restaurants serving Finnish food. Helsinki restaurants also cater well for those looking for other cuisines. Look in the “Restaurant” category for posts on places I have visited.

I have been writing Beautiful Helsinki for 5 years. If you look back through the archives you will find quite a lot of information about this fabulous city.

I will be back in Helsinki next month…can’t wait.

 

 

 

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