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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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Johan & Nystrom is a great place to have coffee. In the warm summer months there are tables outside beside the water and the view across the harbour is lovely.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

The inside is inviting too.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

There is a good selection of pastries.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

The coffee is great and the almond croissant was one of the best I have tasted.

Johan & Nystrom Helsinki

Johan & Nystrom is one of my favourite places to stop for coffee in Helsinki.

Kanavaranta 7. Katajanokka district.

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New Arabia shop

Beautiful Arabia ceramics have been around since 1873 when the brand new factory was built near Helsinki. Within a couple of years the output from the factory accounted for half of the total annual ceramics production in the whole country.

Arabia ceramics are known the world over for their beautiful design and practicality.

A brand new shop has opened at 23 Pohjoisesplanadi.

Arabia Esplanadi

It is full of gorgeous things.

Arabia Esplanadi

Arabia Esplanadi

Drop in and be delighted.

 

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Market Square is a fun place to be in summer. There are colourful stalls selling fresh produce and hand made items.

The wonderful open air pool is waiting nearby…what a fun thing to do in the city.

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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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A great way to get a birds’ eye view of Helsinki is to take a ride on the Skywheel beside the harbour.

Each gondola has 4 seats, air conditioning and a glass floor. The glass is slightly tinted to add privacy.

The tinted glass gives an interesting  colour to the surroundings, but the view is fabulous. The wheel turns 3 times in each ride.

The cost is €12 for an adult, €9 for children between 3 – 11. Children under 2 are free.

Mon – Thu….11.00 – 19.00

Fri…11.09 – 22.00

Sat…10.00 – 21.00

Sun…10.00 – 18.00

http://www.skywheel.fi

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Gaijin

Restaurant Gaijin is the brainchild of Tomi Bjorck and Matti Wikberg. It is their second restaurant.

Gaijin Helsinki

Gaijin offers unique flavours from Japan, Korea and northern China, with a delicious modern touch.

The restaurant is in the stylish Bulevardi at number 6. I dined alone so I can’t show you a variety of meals, only mine. For my main course I ordered salmon with Asian flavours. I can’t come to Helsinki without ordering salmon.

Gaijin Helsinki

Dessert was a liquorice and almond cake with icecream…perfect.

Gaijin Helsinki

I will definitely return to Gaijin with others. They do excellent dishes to share.

 

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