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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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Helsinki

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Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

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

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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.

Porvoo

Porvoo

Porvoo

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

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Porvoo

Porvoo

Porvoo

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.

Porvoo

Porvoo

Porvoo

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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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.

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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