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

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

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

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One of the first places I go to when I arrive in Helsinki is Market Square, down by the harbour. There is almost always some activity there, whether it is a food market or an exhibit of some kind.

On my last visit I came upon a collection of lovely old cars out for the evening.

I will be back in Helsinki in just over a week. I hope to find something special in Market Square…perhaps covered with snow.

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I visited beautiful Helsinki several times in 2015…it is always beautiful.

flying into Helsinki

naked blacksmiths

summer in Helsinki

Helsinki skies

Esplanadi

Helsinki harbour

Winter garden

Nokka restaurant

I will return in February, I hope there will be snow.

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I would love to be in Helsinki for a lovely cold Christmas. I’m not sure if snow has fallen yet, this year has been quite warm I think.

Anyway, here is a photo I took when there was snow on the stone men at the railway station.

Snow at Helsinki station

 

Have a very Merry Christmas wherever you are.

 

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The very first Sarpaneva watches were made in the home of Stephan Sarpaneva, using a metal lathe in his kitchen. In 2003 he moved his workshop to the old cable factory by the Helsinki seaside.

Stephan Sarpaneva was born in 1970 to a Finnish family with a long heritage of craftsmanship. Son of jewellery designer Pentri Sarpaneva, and nephew to Finland’s renowned product designer Timo, it was perhaps inevitable that Stephan would grow into some sort of artist, or artisan.

Stephan likes to work in steel…and his watches are very special indeed.

My friends Jodie and Alan visited his workshop to show us some of the beautiful work.

All Sarpaneva watches are designed by Stephan himself…exceptional timepieces intended for exceptional people.

Stephan Sarpaneva

http://www.sarpanevawatches.com

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On a recent visit to Helsinki I returned to Nokka for another delicious meal. They specialise in pure, fresh ingredients sourced from small Finnish producers.

Nokka Helsinki

This time there was an available table in the beautiful dining room.

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

They have an open kitchen.

Nokka Helsinki

…and a great cellar.

Nokka Helsinki

We had the lovely French waiter who served me last time and the food was every bit as good as I remembered.

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

Nokka Helsinki

I’m sure this won’t be my last visit to Nokka.

http://www.ravintolanokka.fi

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The beautiful rose garden in front of the Winter Garden still had some roses and other flowers in bloom when I visited in early autumn. It is delightful place to walk on a sunny day.

I walked from the city through the park at Toolonlahti.

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

The Winter Garden was established in 1983. The beautiful glass and metal building contains 200 species of plants, including palms, Norfolk pines and camellias.

Winter Garden Helsinki

Winter Garden Helsinki

Unfortunately the Winter Garden was not open when I was there, so I can’t show you inside…next time.

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