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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


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





..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


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


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