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Going home… Finland!

The last month has seen all three of us travelling to our homelands/motherships. We love our England homes but there is nothing quite like going homehome (my way of distinguishing the two). This is enough reason to start a new category about GOING HOME!

I’ll kick things off with a few peaks of one my favourite cities in the world: Helsinki!

Helsinki is a small but perfectly formed city. Everything is within walking distance from shopping to the harbour, parks and the amusement park Linnanmäki (in the summer though only!).

Here’s a few tips of what to do and see if you ever get to visit Finland.

Artek

Make sure to have comfy shoes as the Design District has so many good shops selling everything from clothes to home wear … Feast your eyes (and hold on to your wallet) when browsing around in Artek – a Finnish institution selling amazing Scandi design.

cinnamon buns

When needing a fuel stop Cafe Esplanad does the best (and I’ve tried many!) cinnamon buns in town. You can’t leave Finland without having one of these.

Helsinki Cathedral

Helsinki harbour

From the cafe it’s only a stone’s throw to the harbour where you can browse the market stools, go off to see the Helsinki Cathedral or jump on the ferry to Stockholm (if Helsinki is boring you already:) )

trams

If your legs are aching (or it’s freezing) the trams are another good way of seeing the city – 3T tram does a nice loop and allows you to see the city from a different point of view. (Ps. This street has underfloor heating so it doesn’t freeze over…if you turn around the corner the roads are full of snow and ice…this never ceases to amaze me!)

ice-hockey

A trip to Finland wouldn’t be complete without seeing an ice-hockey match! We were up in the nose bleeds but the view of the game was great!

Hope you get to visit the land of Finns one day.

Hanna 

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