I don’t know if it’s because I hadn’t been to Helsinki for a year and therefore was seeing it through new eyes, but it was sooo nice to be back this summer, and the city has never looked so beautiful. I had really been looking forward to showing the city I (more or less) lived in from the age of 19 to 28 to Matthew. He seemed to appreciate Helsinki and kept going on about how good-looking the people were. I completely agree 🙂
Although Edinburgh is great, I really miss Helsinki, and even more so: my friends! We managed to meet up with my lovely uni friends (that I hadn’t seen for 2 years!) and my lovely friend from my other school with her kiwi husband (that I hadn’t seen for 3 years or smt!), but completely forgot to take photos! 🙁 Unfortunately there wasn’t enough time to see all the people I wanted to, but will be back soon and our door is always open!
The weather was also great which really made the city even more appealing. Here are a few pics of my Helsinki (that Matthew took).
What I really love about Helsinki is that it’s surrounded by sea. I had the privilege to live only 100 meters from the shore, and used to love going for runs along the coastline and taking walks on the ice in the winter. Now my younger brother and his girlfriend live in the same flat – lucky ones!
Matthew found a place he really liked for some reason.
The old green trams are such an integrated part of the city scene and a good way to get around. (Watch out for the nutters/drunks that always seem to be quite chatty and always seem to be on the same tram you’re on…If you live in Helsinki you know what I’m talking about!)
Helsinki is quite well known among architects, mainly because of Alvar Aalto and the Jugend (Art Nouveau) architecture. If you’re an Aalto or Jugend aficionado, go to the Tourist Office and get yourself a free map that lists buildings of interest.
The Helsinki Cathedral is beautiful, and that’s where all the tourist flock to in summer (as you can see). The old quarters are being regenerated and turned into shops and restaurants, which is nice and surely appreciated by the visitors.
The obligatory ‘sitting on the steps leading up to the cathedral’-photo.
I love this photo in all its simplicity. (Photo art a la Matthew.)
A visit to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress island that is a Unesco heritage site is a must if you’re in Helsinki. It’s great for a picnic, a relaxing walk or playing with cannons.
It started raining when we were on the island, so we had to take refuge in one of the lovely cafes.
Also loving all the parks in the city that get crowded during the summer months when people come out of their holes.
More chilling in my favourite park – Sinebrychoff park – with some London friends as well as local friends. (Notice how long and creepy Matthew’s arm looks like.)
Amazing sunset in south Helsinki.
I really hope it won’t be another year before I get to visit Helsinki again!
x Nina x