Monthly Archives: July 2017
Lappeenranta, a city about 3 hours drive north east from Helsinki, builds every year huge sand sculptures by lake Saimaa. They call it a sand castle but I think it is more than that, showing a number of amazing and creative designs. We had a lovely morning walk in the area.
Just a short walk away from the central market in Kuopio in Eastern Finland lies the green peninsula Väinölänniemi, that offers a lovely morning walk. By the shore one can see our hotel Scandic, not free for most but a lovely location and with a great range of glutenfree products.
Tartu, Estonia. A random use of a former Soviet airfield but supposedly the museum is worth a visit. We’ll make it in next time. Behind it something more random: an upside down house.
The beach in Pärnu is famous, but I didn’t realise how fantastic it is until we went there. I’d be happy to go back! I was impressed to read on a statue that already in the 19th century the head of the town had the foresight to start developing the beach area to make it […]
We totally underestimated the size of this former sailing giant that is now with EU money trying to restore the old skills and traditions. We didn’t make it across the whole island to the highest light house but we climbed up the one closer the capital of the island. Next to it was also a […]
When we arrived by ferry in Tallinn, we immediately drove to Haapsalu. Haapsalu is less than 2 hours a way, even perfect for a weekend getaway. We were a bit surprised by the excellent condition of the roads in Estonia but heard that Estonia has put both tax and EU money into good use. We […]
After the long hauls to Australia in March-April, we decided to explore Estonia, which is only 2 hours away on a ferry. We loved beautiful Estonia, there is so much more than Tallinns Old Town to it! Cost of the holiday This holiday cost us, a family of 4, about 500e, food, ferry (with car. […]
Harakka island in Helsinki is known for its nature and hatching birds. But in the summer they also organise guided nature adventurers for kids, some with special themes. We participated on one adventure on July 9th, and my kids loved it! It was a lovely sunny day, and the adventure started by the guide reading […]
Especially my son was thrilled to design and make on his own (but with the help of his grandfather…) wooden boats, rock ancker and all. And then to play with them in the water. Free and simple but loads of joy!
On July 6th this year the city invited everyone to come to Tuomarinkylä, Helsinki, and try some traditional style hey making. This is an annual event, it is free, and all the work people get, as per the tradition, soup (delicious!) and coffee. The hey will be fed to the animals at Haltiala in the […]