Finland Bound!

As you may already know, from the 14th to the 19th, I took a short holiday in Helsinki! And boy, what a holiday it was! The weather was perfect, and we got up to so much.

I have (had) a fear of flying and also a fear of uncertainty, so this was a biggy for me. Turns out I loved flying so much that I was clapping for joy when we got hit by lightning on the way back. And not having a set plan meant for some fun memories, the funnest of which was rummaging around in a Finnish flea market fr disgusting 80’s jumpers and 70’s blouses! We did a lot of exploring, and found some places we would perhaps have missed had we made lots of plans.

Here are just a few pics from our little adventure.

 

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Above is a photograph of a tiny chapel we found in the city center! The architecture was beautiful and it was so peaceful – a little sea of quiet in a noisy city!

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We stumbled across a quite bizarre tradition whilst exploring. along any water sources, you will find these funny little wooden structures. In Finland, during the summer, the Finns will drag their carpets down to the local “mattolaiturit” (Carpet Pier) and will wash them in the river/sea. They then hang them on these wooden racks and allow them to dry outside.

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The waterway that surrounds the peninsula.

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Touring through the tunnels used by the Finnish, Swedish and Russian military during their respective occupations of the island of Suomenlinna, which is now a UNESCO world heritage sight.

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Some artsy photographs I took in the Helsinki Design Museum.

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One of my favorite chairs ever! Seriously, I got really excited when I saw this chair. When I was in my second year at secondary school (Age 13), we studied the Memphis design movement. We were briefed that we should create a clock inspired by the Memphis design movement, and this chair and its shapes and colour schemes were my main inspiration. I still have that clock.

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This is the living area of the flat we stayed in. It was owned by a wonderfully artistic chap called Jori! It really was a lovely unique place to stay, full of interesting art and interior design. Very inspirational!

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Some interesting buildings on the island of Seurasaari – which is home to an open air museum of Finnish living, with a large collection of traditional buildings from Finlands past.

IMG_5188_edited IMG_5214Landscapes from our little evening exploration. We found the Finnish equivalent of Daytona Beach, but because it was only 5 degrees it was completely empty!

 

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