Hiya Helsinki!

I started my trip to Finland exactly how I planned to: With Moomins. I loved the Moomins when I was a kid, so when I boarded our overnight ferry from Stockholm to be greeted by a Moomin I was overcome with happiness!
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The boat actually felt like a shopping centre inside and I kept forgetting I was on a boat. We boarded, settled into our shoebox cabin, I went for a massage – (hilarously unfriendly masseuse “TAKE YOUR CLOTHES OFF” in a gruff voice…I’m not sure she spoke any other English words and barked that at me as I entered the room. She gave a good massage though.) – and then we went for an almighty buffet dinner. I did take pictures but to be honest it just looks like a mass of food and doesn’t really show it off. So I’ll move on to some slightly better food photography…

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We arrived in Helsinki, grabbed some lunch at Da Vinci who served the most gorgeous salads. We then set off exploring!

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We arrived at the harbour and boarded a boat to Suomenlinna which is a sea fortress comprised of little islands which are all connected by bridges. The islands are on the water just outside of Helsinki.

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I absolutely love the sea. Dad, I know you’re reading this: BUY ANOTHER BOAT.

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At the entrance to the island there is a clock tower arch way. I feel like there is a story about the time on the clock but I can’t remember – if you know then let me know! Google was useless.

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A wee pano of the bay for you!

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Looking back towards the city.

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The Suomenlinna Church is right in the middle of the island of Iso Mustasaari and is a stunning building. Inside is a functional church and around the outside you can see names of fallen soldiers. It felt strange to see the Nazi symbol carved next to names.

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Suomenlinna has amazing ice cream. Cherry & pear. Oh my word. It was one of those cones that you never want to end, and when it does the only thing stopping you from buying another is shame.

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We took a long walk around the islands and found the most stunning viewpoint. I could have stood there and gazed onto the sparkly water all day. But instead I turned into Cher…

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If I could turn back tiiiiime!

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Helsinki is a gorgeous sity, and I liked the view of it from the boat as we came back into the harbour.

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We got a good view of the Uspenski Cathedral from the boat on the way back too.

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Right on the harbour is a big market that sold everything from fruit to handbags and accessories. I went for a bag of delicious cherries. Addictive.

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I managed to stop myself from eating all the cherries, and we decided to get a spot of lunch. Brasserie Kämp (within Hotel Kämp) is an amazing place – I totally recommend it! See my review here.

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You may recognise this photo – we stopped by our local diner called Kitch and had some tapas for dinner. Read the review here!

As we do, we moved on to some drinks and a wander around the city at night.

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We decided to go somewhere market, Bubbles, and spent the night in their outdoor seating area sipping on Frozen Daiquiris. I like their roof bubbles. I do not like their prices.

It had been a very tiring day – full of exploring, sunshine and laughter. We headed back to our apartment and hit the hay, ready for another Helsinki day…

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