A New Friend

I had my first visit to Helsinki this month.

Helsinki

Eteläsatama

Still using up those BA airmiles…

I missed out on two business visits to the city, going back to 15-20 years ago. I even flew with Finnair once, but that was from Stockholm to Manchester (long story).

I like the city a lot. The weather was unhelpful – plenty of wind and rain – but you have to accept that in September.

I got an apartment through Airbnb.

Home from Home

Home from Home

Yes, again. Yes, it was a big success – again. It’s located in the Design District making it convenient for much of downtown Helsinki. It’s also a 15 minute walk from the railway and bus stations. A tram (no 3) will get you there from the railway and bus stations as well.

I enjoyed going to see an ice hockey game – IFK v KalPa.

Autographs & Selfies

Autographs & Selfies

The match experience is a bit different in each country, as is the style of play. Walking past the 1952 Olympic Stadium to get to the arena just added something a bit extra.

En Route

En Route

The architecture of downtown Helsinki appeals to me.

Stylish

Stylish

So does the way the city has grown up around its harbours, in turn surrounded by an archipelago. I loved having Sunday lunch at the market at Eteläsatama (South Harbour) – fish on a paper plate in the autumn sunshine.

Sunday Lunch

Sunday Lunch

A long weekend (with all of Saturday spent on a day trip to Tallinn) wasn’t long enough to do the place justice. It needs a return visit. The ultimate accolade!

© iain taylor 2015

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