52 weeks in Helsinki – Week 4 Talvipuutarha

I told Tuesday, that I am going to Tallinn for three days. Spending some quality time with my grandmother was exactly what I would have needed now. Instead I got the stupid flu, and had to stay home. Like usual, the situation makes me sad, but same time I have tried to find something good from it. I finally have some time for slow cooked food (who anyway has energy to cook when they are sick) and reading a book, which has been waiting untouched since Christmas. And to be honest, it is nice to be sick when you actually have time for that. I hate missing work and school, so better get better now, and then be over with this.

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These photos I took already few weeks a go, when I visited Helsinki Winter garden first time. It was part of my 52 weeks in Helsinki “project”, and I actually visited the winter garden with a new friend, so a lot new happening that day! The place is perfect when the weather is bad, and it felt like a paradise for those few hours we spend there. There is actually another botanical garden in Helsinki, so maybe I should plan a visit there also, as I haven´t been there in years. Do you like these kind of places?

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Hope you are having a better week than me with this flu. Now back to the sofa with hot cup of tea!

xoxo,

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View from the top

These photos have been waiting in the draft box since last summer, and I thought today is finally perfect day to share these, as tomorrow I am heading to Tallinn. It has been way too long time since I have been there, and I am SO exited to see my grandmother after a long time. I absolutely love traveling and will definitely also take every opportunity there is to live abroad, but it is always hard to be far from your loved ones. Especially grandparents, as they are not anymore able to travel, so they cannot visit you when you are living far.

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With these photos I am taking you back to sunny day in Tallinn last summer. Tallinn is like a home for me, and even I have been there so many times, I still keep finding places I have not visited before. And that is something that makes the city so interesting – you never get bored there! Last summer I visited Tallinn few times, and the first time in my life I climbing to the tower of St. Olaf`s church where these photos have been taken. The view from 60 meter was breath taking, and will sure visit the tower again one day.

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St. Olaf’s church is the biggest medieval structure in Tallinn and I have always been told that in a clear weather you can see all the way to Helsinki from the top. Not so sure it is true, but who knows! The tower is almost 124 m high, but before you can see the amazing view, you need to climb 232 steps. And I can tell you, that tower is old, and not too much space in that tower, so if you have any signs of claustrophobia, this is not your place to be!

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This time I will be in Tallinn for three days, and the plan is to have no plans. I am taking camera with me, and I have few ideas where to go exploring, but let´s see. Like said, I have not seen my granny after last summer, so I want to spend time with her. But remember to follow me in Instagram, I´ll be posting to my story!

xoxo,

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One can never have too many flowers

One very ordinary thing I love in life, is cleaning home just before the weekend, and buying fresh flowers to that clean home. Flowers are easy and, not that expensive way to give that little something to your home. I have been dreaming of having that one special flower shop, where I could go and be sure, that I get not only quality flowers, but also good service. Unfortunately I have been moving so much, that this dream has stayed as a dream for a long time. But as I am now staying more permanently in Helsinki, it was time to start looking for that “special one”.

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I live quite close to the city center, and only few minutes walk away from my home there is old market hall Hakaniemen halli, and market square Hakaniemen tori. Earlier this week I was walking home, and took a shortcut across the square, which ended up being one of the best decisions this week. There was a flower stand full of beautiful flowers, and for a moment, it felt like I was in Breda again, and shopping in the market square. The man who owns the stand was super helpful, happy to share tips and helped me to choose the best flowers for my need. And the best part? Well, the prices were so much lower than in flower shops (I paid 15€ for all the flowers in these photos), and they had also flowers produced in Finland.

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I think it is important to support small local businesses, and producers. I was so happy to find this flower stand, and get extremely good service. The owner told me they are working year around, and would happily order any seasonal flowers I would need in the future. For sure only after one visit I can tell, that I have found “the special one”, and I will be recommending him to all my friends in the area. I have been so happy every day now watching these beautiful flowers, and can´t wait to go flower shopping again.

There is no such thing as too many flowers right?

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Have a lovely weekend!

xx,

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