52 weeks in Helsinki – week 6

I absolutely LOVE Helsinki, and I am super happy to call Helsinki my home. I moved to Helsinki first time last summer, and just when I started to enjoy the city and get exited about everything amazing there is, I moved to the Netherlands. So when I moved back to Finland, it was clear to me, that Helsinki is where I want to stay for now. Because Helsinki offers so many nice things, and I don´t want to miss most of it with my crazy timetables, I decided, that in order to experience Helsinki as many ways as possible, I will do every week something new in Helsinki. And from there the idea was born: 52 weeks in Helsinki.

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My original plan was to start sharing every week what is the new thing I have done, but like I told you last week, the timetable has not been very favorable for blogging. However, I think it is better to start now than never, so we are jumping to week 6 (last week) and probably I am sharing some of the things I did the weeks before, as I have been carrying my camera with me all the time lately. And what are the new things I am planning to experience in Helsinki? Well, it can a museum, bar, shop, park, event, cafe, activity or basically anything I have not experience before. I have a long list already, and it is getting longer every week, as I spot new interesting things around me.

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Last week I ended up doing actually two new things; visiting Bar no. 9 (food is delicious, go there!), and walking on the frozen Baltic sea. I took the tram from my home to Arabianranta, and for few hours just walked around on the frozen sea, made some photos and enjoyed the silence. It is funny how you can be so close to the city, and same time feel so far away. The winter in Helsinki is truly amazing, as the Baltic sea is frozen in many parts, and you can take a walk on the ice. It is possible in many different parts of Helsinki, but just be careful and don´t walk on the ice if you are not 100% sure it to be safe. If you don´t see anyone else there, maybe better choose another spot.

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I arrived to Arabianranta just before the sunset, and the view from the sea to the city was so beautiful. From Arabianranta you can easily walk to Lammassaari and experience the beautiful duckboards. In the winter it has its own magic, but the duckboards are my favorite in the summer time.

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I hope the winter weather could stay just a little longer, and I could go again for a walk on the frozen sea. There was a lot people enjoying the sunny afternoon last week, and especially people with dogs seems to enjoy the extra walking area the sea is offering now. I even managed to play a little paparazzi when one lady was making photos of her super cute doggie. I wish I could have a dog also, but my allergies are not thinking the same sadly.

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Have you been walking on the frozen sea? And do you have any Helsinki tips for me?

xoxo,

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Escape from the city

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Helsinki is amazing summer city, and what many people tend to forget, is the beautiful archipelago with 315 green islands. Yeas, 315 islands around the capital city, isn’t that amazing? For sure the most famous of the islands is one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites Suomenlinna. It has been my favorite also for many years, but this year I have found new favorite – Vallisaari. Vallisaari, and Kuninkaansaari next to it, was opened to public this spring, and offers the visitors history and beautiful nature just 20 minutes away from the city center of Helsinki. I did a day trip few weeks a go to the island with my brother, and it has been definitely one of the most amazing places I have visited this summer. Here is a photo diary from our little escape from the city, enjoy!

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This is a small pond in Vallisaari. When looking to this scenery you totally forgot you are in a island middle of the sea.

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Vallisaari has served as a military base, and you can find many old buildings related to it around the island.

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In July 1937 there was a huge explosion accident in the island. Before opening the island to public it was carefully checked, but still some parts of the island may have explosives in the ground. For this reason the areas you are allowed to visit are clearly marked. I love how they have used for this thick ropes with sailor-minded design and not some metallic things to ruin the scenery.

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Nature in Vallisaari was so amazing and diverse. Some parts are so lush green, where as some parts are more barren.

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Amazing details every where – I just love everything old and rusty.

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Suomenlinna island is so close to Vallisaari that you can clearly see it. It was nice to see Suomenlinna from new direction, as usually you only see it from the other site.

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The history is present in so many details around the island. This metallic door was full of engravings. Look at the date – Jaavo Lehto 25.05.1924, amazing!

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The island has many places for you to have picnic and enjoy your brake. If you forgot to take your own food with you, there is nice small waffle bar Vallisaaren vohvelibaari, where you can enjoy salty and sweet waffles, or example these super refreshing organic lemonades. The only thing I was dissatisfied with the bar was their pricing – you should pay 12€ for waffles and these bottles cost 4€ each. I understand it is the only place open there and I like to support small local companies, but still the prices were way too high.

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From Vallisaari you can go to Kuninkaansaari, which is smaller island next to it. There was nice small beach in the other side of the island where many families were enjoying the sunny day and warm water. But definitely Vallisaari is the place to see and if you are in a hurry, then choose to skip Kuninkaansaari and not the main island Vallisaari.

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That`s my little brother ❤

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 You can go to Vallisaari with a small ferry, like the one in the photo. It takes only 20 minutes and you see during the trip Helsinki from the sea, so it is already something beautiful to see. The ferry compnay also offers Island hopping package which then jbcludes three islands with one ticket – Vallisaari, Suomenlinna and Lonna. If you end up doing that, remember to have good shoes on and a lot water and food with you, that trip will take all day.

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Have you already visited Vallisaari? And if not, please make a small escape from the city and visit this amazing place!

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Details of this travel tip

Vallisaari 
Waterbus from Kauppatori daily till 4th of September – tickets 7€

Timetable JT-line

 

Broken relationships

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In the beginning of this year I experienced heart braking brake up. The man who I though is the love of my life turned out to be everything else than the man I though he was. The brake up was not clean and easy, it was heavy, long and hurtful. It was one of the most painful things in my life, and I never expected things to go the way they did. Now our story is nothing more than a broken relationship and a collection of memories which I hope would not exists. That is how badly I got hurt. But now, half a year later, I am happy it went that way, and life has been to me very amazing.

Because I feel I am finally long way in the better side of the brake up, earlier this week I finally felt that I was ready to visit Museum of Broken relationships. It may sound strange to you, but for someone who has “fresh” broken relationship, it is not easy to go and experience this exhibition, and read all the heart braking stories. I am happy I went there, made me feel I am not alone here with this experience. And somehow I also felt after the visit that things could have gone even more bad, so I am in the end little lucky I guess.

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Museum of broken relationship is internationally toured exhibition build around failed relationships and donated personal belongings from those broken relationships. The permanent exhibition of Museum of Broken Relationships is in Zagreb Croatia and was conceptualized by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in 2010. The exhibition has travelled around the world and first time arrived to Scandinavia this may, when Helsinki city museum opened the exhibition. You can etrance the museum for free, all the stories are also in English and the exhibition is here until 11.09.16, so you still have time to make a visit.

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The museum has more than 80 stories to tell about broken relationships, and each story is in its own way so beautiful. It gives so much to think and you learn in a short time how each relationship in this world is unique. And it is not only about stories from traditional “girlfriend-boyfriend” relationships, but also example broken relationships between family members, and endings because of death. There are so many different kind of relationships in this world, and each of them is a story. Small or big. When you enter to the museum you can borrow the book, read all the stories and then in the end you can decide if you want to leave the stories there, or take them with you with 5€. I left them there, as I think it is where they should be. Among people who needs to know these stories.

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The belongings in the museum vary from wedding dress to poster, and everything between. It is amazing to realize how each relationship has something that reminds the people in it about something so special, that nobody else can understand. And it is part of the magic of relationships I think, to have something only you two can understand. There was so many stories send to the museum that they could not take all of them to the exhibition, so you can read more stories from internet and also send your story there.

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This film canister and the story behind it was one of the most heard braking to me. The story is so beautiful, so sad..if you have no time for all the stories in the museum, just go and read at least this one.

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Not all the stories are presented same way and like said, all belongings are different. This painting and the story was presented nicely, don`t miss it, it is not easy to spot.

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A spectrum of a star – this story was so beautiful because it shows once again how thoughtful people are when in love.

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The museum does not have a traditional visitors` book – they have a book where you can write your brake up story. I almost felt to sit down, write and leave my brake up there. I was afraid to cry, would have needed a friend to sit next to me.

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City museum of Helsinki is beautiful, and I spotted so many nice details. Spend little time just wandering and watching. There is interesting design and interior choices. A lot details I could copy to my next home. And for sure a lot for children to do, so family friendly museum.

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I especially loved the colors and material choices in the museum – a lot soft tones and amazing color combinations.

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Today it is chilly, cloudy and little rainy, a perfect day for a museum visit maybe?

 

xoxo,

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Details of this travel tip

Museum of broken relationships 
City museum Helsinki / Helsingin kaupunginmuseo  (Aleksanterinkatu 16)
Mon – Fri 11:00 – 19:00, Sat – Sun 11:00 – 17.00