Helsinki

August 23, 2016

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Blueberry juice. Folded linen napkins. Korvapuusti. Multi-coloured buildings. Tiny parks tucked in between streets, tram crossings and apartment blocks. Grandiose windows. The clatter of the tram. Lingonberries. Moomins in every other window. Turrets. The lurch of the boat. A crown of blue flowers. Sea air. A complete lack of advertisements, and the surprise of walking down the street without being bombarded with billboards and placards, needing a few days to place what was missing. Landscaping. Juliet balconies. Aesthetically laid out shops that were more like galleries. Wood-panelled saunas. The smell of coffee. A plethora of dogs. Small, well-behaved Finnish children: all chubby cheeks and very blonde hair. Carved spoons. The lap of the waves. Endless sunny evenings. Blue and white patterns: the cathedral, the flag, the flat, all our outfits and the endless clouds in the skies.

I have so much to share: zoos, museums, incredible vegan kebabs, a whole suitcase of souvenirs. Helsinki was perfectly charming: accessible, neat, friendly, and welcoming in a way I can’t ascribe to any other European city I’ve visited. We basked in the sunlight during the 16 hour days soaking everything in. These are just a few of the flurried memories I brought home with me.

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20 responses to “Helsinki”

  1. Natasha says:

    Beautiful photos here Laila and I love all of the different colours here – it looks so nice and relaxing! I hope you had a lovely time, especially where there are Moomins involved! πŸ˜€ – Tasha

  2. Gemma says:

    Wowww!! What a trip! Photos look amazing!

    Gemma
    http://www.fadedwindmills.com

  3. I am eager to visit Helsinki since 2007 and till now it didn’t happen πŸ™ Let’s hope for the next year! I am so glad to see it here, how lovely that you went there and came back with such a good impression! I really loved the pictures and you look lovely, very nice summery outfit!
    DenisesPlanet.com

  4. Hi Laila, a name also used in Finland, now you have visited Helsinki, but you have to see our countryside, lakes everywhere, beautiful little villages, forests, friendly, but not very talkative people, amazing gardens, fields turning yellow…and you can sit on a shore and heat nothing but wind. Welcome!

    • tapeparade says:

      Thank you! Yes, I’m so enamoured with Finland now – I’m planning a trip next year to visit some more of the villages and forests! I’d love to explore more of the country x

  5. Caitlin says:

    Awesome photos!! You’ve just added Helsinki to my must-visit list:)

  6. Gorgeous photos as ever – I really love that little top/skirt combo. Helsinki has never made it to my must-visit list but this post has definitely changed that, which is the purpose of all good travel blogging after all!

    Lis / last year’s girl x

  7. Great photos! Looks like a great place to visit. AND I am absolutely turning my car into a shark as a matter of urgency πŸ˜€ xxx

  8. Mel says:

    Superb pics Leila.

  9. Beautiful pictures. I love your skirt.

  10. I love your photos, love! They are all so pretty an colorful!! <3 cant wait to visit Helsinki too!!!

  11. Jaina says:

    Utterly fabulous photos! Really love the one of you with the ferry in the background – something about it makes it look like it could have come straight from the 80s. Awesome.

  12. Mel says:

    I’ve never thought about visiting a place such as Helsinki before, you’ve really opened my eyes to some of the stunning things to see there

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk

  13. tapeparade says:

    Aw thanks mate! I’ve got more Helsinki to share soon which features a few more photos of that church πŸ™‚

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