A giant Lutheran Cathedral overlooks a square near the Helsinki harbour. We had a lovely cup of tea and piece of blueberry pie at the Cafe Engel across the street, and watched people on the steps who were watching a military band parade around the square.
We also saw another parade of happy people marching less formally down Aleksanterinkatu.
Helsinki has a lot of beautiful old buildings, like these two near the Design Museum.
And modern new developments like this one at Arabianranta, an old industrial area remade into housing, a Finnish Art and Design university campus, and shopping area.
We liked the mixtures of old and new, the friendly tolerant people, the flower pots and blueberry pie in Helsinki !
Lucky Constance! I like the modern building the best, with the nice reflecting light.
She is lucky – lots of interesting buildings everywhere – Constance liked the old buildings best.
It is so wonderful having the Quimper Hittys in my life. I love to retreat to their world when the big human world gets to be too much. Welcome back from Finland! I can’t wait to hear all about your travels.
Nice to hear from you – we had a great time but are glad to be back!
Wow! Finland! I love the plants hanging in the window frame! Very clever people.
We loved that too – and are inspired to make some thing like it!
Very excited about Constance’s adventures – How fortunate she is to see such wonderful architecture and happy folks.
She is fortunate, and had a great time…Finland was a lovely place to visit in July.
I am quite fond of that window frame with hanging potted plants. Have saved that to my idea diary and will be trying to do a version of that next spring. Thank you Constance and photographer!!
You are welcome, I thought it was the cutest idea too!