Just got back from Finland and couldn’t wait to edit the photos and share my experience with you, because even if it was short it’s been more that amazing.

I spent few days in a lovely cottage in Nuuksio National park found through airbnb, I could not have had better time. The nature was stunning but the best part of those days were the owners of the airbnb, especially Tuula, a very strong and inspiring woman. My days were spent hiking, swimming in the lake and taking evening saunas. Tuula was alway there to help me, share a chat or a slice of blueberries pie (so delicious); we also went on hike together  and we had the chance to get know each other better.
It was hard to leave that peaceful place, I felt like I had found a friend in Tuula and I got deeply connected with the nature, a mindful and slow living finding plasue in the little things, I don’t even remember  when it was the last time the only noise  I could hear was the sound of the wind and nothing else.
As many of you following my Instagram stories asked for the address I will leave here the details, I really hope you can live the same experience and meet the lovely Tuula. The cottage is open in the summer, but check with her for availablitlies.

Tuula: tuula.tjader@jukola.com

Airbnb link: Karpalo-mökki

After my stay at the park I went to Helsinki, I really loved the city, especially the pastel colors of the buildings and a kind of architect I’ve never seen before.
Of course my stay was filled with caffeine, lots of food and endless walks.
I loved the lively arbor, the pretty elegant restaurants around Esplanadi but Kallio has been definitely my favorite hood, a bit edgy with an industrial vibe.

Here some photos taken with my camera and at the end some iphone shots.

Nukksio National Park

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Helsinki

Andante coffee shop 

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Holiday bar
Johan & Nyström , I had the best cinnamon bun there, and coffee was delicious.

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Market square 

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Helsinki cathedral

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Kaisaniemi botanic garden 

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Rupla 

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A favorite of mine ROOTS  for delicious healthy stuff

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iphone photos

Early morning flight are my favorites, there is nothing like watching the sun rising form the plane

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Most delicious porridge with berries from the woods and the famous Tuula’s blueberries pie

Hiking and swimming (for 5 seconds, due to freezing water) in the lake

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My little cottage and raspberries picked up by Tuula’s husband, so good.

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Good life coffee in Kallio

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The best poke bowl I’ve ever had at The Cock,  Johan & Nyström coffee, and russian blini at BLINIT, Russian friends what do you think of it?

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El Fant Coffee & wine bar

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More places I have no pictures but definitely worth a visit:
Kaffa Roasteryn,  Goodio Cafe
Café Esplanad
Liberty or Death, Trillby & Chadwick (the secret bar) for drinks
Pizzeria Via Tribunali
The food court at Kamppi center, some of the restaurants have stunning view and very delicious food
KUUMA for delicious breakfast

and many more I had no time to check out (sad face), this means I have to go back :-)