Finland

Suomenlinna’s toy fantasy world and its dream chocolate cake

The group of islands that form Suomenlinna Fortress is one of Helsinki’s most popular destinations. Suomenlinna is easily accessible by ferry from Helsinki harbor, and the ride takes less than 15 minutes. In addition to being enlisted in UNESCO’s World Heritage List as a unique monument of military architecture, there are two other good reasons for visiting.

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Listening to the silence

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Midsummer Festival, Seurasaari, Helsinki, Finland

Midsummer nostalgia in Helsinki’s Seurasaari

I’m going to be honest with you. I love Finland. I love Finns, Finnish nature, Finnish culture, and to some extend, Finnish food too. What I am not particularly fond of is Finnish Midsummer (Summer Solstice). The fact that someone purposedly travels to a mosquito-infested area, just to experience a “traditional midsummer” in the countryside, remains another inexplicable finnish mystery to me.  And it is not only the mosquitoes that put me off. The weather in June has this tendency of being on the cool side. And this year, the tendency is far too obvious.

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