May 04, 2019 | Written by Patricia Murphy

First Stop: Helsinki

Helsinki is always a treat–though I have only been there in summer. This trip we arrived on May 4 and it was snowing and chilly. So I can only imagine what it must be like in really bad weather. Helsinki proper has a population of about 650,000 people, which is about the size of Portland, OR, and I would argue that there are some similarities. There is a nice laid back vibe. People eat well. People make art. People speak very good English.

We only had two nights in town this time so we made the best of it! Our dinner at Juuri was delicious and so much fun! What a great way to start the trip of a million calories. Europe called–there’s no more food left!

We also enjoyed buying art at The Association of Finnish Printmakers. We spent about two hours studying all of the artists! Such wonderful work being done. We also enjoyed dips in and out of the sea/sauna at Allas Sea Pool. The Finnish sauna is a must do!