Finland

Finland was always a land we found so far away, that it held a strange fascination and allure. Every Finn we had met in Australia was as friendly as they were beautiful. We had the chance to visit Helsinki en route to a friend’s wedding in Denmark, during the middle of summer and took complete advantage of the midnight sun, achieving the impossible in less than 24 hours.

Old Market Hall, Helsinki, Finland

The Old Market Hall is top of most foodies’ list when exploring gourmet options around the Finnish capital, Helsinki. Built in 1888 Vanhakauppahalli (the Old Market Hall) has been the destination for fine foods for over 140 years. Very much like a delicatessen, smoked cheeses and dried meats, hang from hooks. Fishmongers display their wares, fresh from the waters of...

Cafe Regatta, Helsinki, Finland

The Cafe Regatta provides a welcome place to chill when walking the Helsinki’s shores en route to the Sibelius monument. It’s ten at night and in photography terms, it’s golden or magic hour. The sun has stubbornly positioned itself to emit the perfect light for photos and it’s not planning on going anywhere. Half of Helsinki is lazing in the park lands and most have...

Hakaniemi Market

The Hakaniemi Market Square is one of several traditional open air markets in Helsinki, Finland. After reading about them on blogs and seeing them on travel shows, we stopped by to see just how good the strawberries really are. We’re in Helsinki and it’s 8 a.m. after a 2 a.m. bedtime. The sun is up. Actually, it never really set, rather settling low on the horizon...