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Stunning views over Lisbon

Stunning views over Lisbon

Our second day in Lisbon was filled with more walking and some shopping. Funiculars and Bairro Alto After breakfast, we headed out to find the Elevador da Bica. This funicular or tram connects Largo do Calhariz to Rua de São Paulo and is one of 

Lisbon made an impression

Lisbon made an impression

I’m finally back and so is international travel. I turned 50 in late May and we’ll celebrate our 25th anniversary this week so it was time high time for a trip. After many ifs and buts and a bit of a planning rut, we chose 

Delicious food in Tallinn

Delicious food in Tallinn

We took a quick minibreak in Tallinn a couple of weeks ago. We took the ferry on Sunday afternoon, spent Monday in the city and took the ferry back home on Tuesday morning. Lovely 5 star hotel I had booked a room at a hotel 

Another Helsinki staycation and wine bar visit

Another Helsinki staycation and wine bar visit

As I’m a sucker for any type of hotel offer, I simply had to book another staycation when Scandic made an offer I couldn’t refuse. So the weekend before Valentine’s day we headed back to Scandic Grand Central Helsinki for a one-night stay. Fast lane 

Christmas in Lapland – part III

Christmas in Lapland – part III

Our prediction for Sunday was spot on and the gondola and slopes were open. Last day skiing On Sunday we got to explore a few more slopes we could reach with the gondola. The visibility at the top was not the best but the slopes 

Christmas in Lapland – part II

Christmas in Lapland – part II

The next day was Christmas Eve which is when Finns typically celebrate Christmas. We didn’t really have any plans to celebrate Christmas except eat some Christmassy foods in the evening. Short day of skiing On Friday there were high side winds so the gondola was 

Christmas in Lapland – part I

Christmas in Lapland – part I

This blog has been dead for months as I’ve been in a COVID funk and not felt like writing on anything travel related. Somehow not having any hope or indication of when I might be able to travel again has put me in a rut. 

Hubby’s birthday dinner at Kuusi Palaa

Hubby’s birthday dinner at Kuusi Palaa

Hubby had his birthday on Monday and instead of a present, I booked a hotel and dinner for us. It almost felt like an extended weekend even though I did some work on Monday morning before heading to the hotel. Renovated hotel Marski The Scandic 

Olavinlinna castle and crepe café

Olavinlinna castle and crepe café

On our last day in Savonlinna, we started the day by touring Olavinlinna castle. We also walked to Sulosaari island that houses the Kalliolinna crepe café. Before dinner, we took a cruise around the city. 15th-century three-tower castle Olavinlinna is a 15th-century castle built on 

Rainy day and ring seal safari

Rainy day and ring seal safari

A shorter post on one of our main activities while in Savonlinna. Thursday kicked off with breakfast that was served at Lossiranta Lodge. The breakfast rooms were unique and cozy and breakfast was nice. Kerimäki Church After breakfast we drove to Kerimäki Church. This church