Visby – a cozy little town chock-full of history

Visby – a cozy little town chock-full of history

As I mentioned in a previous post, this summer we headed to Sweden and Gotland. First, we drove to Turku and hopped on the evening ferry to Stockholm. Viking Grace and Oscar á la carte offered a tasty dinner and a good night’s sleep. The 

Nothing was rotten in the state of Denmark

Nothing was rotten in the state of Denmark

I had some vacation days that I had to use before the end of April and as hubby had enough frequent flyer points to get us two return flights within the Nordic countries we decided to take a short vacation in Copenhagen, Denmark. We arrived 

Short trip to Pärnu

Short trip to Pärnu

Last week my father-in-law turned 80 and decided to ”escape the country” so that he did not have to arrange a party. The solution was to gather his five siblings and their significant others and travel to a spa in Pärnu, Estonia for six days. 

Escaping Christmas

Escaping Christmas

This year we decided to escape the Christmas hype and stress and travel somewhere warm. We chose Dubai as the weather is guaranteed to be warm, the flight time (around 7 hours direct flight) is bearable as is the time difference (+2 hours). Our flight 

St. George & Ventuno

St. George & Ventuno

This year to celebrate hubby’s birthday I booked a room at the new boutique hotel St. George that opened in Helsinki this past spring and a table at restaurant Ventuno that had opened its doors in September. The room I booked was a Sky Attic 

Road trip – Part 3

Road trip – Part 3

On Sunday, we started the morning with a nice brunch at Les Filles after which we strolled to a huge bookstore called Filigranes and I fell in love. This is the kind of bookstore I miss that we no longer have in Finland. I could 

Clarion Helsinki and “the friendly Russian” Troikka

Clarion Helsinki and “the friendly Russian” Troikka

Last weekend we finally got around to spending a night at Clarion Helsinki. The views were stunning and the heated rooftop pool was nice but other than that there was not much to impress me. They need to pay far more attention to detail for 

One night in Haven & Dinner at Eevert

One night in Haven & Dinner at Eevert

I had scored a good offer on a suite at Hotel Haven and so in early December we got to spend a luxurious night at the Helsinki Suite. The suite offered a king-size bed, 50 square meters of space, a cozy sofa and chairs, and 

Aruba – a week in paradise

Aruba – a week in paradise

In mid-October we headed to Aruba to celebrate the fact that our marriage has lasted for 20 years. We had talked about a trip to an exotic beach destination for the anniversary for some time but pinpointing a good destination with sunny and hot weather 

Bday at Haikko Manor

Bday at Haikko Manor

Hubby had his birthday in early October and I decided to pamper him with an overnight stay and dinner at Haikko Manor & Spa. This is one of those places where we return regularly for relaxing minibreaks away from the daily grind. The manor hotel