A weekend in Vääksy

A weekend in Vääksy

Last Friday we took a weekend trip to Vääksy. Exploring the village We arrived on Friday afternoon and checked in at Vääksyn Apteekinmajoitus. The B&B is located in the old village pharmacy and decorated in a nice old-timey style. The room was spacious and functional. 

Sightseeing in Lisbon on a hop-on-hop-off bus

Sightseeing in Lisbon on a hop-on-hop-off bus

On our last day in Lisbon we opted for an activity I enjoy in almost any city. We took a couple of hop-on-hop-off bus tours. Belém Line First, we took the Belém line through the main avenues and the city center to Belém. We hopped 

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 

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 

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 

Imatra and Savonlinna

Imatra and Savonlinna

After leaving Lappeenranta we headed towards Savonlinna for the second leg of our vacation. On the way, we made a few stops to kill time. Imatran Valtionhotelli and rapids We first stopped at Imatran Valtionhotelli hotel. The hotel is a castle-like building in the national 

Museums and Lappeenranta’s favorite street food

Museums and Lappeenranta’s favorite street food

On our second day in Lappeenranta we decided to visit a couple of museums. The first one was the Wolkoff House Museum. The house is one of the oldest wooden houses remaining in Lappeenranta built in 1826-1905. The house was the home of the Russian