Lappeenranta offered culinary delights

Lappeenranta offered culinary delights

Our summer vacation rolled around in mid-August. Our first stop on this year’s “COVID vacation” was Lappeenrata. Fortress area We started our adventure in Lappeenranta by checking into Rakuuna hotel. The hotel is located in old garrison buildings from the 1890’s. The room was huge 

Naantali – medieval churches and crappy service

Naantali – medieval churches and crappy service

On our second morning in Naantali, we decided to walk to Kailo island that is home to Moomin World. We chose to skip Moomin world and simply strolled to the seashore and back. Then we visited Naantali church that is the 2nd largest medieval church 

Naantali – beautiful old town

Naantali – beautiful old town

For the second half of our workation we spent three nights in Naantali (https://visitnaantali.com/). Mini cruise We arrived in Naantali on Thursday afternoon and checked into to our Airbnb located upstairs in a cute old wooden house from 1855. The apartment was a functional studio 

Mathildedal – cute alpacas and tasty food, part II

Mathildedal – cute alpacas and tasty food, part II

I left off at returning to our digs for some work on Monday afternoon. Terho’s pizza and more tasty cider After finishing work we headed to Village restaurant Terho to try our luck a second time with the pizzas. This time we were in luck 

Mathildedal – cute alpacas and tasty food, part I

Mathildedal – cute alpacas and tasty food, part I

Last week it was time for a change of scenery even though our vacation is not until August. On Sunday we headed to Mathildedal an old ironworks village by the sea. I had booked a small Airbnb apartment for three nights. Anttipoffi from 1852 The 

Celebrating 24 years of marriage

Celebrating 24 years of marriage

We celebrated our wedding anniversary in early June. It seems incredible to me that I have been traveling with my hubby for over 24 years – where have the years gone. New hotel by central railway station I had booked a night for us at 

Birthday celebration in Turku

Birthday celebration in Turku

This year I decided to celebrate my birthday in my old hometown Turku. This is the city where both me and hubby went to Uni and where we met and eventually fell in love and married. I also lived here for a few years as 

May Day brunch at restaurant Penny

May Day brunch at restaurant Penny

This weekend Finland celebrated “Vappu”, which is one of the four biggest holidays along with Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve, and Midsummer. The celebrations begin on the evening of April 30th and continue on May 1st. The celebration marks the beginning of summer (which weatherwise 

Another staycation: New hotel and classic restaurants

Another staycation: New hotel and classic restaurants

A couple of weeks ago it was time for another staycation in Helsinki. There is this newish hotel I was dying to test out and as it was blini season we opted for some classic restaurants. Hotel U14, a new favorite Hotel U14 that is 

Two-day minibreak in Helsinki

Two-day minibreak in Helsinki

This post has been in the making forever as my new job has kept me busy and I’ve ignored my blog. Hotel Haven never fails After Christmas, we spent two nights at our favorite hotel in Helsinki, Hotel Haven. Once again I had booked a