Into the blue

I left off my last post before we went for our dinner on Saturday night. Before we left the UK we decided, as actual grown up adults who worked hard for our trip, we should save some money and go somewhere a little fancy one night. I own many books on the what and where to eat, and one restaurant they all pointed to was OLO. Their website describes the experience as a ‘gastronomic journey’ which is quite right; it’s all about the best ingredients and clean, modern flavors. We opted for the shorter tasting menu, The Path, which comprised of several rounds of ‘nibbles’, five courses (one of which included grated frozen salmon!!), two deserts and tea with after dinner treats. What I haven’t mentioned was the Michelin star; an attribute you’d assume would rack up an expensive bill. However, for all the food we paid just 59 € (£46!!) including wine, water and a few extras we both paid just under £70 which for Scandinavian Michelin star restaurant is more than reasonable in my eyes!!

After our late Friday night out in Kallio we needed an early night after dinner, ready for Sunday.

We were both unsure what would be open on the Sunday so headed down to the harbor side with the idea of hopping on a boat tour around the archipelago. To our surprise there was a brilliant market on the waterside - crafts, flowers, souvenirs and food. I bought some amazing wooden crafts (who doesn’t need wooden crafts!) and we had a fantastic lunch of salmon and reindeer, real cooking by the wonderful girls at Café Emma – the cheapest and by far best looking food by the water.

What I haven’t mentioned was the amazing transport across Helsinki; we paid just 20€ for a four day pass. It is a system based on trust, as the Finnish are actively opposed to skipping payment, there are no gates and a minimal presence of guards or inspectors. When you pay it includes buses (airport transfers!), trams, metro and to our delight the boats! We merrily skipped onto the public ferry for a dreamy trip over to Suomenlinna. The Island chain is a sea fortress built over six islands and a UNESCO World Heritage site; we lay on the docks, mooched around the boat yards and took in the fresh sea air for a few hours until hunger beckoned. Our last full afternoon was spent eating ice cream, visiting the incredible cathedral and buying fresh food for dinner at the flat.

Trips like these, without itinerary, strict timings or organized venues, make for a very easy life. It was the perfect four days of learning and eating – my two favourite pastimes.

Our final morning was spent nipping in and out of vintage stores in the rain (I picked up some amazing cook wear) and brunching at the award winning Sandro; a real must if you like African food. The style is ‘Modern African fusion’ featuring raw organic food and exquisite vegetarian dishes and it’s located in the Kallio area.

That’s all I have to tell you on my trip. I couldn’t recommend a city like Helsinki more for a fun quick trip to Europe. I’ll be going on a few more European adventures this next year including InterRailing in the spring. If any of you have any recommendations please let me know on Twitter or here.

Until tomorrow, when I have the great apartment reveal!

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