To get inspiration and to relax we need to get away for few days time to time - when you see the undone around you, it is hard at home. So we often combine the holiday with some industrial espionage and visit others doing the same that we dream of... So here's our report from the latest get-away...
We love to visit cafés and find good vegetarian restaurants with that little extra something. In Halikko there was this charming lunch café. The buildings had belonged to an old noble family and used for horses and storage. We tasted Isontuvan jäätelö -ice cream made at a local farm of their own milk. http://www.isontuvanjaatelo.fi/
A bit north before Helsinki was the home of the architect group Gesellius-Lindgren-Saarinen who in 1901 had begun to build a castle-like-house in jugend style, Hvitträsk. An amazing place and stories of their family and professional life here in Finland and later in America. http://www.nba.fi/en/museums/hvittrask
Then, first time since a young student back in Porvoo... We had two wonderful days wandering the old town lanes, visited the home of our national poet Runeberg - writer of our national song - and stayed in a lovely pop-up B&B.
Is it so that when you are odd and open yourself you are lucky to meet others like you? We did! A lot of wonderful, special people on our trip to Porvoo area.
|100 years sintce the born of Tove Jansson, Moomin-Mum!|
|Old railway station store with old books, art and a small cafe..|
|At Runeberg's garden|
|Coffee at the Lotta Svärd museum centre by Tuusula Lake - tasted the favourites of the war time...|
|Home of Pekka Halonen|
Many of our golden age painters, writers and composers built their homes in national romantic style there to live near the nature and be inspired. We were especially inspired by the sauna of Ainola..
Jean Sibelius and his family lived in Ainola, named by his wife Aino...
|We learnt that Sibelius saw music in colours.|
|Back at home...|
|with the souveniers and new inpiration!|