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Best Flower Plantations in Helsinki.

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One thing that has continuously been delighting me whenever I’ve made my way across the centre of Helsinki to the Central Railway Station, is the excellence of the flower plantations of La Famiglia Restaurant. Just look at all the gorgeous colour combinations, heights and textures!

This whole rant may sound a bit silly, but seriously, as a highly visual person (and as someone who has been working in gardening) I argue that details such as flowers are a key ingredient to the successfulness of a business. Who would want to enter into a restaurant with last-years plants dried out in the spring sun? It kinda gives you the first impression of how good your staff is willing to serve your appetite and thirst.

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After I approached La Famiglia about my admiration for their flower pots, the restaurant kindly enough offered me to stay for a fresh cup of coffee! Unfortunately for me, I had to enjoy my coffee black (as my soul…) since they didn’t have any plant milk in their selection. However, I checked the menu and they actually do have a couple of vegan options in their list.

 

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There is nothing like a fresh cup of joe – even on a hot early summer day!

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The famous Finnish clothing brand Marimekko is located in the other corner. I believe I guided a friendly American couple to the same store the other day when I was walking home from university.

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The restaurant is located on the opposite side of Stockmann Helsinki where street musicians often come to play for a small tip in the jar! If you get lucky (and often times even in the winter you do), you may enjoy a delicious drink and/or meal in the terrace area and enjoy excellent music being played right next to you for free! Although I’d suggest giving a small donation to the artist, anyway…

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For a local in a hurry, an employee on a coffee break or a tourist spending a lovely summer day in Helsinki, I’d highly advise you to try our the terrace of La Famiglia Helsinki!

Yours,

Miah

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Stockholm Metro System.

When I first flew off from my parent’s nest, I was 18 years old, and city as a living environment was completely new to me. I had grown up in the middle of the typical Southern Finnish countryside – fields on one side and forests on the other side of our old country house.

After successfully finishing high school I threw myself into the biggest town in Finland (which nowadays honestly doesn’t even feel that big to me). It was what I truly wanted – though I had no idea how to work anything! Back in the days I didn’t even have a smart phone nor internet connection to help me step by step how to navigate around.

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Metro was the first form of public transportation I learned to use in order to get around. It’s probably the reason why I still absolutely love the metro system in any given city as the primary mean of travelling.

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That’s also why I wanted to shed some light into the metro system of Stockholm for those out there that are still too shy to use the public transportation and will rather save up enough money for taxis. Seriously, there is no need – especially in an expensive country such as Sweden where even a single ticket costs almost four and a half euros… Jeez! The full day ticket cost something around 12,50 euros when I bought it beforehand from the info desk of the boat. Okay, it’s not from the cheapest end but at least it is convenient and fast!

The closest metro station to the main port of Stockholm, Värtahamnen, is called “Gärdet”. You may very easily recognize the Swedish metro from the blue T-sign (standing for “tunnelbana”) anywhere where the metro line is going, of course!

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The “T-Center” (T-Centralen in Swedish) is the largest connecting station where you may easily switch from one line to another. Trust me, the distances between the stations are nothing compared with the Russian ones…

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The different lines are colour-coded (just like in any other big city metro) and basically run only two ways that are named by the final stop. So unless there is a major construction taking place, you simply cannot get super lost (at least if you pay any attention to your whereabouts).

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Other cruise travellers waiting for the next one to arrive!

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Above some cool metro tunnel art! And below a quick pic of the insides of the vagon.

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This was it for this time! Have nice travels – wherever they may be taking place! I’d love to hear your questions and comments below… Stay tuned for the next post on the ‘cruise series’ since after this we move on to talk about Tallinn! (I wonder if I am able to finish these posts before the end of this month…)

Yours,

Miah