Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Countdown to Finland

In a month's time I shall be heading off to Finland for 6 days, and the excitement is already pretty high. I picked up two guidebooks that i'd reserved at the library today and sat flicking through them whilst eating a lovely shortbread and cherry cookie in the sunshine. In keeping with my desire to make lists all the time I am trying to come up with a list of places to go/people to see whilst i'm over there, this is what i've got so far:

Moomins (the main reason for going is a life long love of Moomins):



Niina (aka Andy eats only candy) made these recommendations for the three towns I shall be visiting:


HELSINKI

In Helsinki there are many little shops and art galleries,this is the best site to explore:
http://www.designkortteli.fi/design_district

There is also Moomin shop in Helsinki in this address : Kämp Gallery, Pohjoisesplanadi 33

I also recommend to visit Kiasma contemporary art museum and the little shop.It's about few minutes walking from railwaystation so it's very easy to find.

There is nice bohemian/designers cafe's in "Kallio" which is a part of Helsinki.I haven't yet visited any but I have heard that there are lovely cafes there! It's very easy to walk or go by metro or tram to Kallio.

TAMPERE

In Tampere there are Moomin museum with original Tove Jansson art work (I think that you may have knew this already :))

Forget-me-Not Vintage/design/recycled clothing boutique.

And this is very nice cafe Cafe Europa

TURKU

About Turku I don't know so much but I know that there is a little art gallery/design shop called B-Butik

Kaija (Paperiaarre) lives in one of the towns I shall be visiting so i'm hoping we are able to meet up for a little longer than we did last time, when she paid a flying visit to me at the Bust Craftacular along with Karen.

If you have any suggestions, or know of any great blogs from Finland let me know, and I promise i'll send you a postcard!

3 comments:

claire-elizabeth said...

ohmygod! finland will be so much fun! i hope you take many pictures and share them!

Kitsch and Curious Elaine said...

Wow, I'm so jealous! I would love to go to Finland. Like you, my main interest comes from Moomins, but I keep finding out cool stuff about the place. A couple of my Flickr contacts live in Tampere, and it looks like an interesting place.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hannhell/

lisa s said...

wow! how super duper exciting!!!! i know nothing about finland, but would love to learn. can't wait to see what you post about your trip!