Breakfast: Roots Helsinki

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Roots Helsinki

Today me and Eva started the day with a lovely vegan breakfast in Roots Helsinki in Kallio. The breakfast included tea or coffee, juice, avocado toast and raw porridge.

Have a great day!

Vaasankatu 14,
00101 Helsinki

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Day-Trip to Sintra from Lisbon

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Pena Palace in Sintra

While in Lisbon we made a day trip to Sintra, just 40 minutes away by train. Beautiful castles and majestic gardens can be found from this little paradise hidden up in the mountains. Getting to Sintra is super easy hence there are direct trains that run every 15 minutes from Lisbon’s central Rossio station.

Once we got to the old centre we bought entrance tickets to the Pena palace from the tourist info (which was a very good idea, cause the line next to the palace was so long!!). After that we took a tuk-tuk up to the mountains. The ride was shaky but we had so much fun! Our driver was so cool – this young, crazy tanned girl wearing driving gloves. Besides a tuk-tuk, you can get to the palace by buss or walking (but it is a tough one).

The Pena Palace was so beautiful – like a lego princess castle! Of course since we were visiting in August, one of the busiest seasons, it was packed of tourists. We took some photos, wandered the corridors and shared a cold coke on the terrace cafe.

We also read that when in Sintra one should try two pastries: traveisserio and queijada. We went to Piriquita in the old centre and the waiter laughed to Minna when she tried to pronounce the names of the pastries – would have not done any better myself, to be honest 😀  As the bakery was packed we went outside to sit and eat. After that we took the train back to Lisbon.

Sintra was definitely worth visiting and I feel like e we only covered a very little part of it. There’s way more castles and gardens to see, but we didn’t unfortunately have time for everything. Maybe next time 😉

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Nanushka AW 2017

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Nanushka

Imagine a suitcase filled with your most precious clothes that you bought during your favourite travels.

Each piece has a history and special memory to tell.

– Nanushka.com

Sounds like a goal; a wardrobe with unique, special pieces and rare finds that have been collected from travels.

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Autumn Day in Porvoo

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Hello from Porvoo

Today we took the buss to Porvoo to enjoy a little autumn walk and lunch there. It was very special day in fact – it didn’t rain at all! 😀 How beautiful does old Porvoo look in autumn colors?

Now netflix and some glögi (mulled wine). Hope you had a chill Sunday as well!

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Surfing in Peniche, Portugal

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Peniche, Portugal

Greetings from Peniche,

You might remember me telling that Minna really wanted to go surfing during our trip to Portugal? So that’s how we ended up staying two nights in Peniche before heading to Porto. She had found out that Peniche was one of the best places for surfing.

A buss from Lisbon to Peniche takes around 1,5 hours. Our accommodation was in Peniche (not in Baleal where the surfing actually took place). We arrived to the centre around noon and walked to our B&B. After that we headed straight to the beach for a nap. In the evening we rented bikes from our B&B and cycled to dinner, rushed through it and cycled like crazy to catch the sunset next to a lighthouse on the cliffs.

The next morning we got picked up from our accommodation by Peniche surf Camp and drove to Baleal. We had booked a surf class in advance and one day with two courses costs around 45-60 e depending of the season. Our group was called the Sardines as we were all beginners. We had a little introduction during the info course and in our group there were people from all around Europe – England, Holland, Switzerland etc. Found out that everyone else had tried surfing at least once before, but for me it was the very first time. That made me a bit nervous, would I suck at it?

We got wetsuits and boards and drove to the beach. We had a warm up and a 2 hour class before one hour brake on the beach. We had water and some snacks with us. After resting we had another 2 hour class and finished around 3pm.

After returning to the surf camp me, Minna and our new swiss friend Tamara walked to the Baleal centre for dinner but (as in Portugal usually) the restaurants didn’t open until 7. Luckily we managed to find a cafe that also served food. Afterwards we bought ciders from a store next to the camp and walked to the beach to watch the sunset.

Gosh surfing was hard. It looks so easy, but it really isn’t. I got to ride couple waves but mostly I was just falling off from the board 😀 Anyhow, it was a great experience and next time would definitely love to take a 3 or 5 day course. During one day you just start getting the hang of it and then it is already over. Also would be nice to stay at the surf camp (yeah they offer accommodation) to get the full experience. The place was just so cozy!

Unfortunately I don’t have any pics of us surfing as the teachers told us not to take anything valuable with us to the beach – so I didn’t have my camera with me. But oh well, not everything needs to be photographed, I have my memories 😉

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Victoria Victoria Beckham Fall 2017

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The playful little sister to Victoria Beckham’s sophisticated premier collection, Victoria Victoria Beckham offers chic, more casual staples. When looking at the Fall 2017 ready-to-wear collection it’s funny to think that not too long ago, figure-hugging dresses were Victoria Beckham’s calling card, don’t you think?

I am especially in love with the coat on the first pic, how comfy and warm it looks?

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Black Beret

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Beret Asos / Pins Hello Miss May / Shoes Nike / Bag Sandqvist

We got cloudy and rainy weather this weekend here in Helsinki, buu. Didn’t do anything special today to be honest, but planning a little day trip with friends for tomorrow (if the weather allows it).

Now pizza and Terrace House from Netflix (it is weirdly addictive). Have a great weekend!

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5 x Best Cinnamon Buns in Helsinki

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Cinnamon bun from Leipomo Keisari

Tadaa, today is Official Cinnamon Bun day so there’s honestly no better time to list my favourite places for a sweet treat when in Helsinki.

1. Kanniston Leipomo
This bakery is especially good for takeaway and their cinnamon bun was once voted as the best one in Helsinki by Helsingin Sanomat. There’s six bakeries in the centre, but the one in Punavuori is my favorite.

Kankurinkatu 6, 
00150 Helsinki

2. Cafe Fleuriste
This cute and small cafe in Punavuori district might give you french vibes but the cinnamon buns taste like Finland 😉

Uudenmaankatu 13,
00120 Helsinki

3. Cafe Esplanadi
Here you can get the biggest cinnamon buns ever! If you are not too hungry, share it with a friend.

Pohjoisesplanadi 37,
00100 Helsinki

4. Leipomo Keisari
Also my favorite for a takeaway bun. The cinnamon swirl is so good 😉 There’s several in the centre but the one in Kruununhaka is my favorite!

Liisankatu 18,
00170 Helsinki

5. Cafe Regatta
Cute and tiny cafe right next to the sea. The cinnamon buns taste especially good after a little hike in Seurasaari island which is not too far away.

Merikannontie 8,
00260 Helsinki

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10 x Helsinki Favorites

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Helsinki Love

When you live in a city as charming as Helsinki, it is hard to narrow your favorites to just 10 – which is a good problem I guess 😉 But decided to try and list some of my favorite places in this city right now which you should definitely check out if you are in Helsinki.

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1. Kuuma

This trendy cafe situated in even trendier Punavuori district is the perfect place to have breakfast.

Albertinkatu 6,
00150 Helsinki

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2. Suomenlinna

The island of Suomenlinna is such a great place to escape. A ferry operates throughout the year to Suomenlinna from Market Square in the centre of Helsinki and the journey takes about 15-20 minutes.

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3. Huvilakatu

You need to take a walk on the prettiest street in Helsinki. The cute pastel houses and the quiet atmosphere are just lovely!

4. Cafe Roasberg

The Carrot Cake in Cafe Roasberg is so good, I can’t describe how good it is. The central location right next to Ateneum and train station is also a big plus.

Mikonkatu 13,
00100 Helsinki

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5. Papershop

This beautiful papershop sells the cutest posters, cards and notebooks.

Fredrikinkatu 18,
00120 Helsinki

6. Löyly

On a warm summer day Löyly’s terrace is for sure the place to be. The public design sauna is located in Hernesaari occupying a stretch of beautiful Helsinki waterfront.

Hernesaarenranta 4,
00150 Helsinki

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7. Levain

Perfect breakfast spot in Punavuori. Their oven porridge with apple-rhubarb compote and maple syrup is so delicious.

Kankurinkatu 6, 
00150 Helsinki

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8. Andante

Cute cafe and flower shop that serves the yummiest chai latte and beautiful breakfast.

Fredrikinkatu 20,
00120 Helsinki

9. Johan & Nyström

One of my favourite cafes to go to, when I want to work out of office is for sure Johan & Nyström. It feels like you are in a cozy living room.

Kanavaranta 7 C,
00160 Helsinki

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10. Moko Market

Both cafe and interior store, Moko Market is one of my favorite places to have team meetings and eat lunch – and of course check their new selection 🙂

Perämiehenkatu 10,
00150 Helsinki

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