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Day 87

A day around Helsinki

semi-overcast

This morning our niece and her husband picked us up and we toured their home city of Espoo and Helsinki.

Lunch time found us at Haltia, The Finnish Nature Centre, which is on the west side of Espoo. We had an excellent buffet lunch and were able to get a table on the deck to enjoy our dessert and coffee (for Reta, water for Art).

After lunch we toured the nature centre. Construction started in 2011 and was completed in about 18 months. We could not find the date that the exhibits opened. This is a relatively new centre. The exhibits were all very interesting and very well done. We enjoyed the displays and even crawled into a bear's den.
View from Haltia, The Finnish Nature Centre

View from Haltia, The Finnish Nature Centre

We had not been able to get a good photo of typical Finnish fences so we were happy to find one at the centre.
Example of typical fence in Finland

Example of typical fence in Finland

There was also an excellent exhibition of nature photos done by 60 women from Sweden, Norway and Finland.

Art noticed that the exit area had a display of hiking boots strung from the ceiling. His comment was "Isn't that a kick in the head". So Reta took a picture of him but he said he was really too short for the picture to be effective.

Hiking shoes decoration at nature centre

Hiking shoes decoration at nature centre

There is also a tower that gives you a good view of the surrounding nature. There are also many interesting hikes that can be taken from the nature centre.

We then moved on to a tour of Helsinki and a stop for a drink at the top of the tower on the Hotel Torni. We enjoyed our drink with views of the city and surroundings. Reta left her camera in the car, oops, so, sorry, no photos from the top of the tower.

We continued our tour past some beautiful old homes, the harbour and back to our apartment.

We had a good day with our niece and her husband and very much appreciate all the things they shared with us.

Posted by A-RPoulton 12:23 Archived in Finland

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