Should I go to Porec tomorrow or hit Motovun and Hum?

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Day 13.  Finland’s Lake Tuusula

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A day I had been looking forward to, meeting up with my Finnish blogging friend Suvi, author of the lovely blog Destination Everywhere whom I first met on my visit to Finland last year. This time we planned a day out together exploring Lake Tuusula in Järvenpää, about a 30 minute drive from Helsinki. Suvi kindly came to pick me up from my base in Espoo and in warm sunshine we headed north making our first stop atAinola,the former home of the composer Jean Sibelius.

image Ainola, the former home of Jean Sibelius

To concentrate on his music, Sibelius moved to this home on a wooded slope near to Lake Tuusula in Järvenpää. The house was completed in 1904 originally as a log house in the National Romantic style then in 1911 the walls were cladded and a tiled roof was added. It was called Ainola, meaning Aino’s home…

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An Introduction to Stockholm: A First-Time Visitor’s Guide

Or…impress your friends/family/partner by being a Barcelona buff even before you land.

This is the milk

Barcelona is a city constantly toeing the line between being Spanish or European. (Yes, I’m aware that it is technically both, but stay with me.) The Spanish side being all, beers-on-beers-on-tapas-on-beers in a small, sunny plaza, and the European side nudging its elbow reminding Barç that there’s work tomorrow, and someone has to pay the tab.

When you come here you’ll experience all of the culture, food, and general attitude of Spain, but without the extreme laidbackness to the point of infuriating you can find in other areas of the country. Nevertheless, there are a few things to know before you land that will help you understand Barcelona a bit better and make your stay all the easier.

(To be clear, I am desperately, head over heels in love with this country, even when it infuriates me. But after almost eight years together we are at the point that we…

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Day 12.  Helsinki’s Boulevard & The Museum of Journalism 

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Our plan today was to explore Helsinki’s Boulevard which starts from Erottaja in central Helsinki. Strolling along this elegant avenue we admired the beautiful buildings, many of which are now high class shops, cafes, restaurants and galleries. We passed The Old Church and its garden which always seems a popular venue for young people to come, sit on the grass, and spend time with their friends.

The Alexander Theatre

Next, we paused to admire the Alexander Theatre which was constructed in 1879 for Russians living in Helsinki and was known as the Russian Theatre until 1918 when it became the home of the Finnish National Opera and Ballet. In 1993 they moved to a new building and since then it has been used for guest stage performances.

The Sinebrychoff Art Museum

Crossing the road, slightly further along we came to the Sinebrychoff Art Museum where we visited the permanent exhibition…

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Experience Authentic Cuisine in Granada & Malaga

Are you looking to experience authentic culture in the Andalucia region of southern Spain? What better way than to connect through food? Food is the lifeblood of Spanish culture and each region has its own unique dishes based on climate, tradition and local agriculture. Spain Food Sherpas is your guide to the authentic cuisine of …