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Tampere, Finland: A town with a buzz

Tampere, Finland: A town with a buzz

Sometimes we run across a city that just has a very good feel. Often these are university towns, places that are not in the premier league of tourist destinations, but spots that have a decidedly laid-back and welcoming feel. Szeged in Hungary, Bergamo in Italy, and Lund in Sweden all ooze that distinct welcoming feeling. » Read more

Art in the Finnish Forest: Retretti

Art in the Finnish Forest: Retretti

Tucked away on a rocky ridge is a Finnish gem. You have a hint that Retretti is something special when the slow train to Savonlinna pauses there. This is a minor single track railway, and the unstaffed station at Retretti is as small as they come. On the platform stands an oversized sculpture, an apt » Read more

European Winter Festivals: Last Tango in Oulu

European Winter Festivals: Last Tango in Oulu

Not sure how it happened, but somehow we missed the Tango Festival in Oulu last week. Yes, we know what you are thinking. You never knew they are quite so keen on colgadas and volcadas up there in the frozen north. All those carousels must be decidedly tricky on icy ground. If you associate the » Read more

Island Magic: the Ålands

Island Magic: the Ålands

At ten o’clock this morning, as on most days during the summer, one of the sleek white Ålandstrafiken ships edges out of Galtby harbour in southwest Finland for an eleven hour cruise around the Åland Islands. This is one of Europe’s most deliciously beautiful boat journeys, as the ship picks a route through the dense » Read more

Suomi Spa Vs. Suomi Sauna

The New York Times’ “How to Enjoy A Nordic Ritual At Any Age” (Travel, March 4, 2007) focused on spa town Naantali in western Finland. The author took his family to the town in question and declared it an ideal destination for travelers with children. Maybe for young American children, but certainly not young Finnish » Read more

We Dream of Suomi

Here’s our Finland-inspired Spring 2007 wish list. 1. A floral, kimono-themed umbrella by fabric design company Marimekko. Click on that link. It’s insanely beautiful. 2. A crisp cotton frock from Ivana Helsinki, preferably patterned in birds, butterflies, ponies. Or kittens. 3. And while we’re at it, a ticket to Helsinki-Vantaa.

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