When a friend asks for recommendations on a trip they have planned, the natural thing is to search back to those feelings & sensations of the time that you visited that same place. In reliving the best parts of a holiday or journey, we find the things that made it special and we start to travel again by memory. Just that has happened a week ago, as a treasured travelling friend is planning a visit to Helsinki and asked my advice. Spurred on by the excitement I felt in recommending this glorious city, I decided to add to my musings on what makes it so very special.
At the beginning of 2016, I decided – on a caprice – that for my first journey of the year I would go to Helsinki. I was keen to see a few new countries and for some reason Helsinki leapt to mind as a great place for a 10day break. With a bit of research, I discovered that I could tick TWO ‘new country boxes’ whilst there because I could easily incorporate a mini-break to Tallinn in my allocated time. Fantastic!