Last summer I wanted to discover a new uncommon place to spend my last days of holidays.
So I thought of visiting a friend who always wanted me to visit her home country, but I was too afraid of the very cold weather, so I thought summer would be a good time to go and discover Finland.
I arrived in mid August in Helsinki airport and took an Uber to the city where she lives; Porvoo.
The city is very special as it’s not coastal town, yet it is connected to the gulf of Finland by Porvoonjoki that flows throughout the city.
Walking in the middle of the old town of the city where around 700 live felt like walking in a museum, it’s crazy how after many years still the city kept its traditional shape right down to the cobbllestone streets.
Porvoo is known for the famous interior design of its cafés and restaurants. some of her friends came often to the city just to enjoy the antique and romantic style of the restaurants.
The old railway station is a very beautiful combination of both the old and new side of the city. The old buildingsare today used for art galleries and summer cafés.
I also remember visiting the warehouse beside the old railway, where I was able to buy a lot of gifts for my friends and family, I found beautiful local handicrafts and had the chance to try local organic food and pastries
One place that was very memorable for me was the old town hall square which is at the heart of the city. Locals take advantage of this place by catching up with each other in the market café. According to my friend, the selection of products differs depending on the season.
Signed by: @Emily Daniel
A wanderlust mom of 2, love travelling around the world with my kids! I believe that the fun in travel is being lost