Blogging, that is. And Helsinki in the summer, though like most natives we don’t actually spend much of the summer here.
Can’t resist giving you a quick tip for a little gem of a spot, Cafe Piritta in Tokoinranta. Reopened after a serious facelift/rebuilding in 2010, its a really successful design. Surprisingly, even the inside, from the office of the risky Kaisa B works nicely (nobody so disrespectful should ever have been let loose on anything older than a cute caf orioginally from 1977!)
If you don’t like walking or haven’t got a bike you can reach it by boat from the main market square. It’s a bit out of the way of your average tourist, you see (are there any non-tourists around, by the way?). From Piritta Helsinki looks like this:
and like this:
Much live music, relaxed atmosphere and reasonable food at reasonable prices (“tuhannet kiitokset” was a bit over-the-top but really sweet coming from the bar tender – just for my having carried our own tray back!).
It’s one of those Finnish specialities, a self-service caf that serves alcohol. Last night was fifties night, with a good few ducktail haircuts to view not to mention lovely dancing.