12 hours before I boarded my flight to Marrakech for the start of my Morocco trip, I was still packing. For some reason, despite visiting the country three times before, Morocco drew a massive blank as to what clothes to take and what items might be useful. I knew it wasn’t a place to be gallivanting around in hot pants, but forecasts were suggesting highs of 30 degrees. Erring on the side of caution, I massively over-packed, zipped up my case, and dosed off for a precious two hours.
Find out what it’s really like to visit Helsinki in Finland.
A very grand overnight cruise transported our Busabout group from Stockholm to Helsinki. 41 EUR gained us a two-hour feast in the Grand Buffet (including wine). We gorged on everything from smoked salmon, to roast beef to chocolate mousse! Delicious! After dinner, we checked out the on-board entertainment, before dancing the night away in the nightclub!
Check out Part 2 of the video of my Scandi-Baltic Adventure now, and scroll down to read all about my time in Helsinki.
On arrival in Helsinki there were a few sore heads, but with little over 24 hours there, we were all keen to explore the city.
Being so fond of Stockholm, I expected to love Helsinki too, but it had a very different vibe. As most of the city burned down in 1801, it was redesigned from scratch in a Neo-Classical style – full of big boulevards and grand buildings.
One of my favourite discoveries was Signora Delizia – a cute Italian café in Katajanokka, just around the corner from Moomin creator Tove Jansson’s childhood home. It used to be a tobacco store, and was full of quirky charm, plus the coffee was excellent.