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New home neighborhood

We’ve lived in Helsinki for 4 months now and I just haven’t managed to post anything about our new neighborhood.  Let’s fix that! We live in Munkkiniemi which is like its own little village inside Helsinki, just few kilometers from the centrum. This place is by the sea, most of the buildings are from the 1940’s or 1950’s and you can see the influence of those years also in the gardens here.

I love wondering around this area because the houses are so beautiful, the tram number 4 comes straight from the city centrum, there are lots of nature areas and, of course, the sea. I am so much a sea person. It smells different, it feels different and calms you differently than lakes or rivers. All the gardens in this area, even how small, are perfectly designed to match the 50’s feeling. The plants like Rhododendron, Taxus and Hydrangea are so 50’s! The gardener inside me is thrilled to see garden spots that are so well thought.

These photos are from January but it actually doesn’t differ much from what the weather situation is at the moment. Only that the ice on the sea has melted.

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Munkkiniemi beach boulevard

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The front door to Alvar Aalto’s former home in Munkkiniemi.

 

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