Visiting Suomenlinna Sea Fortress

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

On Monday, we finally visited one of the most famous attraction in Helsinki- Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. I do not know why it took me three years before I could come here. Oh well, it's worth the wait I think! We do not always visit Helsinki as we live far from the city. But on Monday while the kids spent the day at Linnanmäki hubby and I decided to spend the day in Suomenlinna and spend time at the Esplanadi park later, just relaxing while eating ice cream. It was so sunny and I couldn't not ask for any better weather that day.

Suomenlinna sea fortress is a culture treasure founded on 1748, located off the cost of Helsinki. It was constructed in the 1700s when Finland was part of the kingdom of Sweden. Suomenlinna was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991. 

How To Get There:

Suomenlinna is only accessible by water. It takes about 15-20 minutes ferry ride to the island. The ferry departs from the Market Square every other 20-30 minutes. You can purchase the ticket directly there. 

1. Ferry
2. Water bus, Suomenlinna center quay
3. Water buss, King's gate quay

How Much Does It Cost:

It costs 7euro per person. Child are free depending on the age.
What To Do There:


Visit Museum- there are actually 6 museums in Suomelinna.
Shopping- there are few shopping center in the island. 
Dining- few restaurants are operating in the island. 
Visit The Art Gallery
Picnic- Suomenlinna is one of the best place to have family and friends picnic. You can bring your food there and stay in shade and picnic area while enjoying the sunny weather. 
Swimming At The Beach- I was amazed to see the little beach in Suomenlinna. I was so surprised because I didn't know at first. It was a nice place to swim and sunbathing. 

Suomenlinna Attractions:

1. Suomenlinna Church-
Suomenlinna church was built in 1854 as a Russian Orthodox garrison church. In the 1920s during the days of Finnish independents the church was converted into an Evangelical-Lutheran church.

2. The Courtyard, tomb of Augustine Ehrensvärd-
The courtyard has serve as the main square of the fortress since the 1760s. It was designed by Augustin Ehrensvärd.

3. Dry Dock-
Suomenlinna Docks is one of the world's oldest dry docks still in use. 

4. The Earthworks and guns of Kustaanmiekka-
Kustaanmiekka offers a view of original bastion fortress and the coastal defense line with its earthworks and guns constructed by the Russian at the end of the 19th century. 

5. The King's Gate-
It was built in 1753- 54 as the ceremonial gateway to the fortress. It is also known as the emblem of the Suomenlinna. 

The view from the top of the island was amazing. You can see Helsinki city from there. Didn't know they have small beach there also where you can swim and sunbathe. So many people went swimming and enjoying the summer.

We were planning to come there again someday maybe go swimming or having picnic at the park. We really enjoyed our visit and it was worth the effort walking around on a hot day!

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

"A portraits of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Babygirl, we went to the city center this afternoon. After we ate ice cream we took few photos of the big buildings. When  I asked you to stand and pose for me you did this. It was nice to see you happy while running around and stand still while I snapped photos. 

You have been so talkative lately. You also showed more interests in dancing and singing. However, you love to spend outside now than playing inside the house. The berries are now ready to eat and as always you stayed there all the time to pick and eat berries. We walked and ride a bike almost every afternoon. You skipped nap time these days, but it's okay. The weather is really nice and we all enjoyed it every single day. 

Travel Diaries: Stockholm, Sweden

Friday, July 18, 2014

Almost two weeks ago, our little family had a cruise trip to Stockholm. It was the first time that we all have travelled together outside the country with the older kids. The main reason for the trip was for me to meet my best friend who's that time came to Sweden for a short vacation. I asked her a favor if she can bring something for my family in the Philippines. She agreed so we made the trip the same time they were there.

It was a perfect timing because hubby had currently enjoying his three-week summer vacation. So, we thought we could bring the big kids with us if they want, as well. They said yes, so we all went there. 

It was just a cruise trip, so we don't really stay in Sweden for nights. We only had 4-5 hours to explore the city which was just right. We walked through old streets, through those old and high buildings. We visited the King's Castle, Nobel museum, the harbor, the shopping streets, and many more. We dined at Italian restaurant and all enjoyed pizza and spaghetti. Yes, nothings really special  for our lunch, you know!

The weather was great and it feels really summery on that day. Thankfully, it didn't rain. The sun was shining brightly. My best friend and I did a lot of catching up. Talking whatever we could think to talk about. The last time we saw each other was last year, during our family vacation in the Philippines. We never talk often every day as she live in Asia and time is different. But every time we meet again, it seems that everything's just the same. We are the same young best pals we have known back in college. 

Here are some of the photos I took at Stockholm, Sweden. Excuse for the blurry photos. They were all taken with an iPhone 5s. 

Lastly, you may want to check our Stockholm visit in 2012 and 2013. Read it here and here

Where did you spent your summer vacation this year?