Embarassed to admit. Only this summer I discovered this wonderful haven, a Finnish coastal town called Loviisa! It takes only one hour to get there from Helsinki but somehow I have managed to avoid this lovely pearl. I had my friend Hanna as a guide as she has a summer cottage in the area. We set this spontaneous meeting in the harbor of the town. Our program included eating, swimming and sun. Once again I realized that one really doesn’t have to travel far in order to feel on a holiday. Very recommended!
The lunch in Cafe Saltbodan in the harbor was good (pike-perch and summer potatoes) although it didn’t fill our starving stomachs. In the upper picture you will see the portion (and me – thanks Uzi for picking that one :)) www.saltbodan.fi On our way to our next destination we found this beautiful fairy garden where one try how it feels to be a fairy for a moment. A journey to my childhood!
What a place! Don’t miss this beautiful cafe in a wooden house called Liisantalo: a charming, sunny yard, loose leaf tea in a Chinese pot and the best rhubarb pie ever. And everything accompanied by warm hearted and friendly service. www.liisantalo.fi
And on the top of it, what could be better on a hot day than a plunge into the cool water. These nice changing rooms decorate the beach in Loviisa. They are – unfortunately – locked and there is a modern, big changing room with bathrooms and a shower instead. But had to take a picture anyway!