We both behaved ourselves really well.
We didn't argue or bicker even a tiny bit.
We did not ONLY talk about the kids.
The kids did NOT call or text us every hour. Only a few times actually!
The Hotel was superb. The food excellent.
For some random reason the hotel restaurant did not charge me for my expensive dinner I had there Friday night.
Have no clue why. My item was on the bill, with 0.00 next to it.
Fine with me!!
Helsinki treated us to beautiful fall weather on Saturday, so we enjoyed the day down-town, mostly walking around, people watching, talking... Very, very enjoyable.
I bought a few things but nothing too exciting.
Let's just say Finns are not good with clearence racks.
And my wallet is not good with full priced items.
Instead we enjoyed a lot of food... A huge sandwich that we shared for lunch, follwed by a stop at "Ben and Jerry's". Later we had a cozy dinner at a French-style place.
My cousin and his wife met us there, and we all enjoyed a tasty meal.
Back at the hotel we relaxed with a sauna and swim before calling it a day.
|On my way to the Hotel restaurant.|
A tunnel connects the different buildings!
|We took the tram to down-town|
|A decent size sandwich!|
Compare to Hubby's hand...
|A church, Kamppi Chapel, in the center of Helsinki, |
very beautiful made out of alder and other woods.
The church was built to create a quiet space
in the middle of one of the busiest parts of the city.
Sunday woke us up with rain. A really dreary and gray fall morning.
I am not ready for that kind of stuff, but what can you do??
We stretched out the huge breakfast (this hotel has an amazing one!!) and checked out at noon.
One thing I love here, you can almost always check out at 12.00!
So nice to have a few extra hours when you're not in a rush.
Since the weather was not on our side, we cruised over to Jumbo, a big mall in the outskirts of Helsinki.
Again we walked and talked and just "were"!
I enjoyed the best Caeser salad since moving to Finland, teamed up with chicken strips and garlic dip and goatcheese-topped bread (you could choose 3 items to "make your own meal" kind of thing), and Hubby had one of the best burgers he's ever had. Like in his LIFE!! Not even kidding!
Gotta go to that place again! Very awesome.
We ended our trip by stopping by at IKEA. I think there's a law that you HAVE to stop there before leaving the metro Helsinki area... Got a few things for the kids and a gift for our babysitter, otherwise I totally behaved myself in that place full of temptations. Good thing we got there only an hour before closing or things might have easily gotten out of hand!
After IKEA we headed home. We only stopped for coffee and ONE MORE treat on the way.
I had waaay to many of those this weekend...but it was worth it!! :)
We came home to a clean house and happy kids.
So nice to to see them all again!!
Now I hope this boost of rest and relaxation carries me for a while.
Only 3 more months till Christmas, almost time to roll up the sleeves for that!