Showing posts from January, 2016

EuroChristmas: Welkom op Amsterdam

30 December 2015 Amsterdam, The Netherlands Step Count: 22,946 (9.61 miles)  We were up early Wednesday morning to head to Amsterdam. Shout out to the Helsinki airport for their efficiency and ingenuity--we tagged our own bags, scanned them in, and avoided traveling families with the addition of a "Kids Gate" at security. Smart, smart, smart! The flight went by quickly (I slept the whole way), and we hopped on the train to Amsterdam Centraal station. From there, we walked to our hotel, taking in some of the sights as we dragged our bags along the narrow streets.  Amsterdam is a canal city--lots of hustle and bustle outside the main station very narrow streets here, with tall, skinny houses! We stayed at the Intercontinental Amsterdam, which is a pretty posh spot. Lots of celebrities stay here when in the city.  complimentary bubbly at check in our room--it was huge, even by American standards! great view, right over the water 

EuroChristmas: A Day in Helsinki

29 December 2015 Helsinki, Finland When we got back to Finland, our first stop was back to the Hilton to check in and get our things settled before exploring the city a bit more. Rick and I ended up with the exact same room we had stayed in a few days before :)  We wandered toward the Design District, stopping in a few shops and malls along the way. We saw a vegan grocery, visited Marimekko, and had a snack in a mall food court.  vegan grocery  tomato soup with goat cheese In the Design District, we visited a number of decor shops, with items for home, clothing, and books. I am now, more than ever, obsessed with all things copper, and want to redo our entire house.  clearly, a universal sentiment!  map of Finland in the Design Museum  scissors as art in the Design Museum  home store with amazing stuff love this bookcase Finnish design seems to be very into simple, white things. In addition to this nutcracker, we saw plain white Russ