Tampere (day 2)

Woke up at 5am today and somehow read the time as being 7am (mirror images of each other...) Waking up early has its benefits :)

I had time to update my blog and arrived at the train station well ahead of my scheduled departure. Didn't get lost this time, yay!

The train ride to Tampere took 90 minutes and the scenery was like a blur of green with quaint little wooden house scattered throughout (blue, yellow, red and white). 

I think I passed at least 7 or 8 lakes along the way, catching glimpses of them between the trees... I had two missions in Tampere

1. visit the Moominvalley museum

The Moomin stories were written by Tove Jansson for children but they are so delightful, anyone can read them (including myself!) The photo above is of me with Moominmamma. I don't expect any of you to know who she is but she reminds me of my mum. The atmosphere of the museum was wonderful and I enjoyed seeing original drawings by Tove Jansson for the books.

2. see the lakes (Pyhäjärvi and Näsijärvi) 

I asked the info desk for the best way to see the lakes and she recommended Pyynikki. Thus began my first nature walk in Finland... It was a gentle climb but the view was well worth it! There was a cafe at the bottom of the observation tower with the best doughnuts... I didn't even think to take a photo until I had almost finished it! I shall leave it to your imagination :)

Finding my way to the hotel wasn't too bad... I caught the bus, very proud of myself :) The room is great but it's up two flight of stairs...

After dinner, I went down to sit on a rock right by edge of lake Pyhäjärvi and listened to the waves wash away my worries... Perfect end to a lovely day :)


  1. Dad said :Lovely photos and wonderful scenery. I wish you will take me there on your next trip.
    Mum: Wow.. Moominmama, I love this photo. yes so proud of you.

  2. Ha ha, so cute! Dad commented :D Yes, let's all go together one day. Miss you all heaps xoxo

  3. OMG MOOMIN!!!!! I actually have a Moomin toy, when I went back to Taiwan it was on tv a few times and I watched bits of it! Ahh good times! I didn't know it was from there!

    The view from the lake looks amazing :)

  4. Wow! I can't believe you know Moomins too! One of my initial reasons for visiting Finland in the first place was Moominworld (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moomin_World). I'm going with my friend on Monday so stay tuned for more Moomin-ness! Do you have a favourite character? Mine is Moominmamma :)

  5. I know Moomins too! I have a notepad with pictures of them. Funnily, my Japanese teacher bought it for me from Japan but it was made in Taiwan :D. I didn't know they are Finnish(?).

    Taiwan has stairs everywhere! My house is actually on the 5th floor with no elevators!

    Seems like they have lots of lakes?

  6. Yay for Moomins! I bought a Moomin diary from Japan last year. Tove Jansson was a Swedish-speaking Finn so the stories were originally written in Swedish but the Moomins are Finnish.

    Ha ha, the stairs are good for exercise but a little annoying when I find out there is actually a lift after I've reached the top...

    There are close to 188 000 lakes in Finland!


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