Monday after I’d finished work for the day we got on the No. 4 tram heading north and stayed on board to the end of the line. It took us to Munkkiniemi, one of the more affluent areas of Helsinki, by the sea in the north west of the city.
Right by the tram stop there’s a rather nice café that I’d visited during my last visit to Helsinki, 3 years ago.
It was a good spot to grab a drink and a bite to eat overlooking the sea on a very pleasant evening. There are plenty of seats on the outside terrace, but although some hardy locals were sitting outside we stayed in the warm.
After eating we took a short stroll along the sea front then cut in land to have a look at the nearby Aalto House – the home of the renowned Finnish Modernist architect, Alvar Aalto. I’d visited the house when I was last in Helsinki. Of course, it was closed but we got a good look at the outside.
We then walked the short distance to his studio in a nearby street, again taking a look from the outside.
Afterwards we cut back to the sea front and walked back to the tram stop to catch a tram back to the city centre.