Wednesday, 13 June 2012
Helsinki and yesterday our capital celebrated 200yrs as capital of Finland. At the time (1812) it was the autonomous grand duchy of Finland, ruled under tsar Alexander I of Russia.
I'm busy working but also enjoying time with friends and enjoying this wonderful city, in summerbloom.
The lady above is not very summery - but she has most certainly lived her glorydays during the era of the Russian imperial dynasty. It has russian stamps, I cannot read the postmark - it's adressed to a family living in Helsinki. I bought it in a famous antiquarian in Helsinki, Hagelstams, many many years ago. If you happen to visit our lovely city, it's worth taking a stroll in the neighbourhood and also visit the antiquarian, there is a certain atmosphere inside, it has history written in it's walls. I also enjoy their windowstyling with books, maps and other fascinating ephemera.