This weekend we went to Lappeenranta, a nice city in south east Finland, just 20 kilometers from the Russian border, by the beautiful Lake Saimaa. This is the city where my husband was born and where my parents in law still live. We went there by train and came back by car (our car was at a friend’s place in Kotka – an harbour city in east Finland). Lappeenranta is a nice city with some pretty buildings, like the wooden City Hall, built in 1829 or the old concert stage in the ”kisses garden” -as the locals call it. And the harbour is the place to go for a stroll in summer, an ice cream or a drink… for example in the 1902 built steamer ”Prinsessa Armaada” that used to sail the Saimaa and have been converted into a bar.
Because we were travelling by train I packed only a few things with me: a skirt – obviously home made – of a very nice chinese lantern fabric, a tea timer, made of the same fabric, black pedal pushers (made by VintagEija’s), a black wool sweater, a yellow blouse, black purse, ballerinas and belt. A a few bakelites. The skirt and pedal pusher set is a recent find from Viva Las Vegas’ car show in April. The sweater is from an antique mall in Vancouver (USA, Washington State) late March and the blouse is from the Mamie vintage shop in Paris, purchased this April too. The ballerinas, purse, belt are older acquisitions.
On saturday I wore the skirt with the yellow blouse and on sunday the pedal pushers with the tea timer.
In the train, reading a book I just got for my birthday about Marilyn’s personal files.
In front of the City Hall: Summer in Finland means light! The picture was taken at 10 pm, and there’s no trick, it is still full daylight.