Helsinki: the design capital of the world. I know this because there are signs everywhere heralding the city's recently earned title, including a particularly not-so-subtle one outside the Design Museum. Even so, the contemporary architecture and chic houseware boutiques are plenty enough indication that Finnish design is the pinnacle of the modern lifestyle. (Think IKEA times ten).
Unfortunately Helsinki doesn't have the most offerings in terms of things to do, which is why we skipped town to go across the water to Tallinn, Estonia - an experience I found much more fulfilling. (More on that later).
Helsinki does have some gorgeous historical architecture, specifically some of the old churches and cathedrals. And with its brightly colored townhouses, brisk sea breeze and stylish city dwellers, it reminded me a lot of a less crowded San Francisco. I'm sure we could have found more things to see and do in the Finnish capital, but Estonia beckoned.