One of the big plans for when my friend Grace came to town for a visit, was a pilgrimage to a far far away store called the Finnish Place. I had never been there before and it took us ages to get there, from the last northern subway stop, more north by bus and then farther still by FOOT! We finally made it and I almost hyperventilated at all the gorgeous stuff. Of course it was all madly expensive and beautiful quality. There was even Moomin everything!! I treated myself to a very wonderful Marimekko umbrella, for my birthday. I decided an umbrella would be the least likely to get wrecked, like a purse or change pouch or be lost in my cupboards like a mug and it would be ever cheerful on rainy days. It has the famous floral pattern in red and pink! I will show it off at some point. I imagine the rent up there is what keeps them staying, but this store would clean up in downtown. PLUS I would be able to visit it more. Anyway, check out the madness!!!