Kathryn HiesingerUnited States
Although specializing in architecture and design, Maria's tour of Helsinki and the Saarinen compound at Hvittrask was so much more than that, including Finnish political, religious, and cultural history. With a driver to keep us moving, we saw and learned more in a limited amount of time than I could have ever imagined. Seeing Hvittrask, the home designed by Eliel Saarinen outside Helsinki for his family with all of the furnishings intact in a beautiful landscape setting was the highlight for me!
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Dear Kathryn, It was an immense pleasure to host you and your daughter, Meg on one of my favourite tour destinations: Hvittrask. I too enjoyed our deep conversations covering everything under the sun including of course Finnish architecture and design. History and cultural anthropology count amongst my passions so it was just wonderful to host two ladies from those precise background. Comparing our mutual thesis topics from Uni days was also fun. All the best to Philly and California USA !!
Kathleen MoonUnited States
Our time in Helsinki was so enjoyable. Maria was a font of information. We recommend spending part of your time outside the city as we did. It made the day so relaxing and we saw beautiful countryside. But Helsinki was a great city also. Maria was a great addition to our day. We would highly recommend her as a guide.
TOUR GUIDE RESPONSE: Thank you, Kathleen. I enjoyed finally meeting our group and the person who booked my services way back in the Autumn of 2013. Glad to hear you loved Helsinki and Hvittrask.It's one of my favorite tours !