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Helsinki

Jaahas ja näin sitä hurahti puolitoista viikkoa mökillä Tammisaaressa. Sää on ollut välillä viileää ja välillä lämmintä, enimmäkseen kuitenkin aurinkoista. Niinpä minä olenkin taas sairastanut kesän toisen flunssan :(. Elimistö on näköjään tottunut Singaporen tropiikkiin niin hyvin, että täällä kylmässä Suomessa sairastun heti. Sairastelusta huolimatta olen nauttinut mökillä olosta, vaikka en olekaan voinut touhuta normaaliin tapaan juuri mitään. Nyt otetaan mökkeilyyn pieni tauko ja palaan viikoksi kaupunkielämään ystäviäni ja vanhempiani tapaamaan. Luvassa on todellakin laatuaikaa ihanien ystävien kanssa ja tietysti kamera taas kulkee matkassani. Enköhän ehdi muutaman kuvankin reissuiltani napata.

Sitä ennen kuitenkin tyhjensin kamerasta vanhoja kuvia ja sieltä löytyi jokunen otos Helsingistä. On kiehtovaa, kuinka sitä turistina ollessassa omassa kotimaassa tulee kuvanneeksi asioita, joita ei välttämättä normaalisti edes huomaisi. Sekä vierailee paikoissa, joissa ei normaalisti tulisi käytyä, kuten nyt minulla Sibelius monumentilla käynti. Tässä siis kesän viimeiset kuvat Helsingistä.

I’ve spend a week and half now at our summer house. Weather has been both chilly and warm but I’ve enjoyed every moment. Now I’m heading back to town (but not Helsinki) to spend some time with my friends. I will also visit my parents. Before that I cleared my camera out of shots from Helsinki. I must say it’s really fascinating to be a “tourist” in your own country as I’ve pictured things I never done before.

So here’s my last pictures from Helsinki. More pictures next summer.

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Helsinki, Finland

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Helsinki, Finland

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Sibelius monumentti  on Eila Hiltusen tekemä haponkestävästä teräksestä valmistettu veistos HelsinginTöölössä Sibeliuksen puistossa. Veistos painaa 24 tonnia ja siinä on yli 600 putkea. Monumentti on 8,5 metriä korkea, 10,5 metriä pitkä ja 6,5 metriä syvä. Se on Helsingin suosituimpia veistoksia ja tunnetuimpia matkailunähtävyyksiä. Abstrakti teos nähdään usein urkupillistönä. Sen katsotaan kuvaavan hyvin Jean Sibeliuksen suurimuotoista sinfonista musiikkia, josta silti pystyy erottamaan myös pieniä yksityiskohtia.

Sibelius monument is in the Sibelius park. The world famous composer Jean Sibelius’ (1865-1957) monument is designed by Eila Hiltunen. It was unveiled 7 September 1967. The Sibelius Monument, resembling organ pipes, is made of welded steel with the bust of the composer on one side. The monument is one of Helsinki’s most popular statues and one of the most well-known tourist attractions. The monument is 8,5 m high, 10,5 m wide and 6,5 m deep. It is built of over 600 pipes and weighs 24 tons.

Sibelius monument, Helsinki, Finland

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Hietaranta. Hietaniemi beach.

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Kauppatori.

Market Square. Located in the South Harbour at the very beginning of the Esplanade Park, the Market Square is Helsinki’s most international and famous market. The booths here sell traditional market foods and treats, as well as handicrafts and souvenirs.

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Havis Amanda.

Havis Amanda, Helsinki, Finland


See my previous posts from Helsinki.

Shop my Helsinki

Wine and Dine my Helsinki

Visit my Helsinki

Suomenlinna – Sea Fortress


 

Tallinn, Estonia

Hello again and greetings from Tallinn, Estonia. I did my annual two day trip over there with my friends. We had so much fun, as usual. We did some sightseeing and shopping with lots and lots of laughing, good food, drinks and some dancing… This trip really was one of the highlights of my summer and I’m so happy after spending a few days with these wonderful ladies.

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But about Tallinn itself – it’s really close to Finland. Two hours by ferry from Helsinki and you’re there. Tallinn has a small old town with nice shops, beautiful houses, nice cafe’s and restaurants. Finnish people love to visit Tallinn. Estonia is still relatively cheap (compered to Finland at least) and it’s close by so it’s a good place for a small getaway.

We arrived Tallinn on Wednesday morning. The weather was sunny and pretty warm at first…later we were surprised by heavy rain. Our hotel was close to the harbour and old town, perfect location.  After check in into the hotel, we had a nice lunch at Deja Vu restaurant.

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Cheers.

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After the lunch we took a stroll on the streets of old town.

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My friends.

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Russian Orthodox church.

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It’s going to rain soon…

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Look at that…Chinese tourists…

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Market square and ancient costumes.

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Oh no, where is he taking her?

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The punishment!

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Aargh!! The knight took my friend!

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It’s raining…

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…a lot…

By the evening the sky was clear again and we walked down to the restaurant Grillhaus Daube for dinner and drinks. Later we danced the night away at Club Hollywood

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Going for dinner.

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Cheers for the evening!

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So much laughing…

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…and laughing…

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At the night club.

On Friday we were a “little bit” tired after long night so we took it easy. We did some shopping and had a lunch at Leib. On our way to the lunch, we enjoyed more about beautiful Tallinn.

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Funny looking restaurant.

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At the restaurant.

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After lunch we went back to the hotel and enjoyed the sun.

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Going back home…

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Thank you ladies – You’re the best! See you next year…

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Suomenlinna – Sea Fortress

On Monday I went to Suomenlinna with Onni and Emma. Suomenlinna sea fortress is a cultural treasure on the coast of Helsinki. This small island is very popular place to visit throughout a year, but especially during the summer. The place has a long history and it’s a true cultural treasure. Its construction began in the 18th century, when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden. The guns that still are on Kustaanmiekka island are a reminder of the period of the Russian rule in the 19th century. Suomenlinna has also a lively community of some 800 residents. Imagine living there…since the only way in/out is by water (although there is a service tunnel under the sea to the mainland, but that is only for ambulance and police.)

Suomenlinna is very nice place to spend a day, since there are many cafes and restaurants and of course you can bring your own snacks. And that’s exactly what we did with Onni and Emma. We bought our snacks from Stockmann and the Market Square. Kids really enjoyed our day and especially Onni, because Suomenlinna is full of old guns.

Suomenlinna has also some museums and guided walking tours and it’s also very easy to explore by yourself since this is a small island. Just remember that there are many private houses and of course you are not allowed to enter their garden…

Like I said, Suomenlinna is accessible only by water. The journey takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The ferry departs from the east side of the Market Square, opposite the Presidential Palace.

On our way to the Market Square, we walked through Esplanade Park.

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The Market Square and Havis Amanda statue.

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The Market Square.

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Yummy strawberries.

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The Market Square.

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The Market Square.

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Ticket sales for Suomenlinna ferry.

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Emma and Emma…

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On a ferry.

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Helsinki from the sea.

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The Market Square, The Presidential Palace and Helsinki Cathedral.

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If you ever visit Helsinki, which you should, you should also visit Suomenlinna. I’m sure you’ll love it!

But hey, let’s see my pictures from Suomenlinna. Finland with blue sky and green grass is just beyond something else…

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It’s picnic time!

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And then there were the guns…
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And tunnels…

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And Chinese tourist group…can’t seem to get rid of them even in Finland.

Onni visited the war museum. I gave him my camera, here’s some pictures by Onni.

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That was our visit in Suomenlinna. On our way to the car we saw the Helsinki Cathedral. For me this church is a special place, since Vesa and I got married there 13 years ago! I still remember the day like it was yesterday…

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