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Kaartinkaupunki

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  • Day16

    Helsinki!

    September 17 in Finland

    Not planned! But how do you say "No plan is a good plan." Last week I decided to make a day trip to the city of Helsinki. So I was even in Finland. After a very short but funny night in Tallinn, I drove to Helsinki this morning with the 6 o'clock ferry and of course was promptly greeted by Finnish weather. Rain. After the city overflowed at about 9 o'clock, I'm driving out of the city for a coffee and a modest breakfast. So I drank a Coke in "Vaanta" and dried myself and warmed up. Now that some hours have passed and the rain has stopped I will explore the city for a while! We'll talk later. :-)

    PS: Seems like the Finnish people aren‘t energetic early in the morning. All over the ferry people laid on the ground and were sleeping!
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  • Day5

    My home in the Cumulus clouds

    August 16, 2017 in Finland

    I'm loving my accommodation at Hotel Cumulus Kaisaniemi. Comfy bed, nice big breakie European style. No kettle in the room though 😠 but no matter, I bought myself a wee travel kettle.
    I have had a brilliant day, no jetlag ( amazing ), beautiful old cobbled streets and buildings with incredible detail on the exterior, big walks, a market ( I love a market! ), went on a ferris wheel thing to get an aerial view of the city, got my bearings with the Hop On/ Hop Off bus. Two highlights of the day - 1) the stunningly beautiful interior of the Uspenski Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox Church and 2) meeting a bloke while waiting for the bus who lived in Hobart and knows a bloke on Flinders Island! He described him and I could tell him who it was. It is a very small world!!
    €10 Indian buffet tonight.
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  • Day12

    A visit to HAM

    July 6 in Finland

    After a quick lunch at a Chinese restaurant (Helsinki seems to have a large number of Chinese restaurants), we headed over to The Helsinki Arts Museum (HAM). Much of HAM’s art collection is spread across the city in parks and gardens, schools and libraries. Their motto is ‘Art is popcorn for the brain’. There is currently a Graffiti exhibition, which was very interesting, as it tracks the development of graffiti from the 70’s onwards. I learnt a lot about graffiti at this exhibition. Graffiti can be divided into three broad categories - tags, throw-ups and pieces. Tags are basically the writer’s stylized signature done with a marker or spray paint. A throw-up consists of quickly executed outlines and fill. The term ‘piece’ describes a more complex graffiti painting. All three types appear in many styles, varying with the writer’s skills. Each writer’s aim is to gradually develop their own recognisable style.

    The core element of graffiti is usually a signature or word around which the piece is constructed layer by layer. The writer often does a sketch on paper beforehand, as the onsite painting must be done quickly. A classic piece consists of letters’ outlines and fill, background and various highlights.

    There was also an exhibition on Finnish artist Tove Jansson - she was a painter, novelists, comic artist, illustrator and writer, and is best known as the creator of the Moomins (I have never heard of the Moomins).
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  • Day12

    The remainder of Day 12

    July 6 in Finland

    After the HAM we wandered around town, did a bit of shopping, visited Temppeliaukion Kirkko, also referred to as the Rock Church - it was very weird. It was designed by Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen in 1969. The walls are constructed of rock pieces, and there is a 24 metre roof covered By 22km of copper stripping. When it rains water runs down the rock face, and so drains have been installed around the base of the walls. Apparently the acoustics are exceptional.

    We then strolled through the city, and looked in a few stores. I still need to go into Stockmans, their major department store, for a gander though. We then headed back down to Market Square to take a ride on the Helsinki Sky Wheel, which Ian had mistakenly thought was free with our Helsinki Card, when in fact we received only a 2 euro (10%) discount. It was a pretty crappy experience. The wheel is very small - more like a ferris wheel - and the glass is tinged blue, so all my photos from the wheel are crappy and unusable! All up, there were three fairly quick round trips, and it only lasted about 10 minutes.

    After the disappointment of the wheel we needed to reward ourselves, so we had a lovely drink in the sunshine - a glass of Veuve Cliquot will do that! We went to a lovely bistro for dinner, The Cock, not far from our apartment. I had their hose G & T which comprises pink grapefruit, lingonberry and Helsinki dry gin, and it was delicious. Ian is still working his way through the Finnish beers on offer! We also ate some food.
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  • Day13

    We headed off just after 9 this morning to catch a ferry across to the island of Suomenlinna. Suomenlinna was founded in 1748 on a cluster of islands off the coast of Helsinki. A UNESCO Heritage site, Suomenlinna, the “fortress of Finland”, was built by the Swedes in the mid-18th century and it comprises of a number of car-free islands joined by bridges. On landing at Suomenlinna’s main quay you immediately see the pink Rantakasarmi (Jetty Barack’s) - these are from when the Russians occupied the island and are well preserved. There were guided tours, but we decided to do our own thing at our own pace - not really into large group tours if I can avoid them! We came across a large church, Suomenlinna Kirkko, which was built by the Russians in 1854, and was a Russian Orthodox place of worship until the 1920’s when it became Lutheran. It had a very stark and simple interior which I really liked. It is also one of the few churches in the world to double as a lighthouse - originally the beacon was gaslight but it is now electric and it is still in use. There are 800 residents currently living on Suomenlinna, and as we walked around we could see that many of the fortifications and old garrison buildings have been restored and converted into residential properties, Studios and offices, meeting and event facilities, restaurants and museums.

    We wandered around the island towards Kings Gate, and on the way we were able to enter the walls - which are 10 metres thick - in a number of places. We passed through the Great Courtyard that was designed by Augustin Ehrensvärd and completed in the 1760’s, and which served as the main square. It was badly damaged in the Crimean war in 1855, and the tomb of Ehrensvärd can be found in the square. There are cannons/guns still in place around the island, especially at Kustaanmiekka, which served as a reminder of the Russian occupation in the 19th century. There are also bunkers scattered around this area.

    We made it to King’s Gate, which is said to be the iconic symbol of Suomenlinna. It was built between 1753 and 1754 as a ceremonial gateway to the fortress. The gate is built on the site where a ship carrying King Adolf Frederick of Sweden was anchored while he inspected the construction of the fortress in 1752.
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  • Day6

    Dining like a Viking

    August 17, 2017 in Finland

    I found a viking themed restaurant!! Harald the Viking restaurant in City Centre shopping plaza.
    Waiters were dressed in costume, the decor was very viking and the food and beer presented in traditional vessels, complete with sword!
    Loved it

  • Day8

    After finishing at the Historika Museum, we decided to explore the neighbourhood. We had delicious sausages in toasted baguettes with mustard, ketchup and sauerkraut - yum - and got talking to one of the friendly locals while we were waiting. We then caught the underground for the first time. The transport system in Sweden is clean, easy to use and dependable.

  • Day8

    After having a little rest back at the apartment, we once again headed out, and used the underground to get to Fotografiska, a Centre for contemporary photography. The gallery presents four big and 20 smaller exhibitions each year. It is located in a former industrial building on Stockholm’s waterfront, and there are stunning views from the cafe/restaurant located on the top floor. We saw an exhibition called Secret Times by Cathleen Naundorf. She trained as an artist, and many of her photographs looked like paintings - she uses a graceful meld of photographic techniques with painted art. Specifically, she uses the interplay between light and shadow to produce a mystical atmosphere. We also saw an exhibition by Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier titled Sealegacy Turning the tide. This was all about the impact humankind has had on the sea, but also those people who respect this most precious resource. Next we saw an exhibition by Evelyn Benxi Cova Merror who stated that “everything I do is a collaborative process and the author of this show is not an individual”. The exhibition is dedicated to all who make my mind grow. The final exhibition was titled Linda McCartney Mary McCartney - Mother Daughter. I have posted photos from each exhibition that particularly resonated with me, as art is such a personal experience.Read more

  • Day8

    Fotografiska

    July 2 in Finland

    Photographers Paul Nicklen and Cristina Mittermeier are the founders of the organisation Sea Legacy, a non-profit organisation based in Canada. Sea Legacy is committed to creating engagement and raising awareness of global climate change, with a primary focus on our oceans. Sea Legacy’s images are aimed at evoking feelings which they believe is how effective campaigns are achieved. The title of the exhibition ‘Turning the Tide’ highlights the situation and makes an important appeal, that together we can turn the tide.Read more

  • Day8

    Photographs from the Evelyn BencIcova - Merror Exhibition. The title Merror alludes to the mood of something chafing, a kind of “error/mirror” in what is reflected. Benicova won the Hasselblad Masters Award in 2016.

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