This Japanese inspired garden, Roihuvuori Cherry Tree Park (Roihuvuoren Kirsikkapuisto), in the district of Roihuvuori must be one of the most exotic parks in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. With more than 240 cherry trees and an abundance of soft blossoms wafting a mild cherry scent it feels like walking in a pink fairytale world.I have heard and read many stories about this place but Continue reading
It’s been a long time coming. But it is finally here – spring! Warm weather and sunshine seem to get people on the move. Streets, parks, squares and seaside cafes become vibrant and full of life. Nature turns green and you can literally see grass growing and trees bursting into leaf in all shades of green. This weekend I discovered the following 6 places in Helsinki where you can feel some true spring vibes:
1. Roihuvuori Cherry Tree Park
This Japanese inspired space, Roihuvuori Cherry Tree Park (Kirsikkapuisto), in the district of Roihuvuori must be one of the most exotic parks in Helsinki. 240 cherry Continue reading
Yesterday we had the rare opportunity to visit the Presidential Palace in Helsinki during their open house celebrating Finland’s centennial. The Presidential Palace (Presidentinlinna) is very seldom open to the public, meaning that the whole of Finland and all tourists were on the move. And so was I, of course!We arrived at the palace 30 minutes before the opening time to find that there was a long queue lining round the block. So to the end of the line we went. After Continue reading
As some of you may know, I am a person who loves planning and creating lists. Sometimes I wish I was not like this but what can I do! On the other hand, when it is related to travelling, having a good time and enjoying life I don’t think it can be a bad thing right?
For the upcoming summer I have created a list of things to see and do, both locally and internationally, however, I have not locked any final plans or booked tickets yet. So I almost already know what to do this summer and my Continue reading
I must say that I am extremely happy to live in such a vibrant and evolving city as what Helsinki is today. Recently lots of new interesting places and revamped oldies but goldies have appeared on the map in Helsinki, the capital of Finland. I can proudly introduce the following 5 novelties that I find very captivating as they bring a revitalising vibe to the cultural and restaurant scene of Helsinki.
1. Dock yard Konepajahalli R24
This revamped former dock yard Konepajahalli R24 in Telakkaranta in the district of Punavuori by the sea at the southwestern edge of the city, is becoming a bohemian Continue reading
After exploring Koh Mak by bicycle for two days and celebrating Thai New Year & Songkran Water Festival I still had one full day left before heading back home. In the morning after breakfast I headed to Ao Suan Yai Beach on the north-west coast of Koh Mak and bought a boat ticket at Koh Mak Resort to go to the neighbouring island of Koh Kham, a privately owned small paradise island just 1 km off Koh Mak.The boat ride from Koh Mak to Koh Kham took no more than 5 minutes and Continue reading
One day in Koh Mak I was enjoying a lazy afternoon on Ao Kao Beach and observing what the few other people on the beach were up to. I noticed a couple of people first walking on the beach and then put on their sandals, went into the water and started to wade towards the small island just off shore. After a while they returned the same way.Later that evening I asked my hotel owner about the island next door, Koh Rayang Nai. I was advised that the island is easily reached by kayak in no time or if I wanted Continue reading