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Hidden Architectural Gem of Helsinki: Rikhardinkatu Library

Some time back I wrote about two beautiful libraries in Helsinki that hide amazing architectural details, Helsinki University Library and the National Library of Finland, both something very unique in terms of architecture and design in Finland and definitive must-sees for all locals and visitors alike.

Rikhardinkatu Library (Rikhardinkadun kirjasto) in the heart of Helsinki is another beautiful public library that is popular among locals and well worth a visit. I love the sophisticated and historical atmosphere of this library.helsinki rikhardinkatu libraryRikhardinkatu Library was the first public library in the Nordic countries designed for Continue reading

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48-hour Stopover in Doha – What to See and Do in Doha, Qatar

On my recent trip to Indonesia, I flew Qatar Airways via Doha and took the chance to book a stopover in Doha with no extra cost. I am always up for new adventures in a new country. Furthermore, I used the Qatar Airways stopover programme for a free 5-star hotel stay (I actually stayed 2 nights for a nominal booking fee, more information on this at the end of this post).souq waqif dohadoha west bayDoha, the capital of Qatar, is a relatively compact city and can easily be seen in two days. I stayed in Doha for 48 hours and managed to cover Doha’s most interesting attractions. Public transport is literally non-existent in Doha so to get from one place to another I mostly used Continue reading

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How to Book a Free Doha Stopover with a Complimentary 5-Star Hotel when Flying Qatar Airways

If you decide to fly Qatar Airways I can warmly recommend a stopover in Doha for a couple of days to explore the city. Thanks to Qatar’s recent policy improvements for transit passengers, right now Doha is perhaps a more attractive stopover destination than ever before.doha mia museum Recently Qatar introduced visa-free entry for citizens of 80 countries, Finland being one of them. To complement this, Qatar Airways and Qatar Tourism Authority introduced a stopover programme called +Qatar. This offers all Qatar Airways ticketed passengers transiting Doha for more than 12 hours a possibility to take advantage of a complimentary hotel stay Continue reading

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Island Escape in Helsinki Archipelago: Liuskasaari Island

Liuskasaari is one of my favourite islands in Helsinki archipelago. What makes this island very special is its location just a few hundred meters off the seaside promenade of Kaivopuisto Park in the southern part of Helsinki mainland. Thanks to its proximity to the city centre and relaxed maritime vibe Liuskasaari makes a perfect little evening outing or a nice day trip combined with the neighbouring island of Uunisaari, which can be accessed from Liuskasaari via a bridge. Continue reading

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Airline Review: Qatar Airways

Qatar Airways, which was voted the world’s best airline in 2017 by travellers in the Skytrax World Airline Awards, started operating from my hometown Helsinki, Finland to Doha, Qatar 18 months ago. Ever since there has been a lot of buzz about the airline and finally I had the pleasure of flying Qatar Airways to Indonesia with a 48-hour stopover in Doha.Currently Qatar Airways operates two daily flights from Helsinki to Doha Hamad International Airport. A direct flight from Helsinki to Doha takes around 6 hours. This means that Doha makes a great gateway especially to South East Asia, Continue reading


Hidden Architectural Gem of Helsinki: National Library of Finland

I never expected to find a gorgeous gem like this in my hometown Helsinki, the capital city of Finland. The yellow building of the National Library of Finland, which is located right opposite to Helsinki Cathedral in the heart of Helsinki looks very modest from the outside but is something completely different on the inside.The National Library of Finland is possibly the most majestic library I have ever visited. It is a historical place and a perfect haven of peace and quiet away from the busy streets of Helsinki city centre.

This library is a must for all book worms and architecture lovers, and everyone who wishes to discover Continue reading

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Island Escape in Helsinki Archipelago: Uunisaari Island

One of the many things I love about my home town Helsinki is the archipelago with hundreds of islands. Helsinki’s coastline is over 100 km long and accommodates more than 300 islands. Quite a number!These small islands in Helsinki archipelago provide perfect getaways from the hustle and bustle of Helsinki city centre. Many islands are just a stone’s throw away from the mainland. One of these is Uunisaari island, right off Continue reading