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
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
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
The lively town of Kusadasi on Turkey’s west coast is dominated by package tourists from all across Europe and offers plenty to do for all ages. As I wrote in my earlier post, my first impression of Kusadasi was not the best ever, as the town is too touristy and busy for my taste, but on a positive note there are however lots of interesting things to see and do hidden behind the scenes so you just have to go out there and explore! Continue reading
After a long weekend in Izmir and five days exploring the cute seaside towns of Ilica, Cesme and Alacati on Cesme peninsula, my next destination was Kusadasi, which is located on the Aegean coast 80 km south of Izmir. I had absolutely no prior expectations of Kusadasi, but I had heard and read that Kusadasi is a popular package holiday destination. Yikes, I was not excited at all. I am not a package tour type of traveller. I rather avoid all places which are taken over by mass tourism. But this is very tricky in Turkey, as there are lots and lots of people, foreign tourists, Turkish tourists and locals alike, everywhere. And I mean everywhere, there are no empty quiet corners in this busy country. Turkey’s population alone is a whopping 82 million, topped with Continue reading
White daydream. Inspiring. Calming. Contemporary. Clean Scandinavian lines. Fresh and modern Finnish minimalism. This is how I would describe the design and architecture of Helsinki University Library.I am not a student or alumni at Helsinki University. And I am not a typical library nerd either. But after visiting the main library of Helsinki University (Helsingin yliopiston kirjasto) I actually might become a frequent customer as Continue reading
If you read my previous post you already know that I fell in love with Alacati, head over heels. Of all the attractive places I have been in Turkey, Alacati has a certain indescribable magic to it. Something you cannot really put into words. The feeling I had was something unique. Alacati really captured a special place in my heart.As soon as I walked down Alacati’s main street passing by cute shops and colourful houses I knew that Continue reading