A couple of days back I went on an organised walking tour to discover Helsinki’s hidden architectural gems. The tour focused on the entrances and staircases of 5 high-value properties in the heart of Helsinki, dating back more than a century. All these architectural treasures were built between 1870 and 1913, and have unique stories to tell. Let’s take a look at the architectural gems we explored on our tour. Continue reading
Christmas season is full on in Helsinki! Festive lights and Christmas decorations are out and bring sparkle and joy into our grey winter darkness. If you are in Helsinki during the Christmas season I would highly recommend a walk in the city centre to soak up some Christmas spirit. The following are my favourite spots and the absolute best places to enjoy Christmas cheer in Helsinki city centre: Continue reading
Happy 100th Birthday Finland! Today 6 Dec 2017 my beloved home country Finland celebrates its 100 years of independence.Finns are famous for being humble and quiet people but as we are celebrating Finland’s 100th birthday today I can shout out load how proud I am to be a Finn and posses one of the most powerful and valuable Continue reading
Hey Helsinki metro finally goes west! Yesterday we had the pleasure to enjoy the grand opening of Helsinki’s western metro extension. This adds 8 new stations to the route that runs from central Helsinki to the neighbouring city of Espoo.Why is there so much buzz about the metro? Why am I so ecstatic about this? Well, long story short. Continue reading
The most colourful time of the year is in Helsinki again: Autumn! This week nature has completely exploded with the brightest of colours from green to all shades of yellow, orange, gold, red and auburn.
After several weeks of dark and cold autumn rain, now during past few days we have been very lucky and have enjoyed some of the most beautiful autumn weather with sunshine and blue skies. Today I woke up early in the morning and headed to the outdoors to capture some autumn colour and beauty with my camera. Continue reading
Dark and cold October evenings are here in Helsinki again, and so is the fun-filled Linnanmäki Carnival of Light. During the festivities of the Carnival of Light (Valokarnevaali) at Helsinki’s legendary amusement park Linnanmäki, thousands of colourful lights illuminate the park until late in the evening.
During the past few years it has become a tradition for me to go on a stroll in Linnanmäki during the festival, take photos and soak up the spectacular lights and colours. It is such perfect therapy for the body and mind during the dark and cold season.
The suburb of Pasila some 3 km outside Helsinki city centre has always been an eyesore to me. A sad and dodgy neighbourhood with large grey concrete blocks of flats and offices. A dreary place where I do not want to set my foot unless more than necessary. Here you can literally see more than fifty shades of grey. Continue reading