Helsinki Winter Garden (Talvipuutarha) is a summery oasis of exotic plants and a delightful place to explore tropical greenery all year round.Especially on a cold and dark winter’s day when outdoor temperatures reach freezing cold, this elegant glasshouse feels like a hot tropical paradise of exotic Continue reading
You may have read in my earlier post Island Escape in Helsinki Archipelago: Former Military Island Isosaari that the gorgeous island of Isosaari was very recently opened to the public after being closed for military purposes for over a century. Isosaari island is a must see for everyone in or visiting Helsinki. This is where history, military and wild nature meet and blend together harmoniously.
In addition to my informative previous post on Isosaari I want to share a few more captivating photos and mysterious details of the island with you. Hope you enjoy the photo tour!
Surveillance towers, fortifications, casemates, secret tunnels, artillery weapons
A couple of weeks back in mid June another former military island called Isosaari was opened to the public in Helsinki archipelago. Isosaari island was in military use for over a century until it was abandoned in 2012.Together with the other recently opened former military islands of Vallisaari and Lonna, Isosaari island is a great addition to the recreational islands of Helsinki archipelago. All these islands make a great Continue reading
Lammassaari island just a short bus or tram ride from Helsinki city centre, in the protected area of Viikki and Vanhankaupunginlahti, is a perfect green getaway in the city.A canal full of fish divides Lammassaari (Sheep Island) from the mainland. Just by crossing the canal you can already feel that you are in another world. Surrounded by the sea and Continue reading
Earlier during the day I explored the west coast of Rhodes from Ialyssós to Fourni Beach. It was a fantastic road trip: quiet beaches, stunning lush green nature, archeological sites, historical castles and massive caves, cliffs and rock formations along the rugged shoreline.To get back to my homebase in Ialyssós I decided to take the mountain road to see what the inland and mountain regions Continue reading
Rhodes is a large and versatile island with plenty to see and do. I had already explored medieval Rhodes old town together with the more modern part of Rhodes town as well as the historical town of Ialyssós and Filerimos Hill. However, there is much more to Rhodes than just these places so I rented a car for a couple of days to discover the island further.My plan for day 1 with the rental car was to explore the west coast from Ialyssós all the way to down to Fourni Beach and return in the afternoon via Continue reading
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