Shortly on Naantali and Härmälä gorge.

Blogroll, Finland, Picture a day, Traveling, Turku

I will be really brief when it comes to telling you about Naantali, a traditional spa-town close to Turku. It is what a spa-town should be like – cosy, small, touristy and close to the water. Nowadays most tourists come to Naantali to take either a fake steam-boat cruise or go to the Moomin theme park. We were not interested in either, just walked around and visited the tiny and somehow unimpressive museum.

But Naantali, that is off-white, lace and beige. Wood and cobble stones. Sea and ice-cream.

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And then I HAD to go and visit the Härmälä gorge, ie. a big crack in rock. It was great to walk/crawl through it, but impossible to take decent pictures due to an impossible angle – camera lens combination. If you want to know more, take a peek here. I would definitely recommend to visit if you are around Turku, and please do so during some unpopular times as the crack might get crowded during summer weekends (and totally empty in winter). Mass tourism, hey.

Kirkkonummi and Villa Mehu

Blogroll, Finland, Helsinki, nature, Sunsets, Traveling

Yesterday prior to picking up boys’ wreck boat and taking it to the repair place (conveniently located next to a waste dump) we visited quite an exciting spot, Villa Mehu. If you like deserted spaces and/or Finnish nature and/or colourful pictures and you liked the statue park post from a few weeks ago, click on the above link!

On the way to Villa Mehu we passed another obviously deserted construction. It was huge; I wonder what it served as? Factory? Farm estate? Storage? All off above?

 

Villa Mehu (Villa Juice) was awesome as expected, and were surprised we were the only visitor that sunny autumn afternoon. The light of the late o’clock was wonderful, warm and golden and just added to the atmosphere of last berries of the year and the smell of wet foliage.

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Before it turned completely dark yesterday – a sight which I’ve become unused to thanks to long Finnish summer days and white nights – the long day and long moving of the “boat” was closed off with the sight of this. No. Our boat is not in the picture.

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Copenhagen and around.

Blogroll, Likes, Traveling

I just got back from my first stay in Denmark (how embarrassing). I spent a week enjoying life, brains and people in Helsinge, and a few days being a tourist and taking pictures in Copenhagen and around. And now I feel so refreshed even my migraines have withdrawn somehow (touch wood), so full of ideas and new and renewed connections. I wish every one of you could feel the same, surely the world would become a more enjoyable place to live in.

*end of post-Denmark tears*

I have noticed it has actually started to get dark in Finland – the winter is coming, next week we have August already. So please let me share some truly summery Danish moments with you.

First, there is this really random mosaic from Copenhagen. It is a lovely place to visit and to live, for sure.

And it gets slightly more touristy…

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… and more colourful, too!

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And slightly weird..

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Also we visited a few others places. Helsingør (Elsinore), for example – yeah, the Hamlet castle.

Or the Viking Ship Museum in Roskilde.

And the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art: that was awesome. An exciting museum of a manageable size, park with more artwork, really good café (they have an espresso machine but do not ask for an espresso, they don’t make/serve them. I know.) and a BEACH!

This has never meant to be a travel blog. I’m not the best person to give advice on where to eat or what to see or do, I just love to observe and suck in the atmosphere and, well, get something out of the trip (sure, I also love to buy bracelets and postcards and chocolates (and give them to my friends and family).

You can do all that in Denmark for weeks – there is always something new to surprise you. Like the neon signs (neon, no LED) above the river. The Free Town of Christiania. The delicious food, sandwiches. The chocolate you put on warm toast (good for Nutella haters like myself). The sea. The beaches around. The galleries. The design. The parks.

I believe that Copenhagen is – just like the rest of Scandinavia – a perfect summer holiday destination. It is THE time to visit, you will most probably get a great dose of refreshing summer, sunny and warm yet not too hot. You can always travel to the warm destination after the main season and still have an awesome time after all… (and who still wants to be the part of the tourist crowd in the 21st century?).

 

Post-midsummer.

Blogroll, Finland, Traveling

It’s pouring outside and I’m sitting here in my room, sipping hot tea, diving into graphology, ordering accessories and enjoying a calm me-time. Oh and of course I’m again late with my pictures – this a pic per day thing is not going that great. I’m sorry, my faithful readers, I shall improve this sloppery!

So, Midsummer, the best smelling (tar, smoke, wood and diverse flowers) and lightest time of the year is over. Sob. It was great though, I got to enjoy my birthday treat and we visited the Söderskär archipelago a few miles south of Porvoo: a group of several tiny islands, millions of nesting birds and an old light-house. I’m enjoying the sea with every such trip…

… and this is what stuck the most from the trip and from the entire Midsummer: the fog. It was magical though! (yet not capturable)

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Let’s start with a few shots from the night before Midsummer. This was taken at about 10pm, check out the light – and the massively angry seagulls.

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*KRAAAAAGH!*

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Now back to Söderskär and fog and mist and a massive fail re: camera settings. Argh!

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The vegetation was limited to a few trees and numerous bunches of chives… nom!

And of course we explored the lighthouse! (not currently in use, sadly)

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