Florence, with All the Fanciness

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Florence, Tuscany and all the things associated with it; beautiful buildings, flowery facades, little squares that give you the urge to pause and look up to the sky, incredible gelato, perfectly white and brown dotted churches that are so inviting looking that even a less religious person wants to sneak... Continue Reading →

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To a museum by boat, anyone?

Is there anything more fun than arriving to a museum by boat on a summer day? Can't imagine. The Didrichsen Art Museum has a boat connection, but only on Saturdays, so I strongly suggest you go there on Saturday. The ferry ride is a nice, about 50 min ride in an old wooden boat, enjoying... Continue Reading →

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Food for Thought on Travel

It is a thrill to see all the beautiful landscapes when you travel. It keeps you so busy that sometimes a short visit in a beautiful region makea you feel as if decades had lapsed since you last were at home doing the everyday routines. But at the same time, I see so much plastic... Continue Reading →

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Finland 100 years

Pic by Syken hydrologit In craziness, Finns are unbeatable 😁. This year Finland turns 100 years old. The lake in the above pic is called Neitokainen (=young lady), and it is shaped like Finland on the map. You'd think it is an incredible coincedence but no : it was dug by mr Esko SÀÀskilahti when... Continue Reading →

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Do you love the seaside? Do you love it when you wake up, you open your window, and you can hear the seagulls with their throaty, shrill calls, or if you are luckier, you'll hear the sweet shriek of swallows? You wake up, you see the empty city streets, some old buildings (unfortunately Helsinki also... Continue Reading →

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The Old-fashioned Charm of Trains

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Trains - the final luxury travel transport there is. Planes are crowded, the stewardesses are overworked, the service is not that great, planes are late, and getting to the airport with your bag while looking over your shoulder to watch out for pickpockets is awful. It is freedom and a... Continue Reading →

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Paris, rooftop cafés

Follow my blog with Bloglovin I've noticed one thing about a Paris trip: you MUST go to the Eiffel Tower. And the view is great from there, although the impossible crowd makes it such an experience that after the photos you pretty much just want to go back down to get some personal space...After all,... Continue Reading →

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To use an open WIFI or not?

Internet is a real cave of Ali Baba, both in good and bad... When I travel, I am more often than not faced with the network problem; not the lack of it, but where to find it. The European decision to remove roaming fees is more than welcome, as it about abolishes the problem in... Continue Reading →

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People don't realize that one of the greatest things to do here, is to admire the parks. It's a nice, quiet moment, early in the morning, to simply stroll through Place des Vosges without tourists there. The great thing about Paris is that there are parks for every taste; if you like views, go to... Continue Reading →

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Pre-advertisement Era Minsk

When in Minsk, I wondered about how the facades of buildings seemed to be so unified, and somehow the feeling of spaciousness, undoubtedly also thanks to the wide boulevards, made me really like walking in the city. But part of the charm was actually really simple, but it struck me like a hammer when I... Continue Reading →

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Rome – there’s something new, or old !

A couple of years back, I realized that I have been to Rome for 5 times. That's a lot of time dedicated to one , lovely, old, village-like city. And I thought I have finally seen everything, been to every district, found every restaurant on TripAdvisor, eaten the strawberry pizza, visited a monastery in Rome... Continue Reading →

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Singapore – Hygienic but Hilarious

Singapore, the city whose name sounds like a melody from far away lands. Singapore has always intrigued me, as long as I can remember; its location almost right on the Equator, along with its past as a trading point. It's fascinating to imagine Singapore as an insect buzzing swamp, right there next to the Malacca... Continue Reading →

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Arles, Lazy and Lovely

Arriving in Arles was preceeded my many random events; not in the least by van Gogh, who actually played the key part, having painted in this sleepy town . And having read his biography (By Steven Naifeh, available for example here), I was keen to see at least one part of his environment, where he... Continue Reading →

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Paris Mood Swings

Have you ever experienced that strange feeling where you start to suspect the person you're talking to is prone to irrational mood swings, and might even be dangerously sarcastic with you? If you haven't, come to Paris. It's not true that all French would be sarcastic, most of them are helpful and lovely. But in... Continue Reading →

MAXXit in Rome!

Rome is just bulging with new places right now: Modern Art Museum MAXXI sounded interesting straight away. Couldn't wait to see it, it has been around for 7 years but I only recently heard about it. The museum is located a bit north from Piazza del Popolo in northern Rome. It is easy to reach... Continue Reading →


So many people claim they like coffee and yet we know barely nothing about it. For example, you'd need to know if you prefer robusta or arabica beans, or perhaps a certain mix of them with acertain percentage of robusta in the arabica mix (I didn't get it when living in Italy and even less... Continue Reading →

Kalevala revisited

When it comes to epic sagas, there are many that are better known than Kalevala; however, maybe that is exactly why it feels so fresh. Of course, to fully understand it, you'd have to speak Finnish because the alliterations and rhythm really don't open up the content the way a translation does. But it has... Continue Reading →


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