Magical Midsummer | Finland

Midsummer is my favorite time of the year in Finland. It is the time when nordic nature is at its best; the magical white nights embracing light shades of green.

The finnish habit of packing bags and heading to the country side to enjoy and cherish the summer makes it a very special kind of celebration; relaxed, beautiful, peaceful, traditional, fun. I have been extremely lucky to spent past 12 years (except the ones I have spent abroad) in this wonderful setting in North Karelia or what do you think?

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

 

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2013

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

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North Karelia | Finland | 2017

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North Karelia | Finland | 2016

Top things to do in Vienna | Vienna Cafes

The coffee houses in Vienna are an absolute must during your visit. Viennese coffee house is an institution and it has played an important role in shaping the Viennese culture. Since 2011, the traditional Viennese coffee house culture has even belonged to the intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

Austrian writer Stefan Zweig has described the Viennese Coffee House as an institution of a special kind, “actually a sort of democratic club, open to everyone for the price of a cheap cup of coffee, where every guest can sit for hours with this little offering, to talk, write, play cards, receive post, and above all consume an unlimited number of newspapers and journals.”

Modern cafés together with atmospheric traditional coffee houses give coffee lovers as well as tea addicts so many option you could go to Vienna just for the cafés. My personal favorites were the old, traditional ones. Sipping down your coffee, one could imagine living in late 19th and early 20th century when leading writers of the time became attached to the atmosphere of Viennese cafés and occupied the cafés for writing and meeting each other.

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

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Vienna | Austria | 2017

 

Skopje Getaway | Lake Matka, Macedonia

Hidden gem of northern Macedonia, Lake Matka, is a bit tricky to find but worth the hassle if you happen to be around.

Lake Matka is a canyon located west of central Skopje, the capital of Macedonia. It is an artificial lake and one of the most popular outdoor destinations in Macedonia.

You can go hiking, canoeing, rock climbing, take a boat trip to see caves, explore monasteries or just wonder around. A must is a bit of lake Matka fish for lunch and some local white wine to flush it down with. What ever you decide to do, it will be a relaxing day.

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

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Lake Matka | Macedonia | 2015

 

My Helsinki – Winter Elegance

In my blog my idea is to share with you my travels not only far but also near. Luckily enough my absolute favorite city in the world is pretty close. Helsinki – that’s where I have the pleasure to live. You will read in my blog a series of my ‘little travels’ in my own city, in My Helsinki.
I would describe Helsinki as stylish yet relaxed, elegant, simple, efficient, innovative, clean, safe and beautiful in a very subtle way.
Helsinki, as well as Finland, looks very different depending of the time of the year. It has it’s summer buzz, autumn bitter sweetness, inspiring spring and its winter time volatile elegance.
Helsinki is the daughter of the Baltic Sea and that gives Helsinki an specific and fresh feeling. Helsinki front is full of little islands, coastal corners and nordic harbour life style. During winter time Baltic Sea can be cold and a bit rough, at the same time it is raw yet beautiful.
What do you think about the winter elegance of my Helsinki?
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Valkosaari | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Lauttasaarenselkä | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Salmisaari | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Lauttasaarenselkä | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Helsinki Harbour | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Salmisaari | Helsinki, Finland | 2017

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Railway Station | Helsinki, Finland | 2017