Author: Pete

Pompeii – summer holiday 2013

The final stop on our European tour in May was Pompeii. We weren’t 100% sure if we would go there-…

Rome – summer holiday 2013

The last leg of our summer trip was Rome – we had left a cold and rainy Venice and arrived…

Venice – summer holiday 2013

En route from Vienna to Rome we had one and a half days in Venice – it was an amazing…

Vienna – summer holiday 2013

After three exciting days in Prague, we headed to Vienna to continue our summer holiday.   Day 1 We arrived at the…

Prague – summer holiday 2013

We kicked off our Summer 2013 holiday by visiting Prague – we had heard many good things about this city…

Visiting St. Petersburg – a three-day visa-free trip by ferry from Helsinki

We recently popped across the Gulf of Finland to St. Petersburg, taking advantage of the 72 hour visa-free travel option…

Pöllöretki – a unique Finnish birdwatching experience

If you are a keen nature lover and want to find owls in Finland, your best option is to join…

Visiting EMMA – the Espoo Museum of Modern Art in the WeeGee centre

The Espoo Musuem of Modern Art (EMMA) is located in the Tapiola suburb of Espoo, only a short bus ride…

Capping Havis Amanda – watching Vappu celebrations in Helsinki

Vappu (1 May) is probably the biggest annual “public” celebration in Finland – while there are other days that are celebrated…

City surprises #15: another unusual bike stand

A while ago I spotted a rather unusual design for a bike stand near our apartment… These two very cool…

Why we’re advertising on our blog

You may have noticed that we’re running adverts on our blog. We spent a lot of time debating if we…

Ski routes within Helsinki – where to go for cross-country skiing

In Helsinki there are about 180 km’s worth of groomed ski tracks – and at least an additional 500 km of tracks…

Photo quiz: Where in Helsinki are we?

There are lots of interesting hidden things in Helsinki, and after living here for more than two years we’re starting…

City surprises #15: public art around Ruoholähti

Over Easter we spent some time in the suburb of Ruoholähti, in the south-western corner of Helsinki. The area was…

The (many) weeks that were: May and April 2013

This site has been a relatively quiet for a few weeks now… mostly because Brigitte and I have been quite…

Good bye winter, hello spring 2013!

After a long winter, spring has finally arrived in Helsinki. We had over 120 days of snow (and there are…

Skiing in Tiilikkajärvi National Park

Nearly two years ago Brigitte and I visited Tiilikkajärvi National Park with Miska. Recently I was back there with Miska again,…

City surprises #14: More birds in unexpected places…

So I realized that I’ve actually blogged a fair amount about various “birds” in Helsinki – for example the ostrich…

Uspenski Cathedral, Helsinki

The Uspenski Cathedral is one of the most visible and recognizable buildings in Helsinki, and we recently (finally!) managed to…

A snowy spring… takatalvi in Helsinki

This winter Helsinki is expected to have snow cover for more than 130 days – in fact, considering that we…

Dog sledding in Finnish Lapland

In the middle of February we headed up to northern Finland for a winter adventure – a long weekend of…

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