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Lapland again: summer 2012 fieldwork

This summer I had two trips up to Kilpisjärvi in north-western Finland for fieldwork again (you can read about my 2011…

City surprises #13 – Lastenlinna hospital (children’s castle)

Walking around Töölö recently we had a good view of one of the best named buildings in Helsinki – the Lastenlinna…

Finnish sauna for beginners: etiquette and terminology

Sauna a quintessential Finnish experience – and something that can cause unnecessary concern for newly arrived visitors to the country. Sauna is…

Roman Baths, Bath

I was just having a quick look through my draft posts and noticed that I hadn’t yet posted some of…

Finnish pancakes: pannukakku and lettu

If you visit a Finnish cafeteria or canteen on a Thursday afternoon, there is a good chance that you’ll find…

First visit to Sipoonkorpi National Park

Sipoonkorpi is one of the two Finnish national parks located on the edge of the of the Helsinki metropolis (Nuuksio…

City surprises #12 – pop-up gardens

Helsinki has some really beautiful gardens (including the winter gardens and Helsinki University’s botanical gardens) – but the city also…

The Alvar Aalto home museum

During this year’s Open House Helsinki weekend, we visited Alvar Aalto’s house in Munkkiniemi (north-western Helsinki; see on our map). …

Paris: Day 2

Our second day in Paris (see photos from the first day in an earlier post) started with a walk around…

The Rock Church and the Chapel of Silence – unique spaces in Helsinki

Both the Rock Church (the Temppeliaukion kirkko) and the Chapel of Silence are beautiful and (at least in my opinion) iconic…

Uutela in autumn

Four months ago, in the middle of summer, Brigitte and I visited a little undeveloped corner of Helsinki near the…

First snow!

It snowed last night for this first time this autumn. It only snowed last winter in January so this is…

City Surprises #11

While showing some colleagues around Helsinki, I noticed a new development at the Bridge of Love (a pedestrian and bicycle…

Mustavuori, Porvarinlahden and surrounding forests

With colder weather rapidly approaching, I decided to take advantage of a fairly warm and dry Saturday to visit the…

Paris: Day 1

Right at the end of August this year, we spent two days in Paris as a prelude to our summer…

Mushroom-picking in Sipoonkorpi

It was with great excitement that Brigitte and I headed out to Sipoonkorpi National Park early on a chilly Saturday…

Late summer in central France: La Semnadisse in Guéret

So after two and a half days of running around Paris, we met up with our Dutch friend Annette and…

London in the spring

Last spring we had a quick trip to London, hanging out with family there before showing them around Helsinki. With…

City Surprises #10

Well, Pete is always posting the city surprises as he seems to be far more observant than I am in…

Everyday Discoveries design exhibit

Last week the Suvilahti complex hosted the Everyday Discoveries exhibition, as part of the World Design Capital program. The exhibition’s aim…

Hanging out at Park(ing) Day in Esplanadi

While checking out Stadissa.fi (an online list of events happening around Helsinki) last week I noticed the intriguingly named “Park(ing) Day” listed…

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