Tag Archives: Helsinki

Helsinki airport sculpture (and England fan)

Tuesday 14th October 2014, 3.40pm (day 1,146)

Helsinki airport, 14/10/14

And so I came home again, with my itinerary merging at Helsinki with the last few English football fans who had been in Estonia for the match on Sunday evening. Around gate 37 of Helsinki airport is an art gallery, which makes a difference from the usual duty free shop, but then again they do most things better in Scandinavia if you ask me. Finland sneaks back onto the blog then, 793 days after its last appearance on 12th August 2012.

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Finlandia building, Helsinki

Sunday 12th August 2012, 11.30am (day 353)

Finlandia building, 12/8/12

Last day in Helsinki. Went on a walk this morning round Töölönlahti, which is an arm of the sea in the centre of the city, encircled by a pleasant path festooned with joggers and cyclists. Many of them stop at a terrace café high up on one side, where the famous  Finnish architect Alvar Aalto must once have enjoyed his cups of coffee. The evidence for this statement is given above, where you see Aalto’s 1976 Finlandia building (a multi-arts venue), placed in front of the much older – and twice as distant – tower of the Finnish National Museum behind. Just look closely. What a stroke of genius, only visible from this exact spot, and all done with a lick of paint.

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U-Boat Conning tower

Saturday 11th August 2012, 2.30pm (day 352)

Conning tower, 11/8/12

First day of my summer holiday, finally! I am still in Helsinki so visited the World Heritage site of Suomenlinna, a fortress outside the harbour that is the reason the city grew into the metropolis it is. An interesting exhibit there was the U-boat Vesikko, fascinating to look around but, I bet, a bitch to actually serve on. Should you be in the area I recommend Suomenlinna: though on a sunny August Saturday like today, I’ll be damn sure you won’t be alone there.

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Fruit stall, Helsinki

Friday 10th August 2012, 5.15pm (day 351)

Berry stall, 10/8/12

Returned from Tampere to Helsinki today and have the weekend here before heading home on Sunday afternoon. This is taken in a market near the square of Hakaniemi. Fish, potatoes and berries seem to be the staples of the Finnish diet, which is fine by me.

Does the plastic bag spoil this shot or help it? I also like the little flag in the background, just in case I forgot where I was.

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Four-legged beast, Helsinki airport

Tuesday 7th August 2012, 3.40pm (day 348)

Four legged beast, 7/8/12

I’m away again. When heading east most of the day is spent travelling and there wasn’t much to see today. Snapped this while sat on the Finnair bus waiting to head into Helsinki city centre from the airport.

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Café, Helsinki Airport

Friday 30th September 2011, 7.20am (day 36)

Pink haired woman , 30/9/11

Now she’s COOL. And this is 7.20am, note. The commitment.

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Kumpula Campus Library, University of Helsinki

Thursday 29th September 2011, 12.10pm (day 35)

Kumpula campus library, 29/9/11

‘An original idea? That can’t be hard to find. The library must be full of them.’ (Stephen Fry, Making History)

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Helsinki railway station

Tuesday 27th September 2011, 1.00pm (day 33)

Helsinki station, 27/9/11

Good morning meeting in Helsinki then off to Tampere on the train for tomorrow’s conference. Wish I could submit more than one photo of Helsinki’s superb 1930s-semi-Stalinist style railway station, but this one will have to do.

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