Helsinki

Hey guys!

You are going to read the following statement a lot (here and in the next posts), so get used to it: Scandinavia is amazing!

I am completely in love with Nordic countries.
Let’s start with Helsinki.

I took off the 31th of July from Rome and after 3 hours of a very pleasant flight I reached Helsinki.
Things I have noticed:

1) The green: yes, a bit mainstream as first point to notice but that’s true.  There are parks and gardens and flowers and NATURE at every possible corner. Most of the streets end in a park or are built across / among / within and without parks.
And this is tremendously relaxing. This actually made me think about how bounded are the Finnish with Nature.

2) The silence. Yes, I am Italian so maybe I am used to chaos and very noisy streets but, trust me, Helsinki is unnaturally (and beautifully) silent. Walking down the streets you can hear people talking and the wind. And your steps.  If you just stop at the harbor you can also hear the waves on the rocks.

3) The light. Finland has a very strange light. It’s pale and very homogeneous. Not strong, of course, but very gentle and very well diffused. It makes everything more pure.

4) The finnish language! Oh what an astonishing language! A non-indoeuropean language that soon I will master (yes, it’s a promise). All those vowels and all that rhythm is a glorious hymn to all linguists! Try to hear it somewhere and you will catch its Beauty.

5) What did I do? I just walked all around the city, visited museums and spots. I did not take any single bus or metro (ops, lie: I took the metro once. And in the wrong direction!). Most of the time I got lost, but that was the fun.

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The cathedral of Helsinki. It’s so white!
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One of the main street in the city center of Helsinki. This spot looks really European while the rest of the city is deeply Nordic ( and with a touch of Russian style).
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Another perspective of the Cathedral.
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Details of the Cathedral
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Southern district of Helsinki.
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Yes. That’s Finnish. Try to read it even if you don’t understand it. Can you hear the harmony? I know you can!
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Cult of endtime.
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A bit obsessed with this church.
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The neighborhood of my hotel.
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The gardens I told you about. You just walk dow the street when all of a sudden you are in the middle of THIS.
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Old Art…
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…and the Contemporary Art. Both in harmony.
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No cars. No crowd. No outdoor shops.
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Funny colours.
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This is the Temppeliaukion Kirkko also known as Rock Church. It’s a magnificent example of how Finnish are in strict dialogue with Nature. It is a wonderful church completely built into the rocks. The roof is realised using glass (that creates amazing geometries and a particular soft tone of light) and, for the dome, a single twisted thread of copper. Breathtaking.
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Temppeliaukion Kirkko
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Temppeliaukion Kirkko.
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Temppeliaukion Kirkko
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This is the garden close to the Department of Economy of the University of Helsinki. I got lost here so I just took a photo.
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The end of the Esplanadii, the main green and elegant boulevard of the city. Always full of people having a walk, drinking something or simply relaxing in the sun.
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The harbor.
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Gardens
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Gardens near the Ortodox Church.
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A propeller at the harbor.
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View of the Cathedral from the Uspenski Cathedral.
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The harbor
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From Uspenski Cathedral
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Contemporary buildings.
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Contemporary buildings II.
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Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art. Amazing outside and inside!
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“Finlandia talo” Finland House by Alvar Aalto is simply astonishing. Built by the famous finnish architect with lighty marble form Carrara.
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Uspenski Cathedral
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Another perspective of Finlandia talo.
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Töölö bay.
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Walking through Toolo.
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lovely.

And the music?

Of course, the finnish “Lordi” that won the Eurovision Song Contest!

But also the magnificent “Finlandia” by Sibelius.

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6 thoughts on “Helsinki

  1. Excellent presentation oh Helsinki in photos, not only ordinary photos, high quality. Remember that Helsinki is only part of Finland and the real, unknown Finland waits outside just to be found.

    Passa una splendida giornata!

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      1. Excellent question. I love it.

        Well, in winter these two places are must-to-visit:

        World’s Biggest Snow Castle.

        Arctic Circle in winter.

        In summer for example to cruises on our lakes are experiences:

        Cruise to Rock paintings.

        This national park is great:

        Koli national park.

        You can dance on our Samba festival:

        Samba in Helsinki .

        Possibility to see some of our:

        187 888 Lakes.

        This castle is must to see:

        Medieval castle of Olavinlinna.
        This wooden church is awesome:

        Church of Haukipudas.

        What about:

        Jousting.

        I Autumn You could:

        Hiking far beyond the Arctic Circle and meet reindeers.

        These were only few examples to explore Finland. More details in is available in my:

        About me.

        Happy and safe travel!

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  2. I would like to fly to Helsinki
    I would like to listen the silence
    I would like to hear the waves on the rocks
    but I can’t……so thank you for your beautiful words and pictures.
    And sorry for my English…..
    Ciao !

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