Monday, October 20, 2014

Seurasaarenselkä in October

The days get shorter and the sun comes out later every day. Temperatures are falling and the nights bring the first frost.

Seurasaarenselkä in October

To see how the view from Seurasaarenselkä changed during one year you can see the pictures of the previous months here.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Raw pleasures at Café Kokko

Raw food is a huge trend around the world. And also in Helsinki you can find places that offer the healthy alternatives to cooked and processed food. One of them is Café Kokko.

coffee break at Café Kokko

The cozy two stroage cafe in one of the beautiful old brick buildings in Katajanokka was opened this summer. Here you find a wide selection of raw cakes and pastries. 

pastry selection at Café Kokko

They might not be everyone's thing and are way less sweet than other pastry but you should definitely give them a try. You can also have one of their delicious smoothies and of course good coffee.

view down from the upper level at Café Kokko

Sit at one of the comfy sofas and feel just like being invited to a friend's place. Check it out!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Sunny and cold

After the first minus temeratures during the last nights the sun is out today and it is perfect weather to enjoy the Saturday.

Fall morning in Hanasaari

Have a nice weekend!

Friday, October 17, 2014

End of season at Lintsi

The time for outdoor amusement park visits is coming to an end. And this weekend Linnanmäki celebrates the end of the season with the traditional Carinival of Light (Valokarnevaali). 

Carnival of Light 2013

From today till Sunday you can still use all the rides at Linnanmäki. During the evening the whole park is illuminated with all kinds of different colors. And even if you are not into rides at all it is worth to just wander around in the park.

Linnanmäki rides during the night

Also during the Carnival of Light Linnanmäki has a full program and lots of great live music shows on stage. As always the entrance as well as the admission to the gigs is for free.

Check it out and don't miss the big end of season fireworks on Sunday evening! Today they open at 17.00. On Saturday and Sunday the park is open from 13.00-22.00.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Run, Lasse, run!

Paavo Nurmi was not the only famous Finnish runner. In the 70s a new talent revived the legend of the Flying Finns: Lasse Virén

Lasse Virén statue

The long-distance runner from Myrskylä won four times Olympic Gold for Finland in 1972 and 1976. Today you can find a statue of him right around the corner from Paavo Nurmi at the Olympic Stadium in Helsinki. But apart from that also an annual 20 kilometer run in the Sycamore Canyon in California is named after him.

Lasse Virén still a very well well-known figure in Finland and even held a seat in the Finnish Parliament twice in recent years for the Kokoomus.

If you happen to pass by the Olympic Stadium, pay the two Flying Finns Lasse and Paavo a visit.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Lighten up your day with a piece of cake

Did you know that you can get some of the best cakes in Helsinki at Herkku and the backery at Stockmann? They make and sell some sweet, delicious cakes and pastries.

Delicious Cheesecake and Carrot Cake at Stockmann

Get them for take away or have a slice right there.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Art underground

When waiting for your metro at the Kamppi station you always have something to see. And that it due to the changing art exhibition down there.

Dennis Oppenheim's Kissing Rocks at Kamppi Metroasema

The big glass box on the platform already displayed installations from various Finnish and international artist. And there is always something new to discover.

At the moment you can see Dennis Oppenheim's Kissing Rocks on display. You will always also find an explanaition about the artists and their installation in Finnish, Swedish, English and Russian. Take a few minutes for a closer look next time you pass by there.

Monday, October 13, 2014

What's with all the #viski posts?

You most likely saw lots of your Finnish friends posting something about whiskey (or rather viski) on their social media accounts. In case you don't know where the sudden interest in this high precentage drink comes from here a short explanaition.

Whiskey


Later on Sunday the responsible state agency denied ever having forced bloggers to change their content. The whole situation is still very unclear and will surely be under investigation during the upcoming days. For more information on the topic please read the linked articles and stay tuned on YLE News.

Have a nice start into the week!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Colored leaves

The leaves have changed their color. Now brown, yellow and red dominates the Finnish nature. But the fall beauty won't stay for long. The first leaves already start falling.

colored leaves in Helsinki

So if you want to enjoy the beautiful fall scenery, head out into the woods for a nice Sunday walk today.

Have a great and relaxed Sunday!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Food Helsinki? HEL YEAH!

Helsinki is probably one of the most exciting food cities in the world. With its wide variety of outstanding restaurants it provides something for every taste and every budget. Helsinki can easily compete even with cities like Paris and New York.

http://www.visithelsinki.fi/sites/visithelsinki.fi/files/files/Liitteet/food_helsinki_hel_yeah_map.pdf

The guys from HEL YEAH! have now made it easier to find all those great restaurants, cafés, bakeries, markets and street food places with their brochure Food Helsinki? HEL YEAH! They have devided the city into five districts, maped all the places you should check out and put them in price cathegories.

Check out this excellent guide and start exploring the amazing food szene of the Finnish capital.