The frozen Töölö bay

5.03.2009 at 13:39 | Posted in Architecture, Go At Least Once, Leisure, Romantisch, Walk Route | 4 Comments
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by Edit Bajsz

If you get the chance, walk across the frozen Töölö bay before the ice melts.
People have created some paths on the ice and snow, mainly in the North-South direction. Basically, it’s a shortcut between Finlandia-house and Sturenkatu street, avoiding the steep climb on Linnunlaulu street.
But the reason one should walk there, is to get a new perspective of the city, of the surrounding buildings. I was wondering, why is this perspective so exciting. It would be the same from a small boat rowing on the Töölö bay in the summer. Then I realized, that now we have solid „ground” under our feet, and while on a boat we have to hold on tight, constantly balance ourselves, and it is quite tough to stand still, now we move on the ice as we usually do on the streets of the city: we can walk, stop for a while, look around.

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Also, our eye level is lower than usual. This, and the fact that the trees of the parks around the bay are not right in front of us, give a new kind of view over the buildings. The opera house can look pretty scary…

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Pet Cemetery

29.10.2007 at 17:36 | Posted in Go At Least Once, History, Leisure, Nature, Romantisch, Show a Foreign Friend, Walk Route | 1 Comment
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I invite you to visit the Pet Cemetery located in midst of the Central Park, few hundred metres south of Metsäläntie. Preferred time of visit is after dark, the rest you may want to find out yourself. Look it up on the map.
New: Check out typographical details of the graves.

Pet Cemetery

Pet Cemetery

Rikhardinkatu Library

4.09.2007 at 12:54 | Posted in Architecture, History, Romantisch, Show a Foreign Friend, Where to Read a Book | 1 Comment

The old library on Rikhardinkatu street is an important spot on the map of Helsinki’s centre. The building was completed in 1881 and shortly after became the National Library. Nowadays the extensive library system is called Helsinki City Library, but out of the 40 libraries this one remains so far my favourite. Despite the many years and the all-embracing, continuous modernization this place maintains the spirit and atmosphere of an old library. Look it up on the map.

Librar

Library Library

Hermanninranta

8.08.2007 at 16:22 | Posted in I Like it Anyway, Leisure, Romantisch, Strange, Walk Route | 1 Comment

Hermanninranta is just a nice spot that I like maybe because it’s a bit “off” despite being quite close to places like Sörnäinen or Arabianranta. It’s basically along the shore between the metro station Kalasatama and Arabia shopping centre. I noticed people go to jog there, to walk their dogs and apparently also just to chill out a bit and hide from the rest of the world. There are some industrial buildings in the area and also a storage yard for yachts. Behind the bushes is a quiet, stony shore.

Hermanninranta

Hermanninranta

Pihlajasaari

3.07.2007 at 10:55 | Posted in Leisure, Nature, Romantisch, Walk Route | Leave a comment

Pihlajasaari are two big and two tiny island to the south off Helsinki’s centre. There are some remains of war architecture, but I guess the main attractions are the beaches and grill places. There is even a nudist beach which I haven’t had the pleasure to visit yet. You get there on a privately-operated, small ferry which will cost you 5€ both ways. It starts from next to Cafe Carusel.

Pihlajasaari

Pihlajasaari

Vanhankaupunginkoski

30.06.2007 at 23:27 | Posted in Architecture, History, Industrial, Leisure, Museum, Nature, Romantisch, Tourism, Walk Route | Leave a comment

These picturesque rapids are to be found on the southern end of Vantaanjoki. On sunny weekends around these spots many people are fishing, picnicking or just walking through.
There are some old, industrial brick buildings next to the rapids that used to house water turbines. There’s also a museum where you can learn more about the history of this place.

Vanhakaupunginkoski

Vanhakaupunginkoski

Lammassaari

12.06.2007 at 22:56 | Posted in Go At Least Once, Leisure, Nature, Romantisch, Show a Foreign Friend, Walk Route | 1 Comment

Although Lammassaari is a pleasant and cozy island I was actually mainly impressed by the access. Besides using a boat you can get there by means of a ca 1km long jetty. As you can see from the photo the experience is of very cinematographic nature.

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In case you wonder what to do on the island itself, on the northern shore there is a tree-high wooden look-out with great views – recommended not only for bird lovers.
From there you might see the eastern Finnish cows and Finnish sheep landscaping the shore pastures of Viikki-Vanhakaupunki from May until late autumn.

Lammassaari

Also, if you look well enough, you might find this hidden passage from Lammassaari to Kuusiluoto. Very exciting! ;)

Lammassaari

Ruutinkoski

12.05.2007 at 21:02 | Posted in Leisure, Nature, Romantisch, Walk Route | Leave a comment

Ruutinkoski are 300m long rapids on the Vantaanjoki river closing keskuspuisto and the western part of Helsinki from the north. There are quite a few lovely spots in the area – very suitable for a sunny Sunday. Read more on Wikipedia (FI).

Ruutinkoski

Ruutinkoski

Suomenoja

5.02.2007 at 17:18 | Posted in Industrial, Leisure, Nature, Romantisch, Sports, Walk Route | Leave a comment

Suomenojan Venesatama

Visited this one last Saturday the 3rd Feb.
There are three interesting things I´ve spotted in this Espoo district which I found worthy documenting and that neighbour eachother. A horse stable, an energy plant and a marina.

At this time of the year the marina is closed and all the yachts are stored on the shore creating something like a little, abandoned town.

Suomenojan Venesatama

Suomenojan Venesatama

Despite the cold weather the horse stable is functioning and people come to practice horse riding. With the beautiful energy plant in the background.

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Leposaari

5.02.2007 at 13:03 | Posted in Architecture, History, Leisure, Nature, Romantisch, Walk Route | Leave a comment

Leposaari is a small island connected through a jetty to the nothern part of Kulosaari island. It is occupied by a small church and cemetery. The cemetery was founded in 1925 when Kulosaari was still an independent municipality.

Jetty to Leposaari

It was a cold but sunny day and I shot a few photos of the grave stones covered by snow.

Leposaari Stone

Leposaari Stone

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