Weekly Photo Challenge: One

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is one.

Well, I think this is the closest challenge I’m going to find that fits posting this picture. This is a statue that I came across when wandering around Helsinki in July – I doubt there’s one like it anywhere else! Think of it what you will …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is grand.

It seems an age since my dream trip to Helsinki, Finland, but in fact, it was only 4 months ago! I am now already planning to conquer the next Nordic country on my list – Norway – in summer 2014. Exciting! Anyway, my entry for this week is Uspenski Cathedral, a gorgeous and gigantic orthodox cathedral, set on a hill with an amazing view of Helsinki …

Approaching the cathedral ...

Approaching the cathedral …

Climbing the steps to the entrance ...

Climbing the steps to the entrance …

The view of Kauppatori Market ...

The view of Kauppatori Market …

The view of Helsinki Cathedral ...

The view of Helsinki Cathedral …

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Helsinki, Finland #004

I read somewhere before we left for Helsinki that if you want to look like a local, don’t feed the seagulls. We may live inland and don’t get to see many seagulls here, but we figured that was common knowledge everywhere. Well, it seems that the case with the seagulls of Helsinki is don’t eat in front of them at all!

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Helsinki, Finland #003

Our last full day in Helsinki was to be our “shopping” day, buying souvenirs and gifts for the family. However, we were a little delayed in our start at Kauppatori, as the sky turned darker and darker – the obvious sign of impending rain. Only minutes after this photo was taken, the heavens opened, and my new and as-yet-unwashed blue jeans dyed my new cream canvas shoes forever with the memory of that shopping morning …

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Weekly Photo Challenge: One Shot, Two Ways

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is one shot, two ways.

In Senaatintori (Senate Square), there is one of the most iconic buildings of Helsinki’s skyline. The Helsingin tuomiokirkko (Helsinki Cathedral) is a magnificent structure, designed by Carl Ludvig Engel. He laid the first cornerstone on 25th June 1830 and the cathedral was finally consecrated 15th February 1852.

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Landscape

At first look, those stairs look easily conquerable right? But, once you get closer, they are very imposing – this second picture was taken from half-way up!

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Portrait

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Helsinki, Finland #001

This time last week we were starting our first day of sightseeing in Helsinki, Finland, visiting Suomenlinna Fortress and Korkeasaari Zoo. The view from Kauppatori out to the South Harbour became one of my favourite views in Helsinki, and I will definitely be sharing plenty of my pictures of that view, as well as from all over Helsinki, over the coming months.

Until next time …