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

Until next time …

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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 …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreshadow

The Weekly Photo Challenge for this week is foreshadow.

I love this challenge – it’s come at a perfect time! For those of you that have been here before, you will know that I have just come back from 5 days in Helsinki, Finland. Unfortunately, due to a small carry-on bag limit with an 8kg weight limit, I wasn’t able to even take my HP Mini to post daily. I didn’t mind though, and instead I will spread out my pictures (1,483 in total) and stories over the next few months 🙂

So, my choice for this challenge is a picture I took from our hotel window. We stayed in the Hilton hotel at Helsinki-Vantaa airport, and had a view of a couple of the runways. I loved standing at my entirely soundproof window watching as the planes came in, foreshadowing adventures to come for those just visiting, and the excitement of coming home for residents …

Until next time …

Helsinki calling!

http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Finnish_flag_with_pole_on_independence_day_2011.jpgWe’re booked! My sister and I will be spending 4 nights and 5 days in Helsinki, Finland, from 29th July-2nd August. It is a dream come true for both of us – I have always wanted to visit Finland, and it seems that dream rubbed off on my sister too.

I had always promised my sister that when she turned 18, we would take a couple of months out and tour Australia. That was when I was 16, and a lot of things changed since then. In light of the fact that I will be moving to USA next year, we compromised and I said I would take her anywhere in Europe, just the 2 of us, and I’d pay for it all.

You see, no one in my family likes flying, except me and my sister. I don’t want her to lose out on the amazing experience of travelling, because I know she won’t go alone! So, as a present for her 15th birthday (which is today!), and a gift to myself for my 21st (on 19th July), we will be spending 5 days in Helsinki!

Time to find that old Finnish phrasebook and get practising …

Hauskaa päivänjatkoa!