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Otzi shoes

Otzi is the name given to the “Ice Man”, the frozen man discovered buried in ice in the Otztal Alps between Austria and Italy. He was remarkably well preserved and is now refrozen and in the Museum of Archeology in Bolzano, northern Italy.

His clothes and shoes were also well preserved in their icy grave and some clever people have recreated his shoes for modern times. There is a shop in Helsinki selling them.

Ots shoes Helsinki

Ots shoes Helsinki

They don’t really look much like the original shoes, but not many of us would want real Otzi shoes. The inner shoe was composed of grass as insulation. The outer part was deer skin fastened to an oval sole made of bear skin. The shaft around the ankle was bound with grass fibres.

There is a reasonable version recreated in the shop.

Ots shoes Helsinki

Here is the delightful updated versions of the shoe. I can report that they are very comfortable.

 

Otzshoes Helsinki

There is a canvas espadrille shoe for summer. These would be in store now.

Otzshoes 

Mikonkatu 3

http://www.otzshoes.fi

Winter days are wonderful when the sun shines. There wa still snow on my February walk around Toolonlahti. I’m sure it would all be gone now as Helsinki moves into warmer weather.

Toolonlahti

 

 

Toolonlahti

Toolonlahti

Toolonlahti

Toolonlahti

Toolonlahti

Keep on shining Helsinki.

On your bike

On my last visit to Helsinki I was delighted to see fishermen on Toolonlahti on a sunny day.

Ice fisherman Helsinki

I was amused to see that one of them had ridden his bike there.

Ice fishermen Helsinki

 

 

Ice fishermen Helsinki

I hope they caught something.

 

Tom of Finland

Touko Laaksonen (1920 – 1991) is best known by his pseudonym, Tom of Finland. He was a Finnish artist notable for his stylised homoerotic fetish art.

Finlayson is a Finnish textile manufacturer founded in 1820 when James Finlayson, a Scottish engineer, established a cotton mill in Tampere.

What do these 2 have in common I hear you say. Finlayson is proud of its progressive heritage…looking forward, courageously welcoming new ideas and embracing tolerance and respect.

It it was in this spirit that the Tom of Finland collection was produced and installed in Finlayson’s flagship store in Helsinki in December 2014. You can sleep on Tom sheets, rest you head on a Tom pillowcase, carry a Tom tote, dry yourself on a Tom towel…and much more.

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Tom of Finland Finlayson

 

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Tom of Finland Finlayson

Many products sold out immediately…well done Finlayson.

Aleksis Kivi

Aleksis Kivi sits in a pensive pose in front of the beautiful theatre in Helsinki.

Aleksis Kivi

Aleksis Kivi

He was a Finnish national writer, playwright, poet and novelist. His major work, Seven Brothers, was written in 1870. He was the first professional writer publishing his works in the Finnish language.

Aleksis Kivi

Aleksis Kivi

He was born in 1834 in Nurmijarvi to a poor family. He went to school in Helsinki at the age of 12, boarding at the home of a prison warder.

Aleksis Kivi

Seven Brothers took him 10 years to write and was criticised because his characters were considered too wild and not modelled on the idealised picture of rural people.

Aleksis Kivi

He died in poverty at the age of 38. I wonder what he would have thought of his lovely sculpture.

Aleksis Kivi

 

On my last visit someone had added a red nose…not quite in the right spot.

Aleksis Kivi

Jolly hockey sticks

The skating rink beside the railway station is a great place for some lunch time hockey practice.

Ice hockey in Helsinki

Ice hockey in Helsinki

 

Ice hockey In Helsinki

…and what a dramatic backdrop.

Catching some sun

It was a beautiful winter day in Helsinki yesterday. I came upon some lovely ducks enjoying the winter sun on my walk around Toolonlahti.

Ducks at Toolonlahti

Ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks at Toolonlahti

ducks T Toolonlahti

I don’t suppose the warm weather will last too long…enjoy it while you can.

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