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Two young friends of mine have moved to Helsinki for a year long (possibly more) adventure.

Just after they arrived in the city at the end of October the first snow fell.

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Helsinki snow

Thank you Jodie and Allan for the great photos.

It melted soon after, but it was fun while it lasted

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Amos Rex

Amos Rex is an art museum where the past, present and future meet.

In their own words…

“Amos Rex’s exhibition programme will extend from the newest, often experienced mental, contemporary art to 20th century Modernism and ancient cultures. The goal will be for the past, present and future to produce unique experiences and surprising encounters beneath and above the ground and on the screen.”

The museum is on the site of an old bus station. The above ground architecture is proving to be popular.

Amos Rex Helsink

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The exhibition rooms are underground. The entrance is impressive.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The first room of the exhibition is called Black Waves. Swirling waves dance before the viewer.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The next one is Graffiti Nature: Lost, Immersed and Reborn. The audience become part of the scene.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

Next is Vortex of Light Particles.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

In the last of the  special effects rooms Crows are Chased and the Chasing Crows are Destined to be Chased as well, Transcending Space. The audience is invited to stand for 4 minutes to listen and watch.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

There is a more traditional room with impressionist art, the collection  of Sigurd Fosterus. He admired and collected Colourism that emerged in Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

Amos Rex Helsinki

Amos Rex Helsinki

The current exhibition opened on 30th August 2018 and will continue  until 6th January 2019.

Monday 11am – 6pm

Tuesday closed

Wdenesday and Thursday 11am – 8pm

Friday 11am – 6pm

Saturday 11am – 5pm

Sunday 11am – 5pm

 

General admission €18

Reduced price €12

Students under 30 €5

under 18 no charge

Amos Rex

Mannerheimintie 22 – 24

http://www.amosrex.fi

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Costo was founded by 3 Finnish designers with a desire for sustainability.

Costo

Costo

The fabric for their wool Kombai hats, which have detachable and interchangeable bobbles, has been carefully selected from small leftover quantities of design fabrics and leather previously destined for the trash.

Costo

Costo

Costo

Costo

The shop also retails Pure Waste tricot wear for men and women created by re-fibre methods and spinning fabrics into new yarn.

We all need to think more about where our clothing comes from.

Costo is at Yrjonkatu 34.

costo.fi

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Kamppi Chapel is a place to appreciate peace and quiet in the centre of Helsinki. Everyone is welcome to enjoy a moment of contemplation.

Kamppi Chapel

Kamppi Chapel

The chapel was designed by architects Mikko Summanen, Niko Sirola and Kimmo Lintula. It is 11.5 metres tall and it is made of 3 different types of wood. The external walls are spruce and coated in a type of wax. The internal walls are made from alder that was milled into shape. The fittings and internal door of the chapel are made of ash.

Kamppi Chapel

On the day I visited there was a family with young children who jumped about and the parents tried valiantly and in vain to keep them quiet…such is life.

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Nokka is an excellent restaurant beside the water in the Katajanokka area of Helsinki, below the Russian church. There are lovely views from the outside tables and the interior is inviting.

Nokka

Nokka

Nokka

They are offering a very good deal for lunch on weekdays…€10 for their special of the day. Look for the blackboard at the front.

Nokka

 

The lunch special on the day we were there was pike tart with potatoes and salad and it was great!

Nokka

Nokka

We have enjoyed several delicious meals at Nokka, and we like this idea very much.

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It is almost summer in Helsinki and there are baby birds everywhere. The weather has been amazing and we have spent some time walking beside the sea. We have seen nesting birds and new chicks making the most of the gorgeous sunny days.

Barnacle geese and their babies.

Birds in Helsinki

One parent on the nest and the other keeping guard.

Birds in Helsinki

Birds in Helsinki

Beside the nesting seagull is a ball of fluff.

Birds in Helsinki

I have never seen a baby seagull before.

Birds in Helsinki

There were 2 slightly older ones nearby.

Birds in Helsinki

 Birds in Helsinki

A Barnacle goose had her nest in the middle of a public beach.

 Birds in Helsinki

This bird was just resting I think.

 Birds in Helsinki

Learning to swim.

Proud parents.

Helsinki birds

This couple was not bothered by people at all,  but when a dog came to close it was a different story.

Helsinki birds

Protecting their babies.

The ducks have babies too.

Helsinki birds

Helsinki birds

Asleep in the shade.

Helsinki birds

The white duck is still here.

Helsinki birds

It is great to see new life everywhere. The birds are quite comfortable near people and go about their daily lives in peace.

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The Katajanokka area of Helsinki was a headland of the Helsinki peninsular until a small canal was dug across the base in the 19th century, making it an island.
The area is dominated by the Uspenski Cathedral.


If you walk past the Cathedral you will find many fine examples of early 20th century Art Nouveau architecture.
I particularly like the roof lines and the decoration. Here are just a few examples.

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

 

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Don’t miss this area if you visit Helsinki. It is within easy walking distance of the main shopping district.

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