Sunny Summer Helsinki

Sunny Summer Helsinki

Helsinki is a very beautiful city. Navigating it by foot is very easy and you can feel the city in just a few steps. No worries! You won’t get lost! And you will certainty enjoy what the city has to offer this summer, with or without the pandemic. So wear your comfortable clothes and walking shoes, and let’s go!

Adults and kids alike enjoy climbing these hill-like shapes at the square by Lasipalatsi. They are mostly sloped so people can walk over them or sit on top of them to enjoy the sunshine. The Amos Rex museum is underneath these structures. Pretty cool, huh?

The skies are perfect today. Beautiful clouds are dominating the skies. It’s a good idea to watch them closely by the Senate Square which is a very short walk from the hill-like structures.

And why not climb up the steps leading to the Helsinki Cathedral and enjoy the breeze from there. You can also catch a glimpse of beautiful Helsinki from here. I don’t know how many steps are there though!

As you go down the steps, you have a selection of places to go for coffee across the street. We chose Café Engel which is situated in one the oldest stone buildings in Helsinki built in 1765. It is an idyllic café with a view of the Helsinki Cathedral and the passing trams.

If you are planning to visit Helsinki someday soon, don’t hesitate to ask me for places to visit in this magnificent city which I call my home and my neigbourhood!

Photos by Ari Vitikainen @ https://www.arivitikainenphotography.com

Conquering the second year of COVID summer

Conquering the second year of COVID summer

Exactly a year ago, I wrote my first blog about the beginning of my summer COVID style. I thought it was the first and the last COVID summer. But here I am conquering this second year and hoping for the best. My work has been very much affected as it involves travels and gathering of people. But we have gone too low that there is no other way but to go up! Let’s conquer this summer in blue! Blue skies, blue sea, blue dress and coffee! 🙂

Holiday by the sea – a weekend in Hanko

Holiday by the sea – a weekend in Hanko

Known for its beautiful archipelago, Hanko is a port town located on the south coast of Finland. This quiet little town has approximately 130 kilometres of coastline. 30 kilometres of which are sandy beaches.

We planned for this trip in such a short time that most of the hotels were already booked. But we got the last room in a hotel which is conveniently located near restaurants. Finding good coffee was a challenge though. We went to a number of cafes which were all serving the normal Finnish coffee so it was a joy to enter this cafe and see a coffee machine. And the coffee was good too!

It was only a short weekend break, just enough to break the everyday routine and busyness. But it was good, just what I needed. I enjoyed the short hikes, beach walks, the nature’s breeze, good food and the change of environment. It was also nice to visit again the beach where we were last summer.

Do you need a quick break today? Go for it!

All photos by Ari Vitikainen at http://arivitikainenphotography.com

A cherry park in Helsinki

A cherry park in Helsinki

One of the joys of Spring is being able to experience the cherry blossom. Although they came a bit late this Spring, it was such a beauty to enjoy. It was wonderful to be able to see them in full bloom here in Helsinki.

The Cherry Park which is located in the Roihuvuori district of Helsinki was opened in 2007. There are about 150 Cherry trees in the park which were planted with the help of the Japanese community in Helsinki. Of course, one of my dreams is to visit Japan during the Hanami season. But for now, I can enjoy this season without traveling far!

All photos by Ari Vitikainen at https://www.arivitikainenphotography.com

Taemin’s amazing concert

Taemin’s amazing concert

Never once in my entire existence in this world would have I expected to have my next live concert online. The last one was in 2019 with Lenny Kravitz in Helsinki. Well, you all know how the story goes and I’ve been missing live concerts ever since. So it was an amazing opportunity to attend Taemin’s Never Gonna Dance concert at 9:00 in the morning in Helsinki.

The concert was no doubt amazing. That one artist singing and dancing simultaneously in perfection was very impressive. I also like how humble he is and very real to his fans. This is my first ever live online concert and I’m happy it was Taemin’s. I’ll never forget this day where I was in Seoul in Helsinki and met Taemin! I won’t lie about it. It felt very emotional and knowing that I was watching with 90,000 fans in 119 countries was an incredible feeling…

Walking on ice

Walking on ice

How else would I spend the late Sunday morning than having a lovely walk on the sea. It was a 6.9 kilometres stroll at +2C. Yes, we can indeed walk on water! Most of Europe has been enjoying the frozen waters. We also have the privilege to enjoy this beautiful winter in Helsinki. Walking on ice is very magical especially when a few months back, this was not at all possible. This is definitely one of the reasons why I love the change of seasons!

All photos by Ari Vitikainen @ arivitikainenphotography.com

Outdoor cafe, anyone?

Outdoor cafe, anyone?

There is nothing like a cup of hot, creamy chocolate in this very cold day. You need a warm blanket and another warm blanket to enjoy it outside. But the experience is worth it. It’s not an everyday occurrence to be sat in -10C but felts like -20C, right? A cafe on the island of Suomenlinna is just the best place to have it. This place is so idyllic and you will like its pink exterior. The cakes were lovely too!

All photos by Ari Vitikainen @ https://www.arivitikainenphotography.com

Daebak! That’s awesome!

Daebak! That’s awesome!

South Korea was on the plan for 2020. COVID-19 was surely not. But as the saying goes, ‘If you can’t go, let it come to you!’ Or did I just make that up…

Can you see the green men shovelling snow?

I always wanted a Daebak box, a seasonal box full of Korean products. It has now became a trend to love all things Korean. Think about all the K-Pop, K-Drama, K-Beauty, K-Food, K-Snacks… However, just as COVID-19 disrupted most of our lives, it also affected the mailing system. My Daebak box was cancelled! So I ended up just admiring each and every photo posted on Facebook about the Daebak box. Beauty products here. K-Pop and K-Drama merch there. Snacks and drinks to enjoy. All awesome, Daebak stuff. I’ve became more and more a fan of the Daebak box with each passing hour, day, week, month…

Then something happened. The Daebak staff opened a portal. A tiny portal intended only for me to order a Daebak collaboration box with Mediheal. Well, I’m not entirely new to Mediheal. I’ve been using Mediheal face sheets for a while now. They are not just for relaxation but they deeply moisturize, taking away the fear of the winter months.

The Daebak / Mediheal collaboration box is a must have. The box itself is so cute and trendy. And the content is absolutely amazing. It gives you the urge to really take care of yourself. Beauty and functionally went perfectly well together in this box. The box is packed full of face sheet masks, eye masks, a foot mask and a hand mask. A face cream, a lipstick, a face mask and sponges are also found in the box. And a plus for BTS fans out there, it also includes the BTS face sheets!

And once you empty the box, there are many creative ways to reuse it. Here is mine. My three purses fit perfectly in the box. How do you reuse yours?

If you don’t want to miss out on South Korea delivered to your home, check out this link. You won’t regret it, I promise! You can also get 5% off on code ELAINE.

All photos by Ari Vitikainen at arivitikainenphotography.com

The beautiful snow covered Helsinki

The beautiful snow covered Helsinki

It was a fun snowy day in Helsinki and an evening walk was all it takes to fully enjoy it. The Old Church Park (Vanha kirkkopuisto) is one of the best places to enjoy the scenic snow in the Helsinki centre. The tree silhouettes against the snow covered ground felt so magical as the old lamps glow their golden lights. The beautiful old buildings surrounding this park add to its elegance. The Old Church Park was a cemetery. There are 48 gravestones visible in the park dating back from 1790–1829.

Walking further is the beautiful Espanade Park which leads to the Senate Square. The snow covered steps of the Helsinki Cathedral was a fun place to just enjoy the scenery and take in the cold, fresh air. But in fact, it was not cold at all. At 0 degrees celsius, my coat felt like a warm sleeping bag.

All photos by Ari Vitikainen @ arivitikainenphotography.com

Finally, snow!

Finally, snow!

The weather did not cooperate as I wanted to during the holidays. Darkness and rain was all it gave. There was anticipation of snow during Christmas which never arrived. But alas! 2020 ended. The new year came. And on the third day, snow appeared. It snowed beautifully, covering the city with its shine and glitter. A feeling of freshness and hope came along with it. The darkness turned into a beautiful Helsinki!

All photos by https://www.arivitikainenphotography.com