Thought for the day…” The difference between genius and stupidity is…..genius has limits”
” The secret of getting ahead is getting started (Mark Twain).
Two photos today from Helsinki, capital of Finland. Helsinki is one of those cities that you have to discover, for there is a lot that is not obvious on arrival. For one thing, Finland is number one on the world for coffee consumption per capita, and the coffee is good, strong and available everywhere. (Try ‘The Roastery’ on Alexanderkatu for some really good coffee). And to go with the great coffee….some Fazer chocolate (although Karl Fazer was actually originally from Germany). It is also the only city in Finland to have trams and a subway (metro) and is said to have the world’s most northerly metro station. The language is horribly difficult for a foreigner, in winter is is very cold (-25 is not uncommon) and also dark for most of the day, but to make up for this there are some excellent sports facilities, wonderful architecture, good eating places, and the feeling that you have left Europe behind and have crossed into Russia (like when you see the Russian Orthodox churches in Helsinki, with their onion domes). Indeed, parts of Helsinki look so much like Russia that Helsinki used to be used instead of Russia when making films (such as ‘Gorky Park’) until the city council decided that it was not a good idea and stopped promoting it. And if you explore the indoor markets, then you may find things like bear meat for sale as well as the more common reindeer and moose meat. But perhaps give another tradional (but popular) Finnish sweet, salty liquorice, a miss. The city has about 53% women (versus 47% men), and after Reykjavik, Iceland, is the world’s most northerly capital city. More trivia….it was the first country in the world to give women the vote and also the first country to make broadband a legal right for citizens.
and another photo out of the archives….taken just a couple of hundred metres from the previous photo, but months apart….a new photo converted into Black & White, then converted into Sepia to give it the old-fashioned look.
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