Midsummer – Juhannus

Midsummer in Helsinki is a curious experience.The city is pretty much deserted, as everybody is in the countryside spending time with friends and family, visiting sauna all night long, drinking lots of beer and Sima etc.. Shops, museums, almost everything is closed and cycling through the empty, quiet streets has a feel of “alien on…

Royals in Helsinki

Even if you don’t know what’s going on, an empty marketplace in Helsinki is a sure sign that something is going on, because the marketplace is “never” empty, unless of course, the place is needed for spectators who want to get a glimpse of the nordic heads of state: the three Nordic royals, the president…

Berlin 1

Long ago, I lived and worked in Berlin, shortly after the wall came down. When I decided to start a family, we left the city, as I couldn’t imagine to raise children there. In those days, playgrounds and sidewalks in Berlin were too often toilets for dogs and garbage cans for heroin needles (unless you…

Best nature photographs 2015

After a disappointing Christmas season, at least with respect to the weather, Finland has arrived at snow and ice. Today -31 °C were reported from North-Karelia. Helsinki is presenting us with mild -13 °C. In any case, one is staying more time inside and it is a good time to look at the new winners…

Silakka Markkinat

The first Herrings-Market in Helsinki was organized in 1743. Still at the end of the 19th century the harbor looked very picturesque with large sailing boats docking at the quay  (see  featured image from the ©Helsinki Museum picture archive). Der erste Heringsmarkt in Helsinki fand 1743 statt. Noch am Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts sah der…

Jättiläiset

Helsinki feiert gerade die Helsinki Festwochen. Dazu gehört regelmäßig die Nacht der Künste. Dieses Jahr war der Hauptevent eine beeindruckende Vorstellung mit zwei 8 m hohen Puppen auf dem Senatsplatz, Mann und Frau, Sehnsucht und Hoffnung, die versuchen, zueinander zu finden (ja klar, happy end). Konzept und Verwirklichung durch BeNoit Mousserion & Bérangère Pajaud: Cie…