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 restaurant in Helsinki?

What is the best restaurant in Helsinki? This morning I realized that the answer depends highly on: which list you are looking at. Helsingin Uutiset just published a list of the best “New” Restaurants. Just for fun, I made an excel sheet with an extra two lists for Helsinki. So there is Helsingin Uutiset, where…

Precision landing…

Let’s for a moment forget the romantic Rhine and consider the fact, that the Rhine river is one of the most important shipping routes of Europe. Fully loaded freight ships fighting upstream against the current or happily speeding downstream are a standard sight in Rhine country. I know, women have a bad reputation when it…

Half & Half

Yikes. I haven’t written in a while, because half of my life moved to Germany. Half of my time I will now spend in the beautiful Rhine Valley = wine, castles, carnival and cheerful mentality + Drachenfels (dragon’s rock), Rolandsbogen, Bonn & Siebengebirge (the seven hills) in walking distance, Düsseldorf and Cologne just down the…

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…

Onneksi Olkoon, Suomi!!

Wow, the young lions won the World Championship of ice-hockey AND the Finnish young women the 7th of overall 9 World titles in a sport that I had never heard of before: Ringette. Obviously a more feminine version of Ice Hockey. And both happened last weekend in Helsinki. Here a video of the truly “nail…

Relocation update: Marseille

Marseille is the second largest city in France and the oldest city actually, it is also the largest cruise harbor, so it was paramount to visit. For a change, with all the ancient architecture in this area, I focussed my visit on a very modern building right at the sea front, the MUCEM. The “mistral”…

Relocation update: Aix

Meanwhile, two weeks have passed and I lost track of all the things I have seen. This weekend I took a longer trip to Aix on Provence and then I stopped for a few hours in Marseille. Aix is the historic capital of the Region of Provence and mostly well-known because of Paul Cézanne, who…