Ciao Bella!

P1030138In the second week of May me and mom headed to Italy as her birthday present. The main destination was the hub of renaissance art Florence, but we made excursions to Cinque Terre and Pisa too, and spent two nights in Rome. What a week.

Here are some highlights. The week included lots of beautiful art, towers and of course gelato. I had my small travel cam with me, and oh what joy it brings that I don’t have to carry that heavy SLR of mine. Though I sometimes get frustrated because it’s not as good as my real camera, but as we ended up walking over 10 kilometres every day, the small and light travel camera was for sure the right choice to take along.

My blog posts are kind of rare nowadays, as work and all my other hobbies take up most of the time. So I’d like to post more about Italy later but I can’t promise anything. Another posting topics should be coming up later in the summer too, as I have already booked my next trip for the beginning of August… 😉

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Long weekend in Poland

p1010869Tallinn and Stockholm are probably the most popular destinations for weekend getaways from Finland – close and easy. But for a change we decided to head to Poland, to Gdansk, for a long weekend with J. It’s surprisingly fast and cheap: Wizzair flies there from Turku in a bit over an hour. Flights + 3 nights in a hotel with breakfast was only 150 euros per person so the price tag isn’t bad either.

I’ve been in Gdansk once before, so I had seen the most important sights. Relaxing, eating good food and doing fun things were now on the top of my to-do-list. Poland is a cheap destination for a Finn so to get the most out of it, we decided to visit an Escape room – those are relatively expensive in Finland. Visit to the European Solidarity Centre made sure our hunger for culture was fulfilled.

Btw, I’m starting to think getting a mini-SLR was one of the best purchases I did last year! It’s so light, really saves energy and space when traveling. The pictures don’t turn out quite as good, but good enough – for holidays shots anyway! 🙂

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Dubrovnik – at last!

Oops, I haven’t really been up in the blog for over a month and more accurate post about Croatia are nowhere to be seen – sorry! In August I had two wedding gigs as a photographer and photographing and editing the pictures have taken all my spare time. As much as I enjoy photographing weddings it’s not always easy to work 20 hours on top of the normal 40 hour work week…

I’m quite happy with how some of the wedding portraits turned out, so I hope I get them in the blog at some point too. But before that, since I haven’t had time to write more detailed posts about Croatia, here’s a quick photo diary from our first pit-stop: Dubrovnik.

Oh and even I’ve been busy working lately, I promise it will pay off. I’m working hard now, so that the last two weeks of October I can concentrate on enjoying life in SOUTH AFRICA! So stay tuned for more travel pictures at least by then. 😉

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Sprint in Stockholm

RU6A2437Last weekend I visited Stockholm for a day with my friend. We have both lived in the city for a while, so no sightseeing was really needed, but we did stop at two look-out points when we where waiting for cafe’s and shops to open.

Good food, shopping and spending time together was the agenda for the day. And apparently walking, since by the end of the day my pedometer showed we had walked over 18 kilometres! (Even though we stayed around Södermalm and downtown the whole day.) Apparently it was too much for my body, since now I’ve been home with a flu for several days…

Here’s some shots from our path.

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Prague – The Bird Edition

RU6A0675Prague had a lot of nice birds. I know, what a random subject! 😀 But if you like  birds, Prague is a great place to see them, even if the zoo isn’t on your to-do-list.

On the trip I met with a friend who is living in Prague and she took me to a “secret peacock garden” and to spot by the Vltava-river, where you could feed swans and ducks. Got to really see the local bird-life! 😉

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Chasing the ducks.