Sunday, 10 June 2012

General Impressions of Helsinki, the capital of Finland

Like Stockholm, Helsinki is located at a major port and surrounded by water. You find this back in town via fresh fish products, restaurants on the water, sailing boats and many bridges. One of the bridges is called “Bridge of Love”. Couples hang a locker to the bridge to show their ethernal love, a similar tradition is maintianed in New York City at the Brooklyn Bridge. Helsinki is a green town with several parks and flower decorations. The local merchants and restaurants are brightning things up by bringing art and unique displays to the local population and visitors. On the market we saw “Belgialainen Vohveli”, which are Belgian Waffles, for us Belgian Nationals it was a funny expression.

Net zoals Stockholm is Helsinki gelegen aan een grote haven en omringt door water. Dit heeft een invloed op de stad, je vindt er verse vis en schaaldieren, restaurants op het water en vele bruggen. Een brug wordt de “Bridge of Love” (Brug van de Liefde) genoemd. Koppeltjes hangen er hangsloten op om hun eeuwige liefde te bewijzen, een gelijkaardige traditie wordt in stand gehouden op de Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. Helsinki is een groene stad met vele parken en bloemen. De lokale middenstand en restaurants maken deze stad levendig en uniek met hun originele decoraties en kunst. Op een lokale markt zagen we een bord met het opschrift, “Belgialainen Vohveli”, wat Belgische wafels zijn. Als Belgen vonden we dit wel grappig.. 
 
Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki

Helsinki


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23 comments:

  1. Artistic finds in Helsinki ! The sculpture is intesting !

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  2. Prima serie vanuit Helsinki...... foto 1 geeft een fraai overzicht.

    groet, Joop

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  3. Mooi, kunstig, gezellig... Een super-reis, Filip !
    Lie(f)s.

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  4. Hi,
    very lovely pictures of a nice town. Many thanks for sharing your pictures with us and giving some tips for traveling...;-)
    Greetings
    J+C

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  5. I have not heard of the lock thing, what an amazing picture to show about it. I love the giant fan, and the gorgeous ship photo, the ship must be my favorite, it is exquisite. The blue flowers are lovely!

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  6. You are certainly getting lots of interesting cities under your belt on this trip.

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  7. did you also see the white-green cathedral, the symbol of the city/ helsinki? have tried some fish too?warm greetings from rijswijk, today was very sunny here:-)

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  8. What a beautiful city! It's so alien to where I am downunder where in the next couple of days I expect to pass Australia's largest cattle station with an area bigger than Belgium!!

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  9. Lovely journey again! I like that bridge of love, with all the locks...I see them in posts, some on fences and such, they are great. I wonder if there are any like that in America?

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  10. The flowers r so beautiful
    The locks n the propeller..very unique

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  11. Very good post. Too bad about the dull weather. English is funny too. A Locker is where you put your clothes in a swimming pool; A Locket you hang around your neck with a keepsake in it: and a lock is to fasten up your love to a bridge? Really? How quaint!

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  12. This looks like such an interesting city!

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  13. belgian waffles are a world wide phenomenon !
    anni

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  14. Lovely. The Pansy's are pretty, nice to see a bed of them growing.

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  15. How fun to see such stuff! Love that giant propellor next to the wall, what an interesting idea!

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  16. Heerlijk om dit te kunnen bekijken. Ben er ooit 2 dagen op cursus geweest en ik zag alleen heel veel sneeuw en het was er ijskoud en dat heb ik altijd jammer gevonden.

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  17. Mooie serie...prachtig stad zo te zien....prima foto's
    Dat van de hangsloten had ik wel eens op TV gezien...
    leuk eigenlijk hè....

    gr. Nieske

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  18. The giant propeller and the anchor next to it are sure attention grabbing. ;)

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  19. Almost missed this blog., I've been so lazy.. :)

    It is nice to look at familiar places in photos. You have taken good pictures.
    The Market Square is a unique place.
    Were you a long time in Helsinki?
    Now here's been a while heat outside, really hot.

    Greetings, orvokki

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  20. Looks like worth to pay a visit... very impressive and beautiful! Christa

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  21. Coucou!!! Très beau reportage! tes photos sont très belles!! as tu goutté les gaufres belges???Juste pour savoir si elles etaient bonnes!! bisousssss

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  22. Like the bridge of love. There is something very similar in the Cinque Terre area in Italy Also, what an amazing propeller.

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  23. adorable city there and fabulous postcards!
    Leia

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