Finnish Winter Through a Lens

After looking through pictures from our recent trip to Finland, I realized it would be a crime not to share the beauty of this country with you. Since I am not a criminal, here you go…

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Helsinki Chapels — Part 1 (Temppeliaukio Church)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFinland is known for a distinctive minimalist design and style aesthetic. The look is clean, functional, and beautiful.  Each time I visit I am excited to envelop myself in this simple yet complex aesthetic. As luck would have it, on our last visit to Helsinki my husband and I were there on a Sunday which meant we got to attend church in one of the world’s most unusual chapels, Temppeliaukio Church (or “Rock Church”).

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Declaration of Christmas Peace

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEvery nation has its own unique and special traditions. It brings an extra spice to the country and unites its people. One such tradition is the Declaration of Christmas Peace and is an integral part of the Christmas celebration in Turku, Finland. A tradition that dates back to roughly 1320.

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Park Hotel, Turku, Finland

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATurku is the oldest city in Finland and the country’s original capital (Helsinki became the capital in 1812). It is also where you will find The Park Hotel. This quaint, boutique-style hotel is situated in the heart of the city at the end of a quiet street that leads to a small neighborhood park (hence the name?). If you are planning a trip to Turku, this is the place to stay.

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Happy New Year, 2015!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHappy New Year! I cannot believe it is already 2015. Time really does seem to fly as I get older — just like my Nana said it would. At this rate, I should hit warp speed somewhere around 75 years old.

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It’s a date!

Two of my husband’s favorite things are dates (the fruit) and hot weather. Being from Finland, he says his bones are still trying to thaw out. That explains our “exploration” drive through Desert Hot Springs a few months back.

As I smashed my face as close as possible to the cool air shooting from my side of the car’s air conditioning vent, he happily tapped along to the radio and periodically pointed out different vistas in the ever heating desert scape. Suddenly, perhaps because my face was only inches from the windshield or maybe because of my eagle eye for anything food related, I spotted a small sign for dates with an arrow pointing down a quiet road. We decided to explore and how wonderful that we did!

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