Category Archives: Europe

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Hey. I gather I still have loads to share from our trip to Botswana and Zambia (June 2012). And a few stories left from our trip to Finland (March 2012), although I appreciate that it’s a little incongruous to be … Continue reading

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‘The only way is Finland’

I know. I don’t need any convincing but if you do, read on: Society: The only way is Finland. ‘nough said.

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Jeremy Deller: Joy in People – Hayward Gallery, May 2012

Valerie’s Snack Bar, 2009 (via theguardian.co.uk) He wanted it to be ‘a little like living in Britain; annoying, funny, and a bit of a mess.’ (Source: Hayward Gallery exhibition booklet)

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Cat cafe opens in Austria

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Finland – snowshoeing on a sunny day (March 2012)

This was our first time snowshoeing. We loved it. Amazing scenery. I loved walking in the snow, on existing tracks (narrow so you need to watch where you put your feet!) and on new tracks (slightly harder work). So much … Continue reading

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Finland – Aurora Borealis, Nellim (March 2012)

The ephemeral beauty of the Northern Lights. We were supremely lucky. And we know it. The lights came out to play every single night during our stay… with ‘shows’ lasting from 15 minutes to 2.5 hours. I’m now keeping an … Continue reading

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Finland – a week in desserts (March 2012)

Desserts in Fazer, Helsinki (day one) Desserts, Nellim (day two to day four) Desserts, Inari (day five) Desserts, Nellim (day five to day seven) Desserts, Helsinki airport (day eight) So much yummyness…

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Finland – Paatsjoki bridge, near Nellim (March 2012)

Magical, serene and mysterious. For a few minutes, the sun tried to make an appearance, gifting us beautiful reflections. The Russian border and watchtowers nearby added to the experience. (Watch with the sound off if you can) We had the … Continue reading

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Finland – Skolt Sámi Orthodox Church, Nellim (March 2012)

The church is set back from the village. So pretty.

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Finland – a mere few kilometers away from Russia… (March 2012)

A few kilometers from Nellim (Lapland, Finland), the road ends. The border is closed. Which adds to the mystery. This is the closest I have ever been to Russia. Four kilometers I was told. How. Exciting. Is. That.

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