Traveling, no; staying, yes! I've had the chance to live in very beautiful and inspiring places, and I will share more on that here.

Friday, 01 May 2015 11:31


After an interminable winter, we are at last seeing some brilliant rays of light at dawn. This morning was no different. As I enjoyed the early morning peace, one of my news feeds lit up with a story that reminded me of another time and place when I was starved for sunshine: Helsinki, the capital city of Finland.

I have very fond memories of that place, so indulge me for a moment while we step back a bit in time.

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Helsinki: a peek

  • Helsinki Cathedral This is probably the most famous building in Finland, located in Senaatintori (Senate Square). I took a peek inside and all I can remember was that is was beautifully austere. Music-lovers will recognize this as the ending point in Darude's video for 'Sandstorm.'
  • Uspenski Cathedral Uspenski Cathedral (Finnish: Uspenskin katedraali, Swedish: Uspenskij-katedralen, Russian: Успенский собор, Uspenskij sobor) is an Eastern Orthodox cathedral in Helsinki, Finland, dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos (the Virgin Mary). Its name comes from the Old Church Slavonic word uspenie, which denotes the Dormition. Designed by the Russian architect Aleksey Gornostayev (1808–1862). The cathedral was built after his death in 1862–1868. The crypt chapel of the cathedral is named after the holy Alexander Hotovitzky, who served as vicar of the Orthodox parish of Helsinki 1914–1917. The Cathedral is set upon a hillside on the Katajanokka peninsula overlooking the city. On the back of the cathedral, there is a plaque commemorating Russian Emperor Alexander II, who was the sovereign of the Grand Duchy of Finland during the cathedral's construction. Main cathedral of the Finnish Orthodox Church in the diocese of Helsinki, Uspenski Cathedral is claimed to be the largest orthodox church in Western Europe.[Wikipedia]
  • Suomenliina This is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands (Kustaanmiekka, Susisaari, Iso-Mustasaari, Pikku-Mustasaari, Länsi-Mustasaari and Långören) and which now forms part of the city of Helsinki, the capital of Finland. Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site. Originally named Sveaborg (Fortress of Svea), or Viapori as called by Finnish-speaking Finns, it was renamed Suomenlinna (Castle of Finland) in 1918 for patriotic and nationalistic reasons, though it is sometimes known by its original name. [Wikipedia]