On Saturday 1st we went to Porvoo/Borgå for the third time this year. This time to the Opening of Christmas in Old Porvoo event. It was very nice. The day was sunny and not too cold. The square was packed with people.
Yesterday, Sat 8th, we went to Helsinki/Helsingfors. The plan was to visit three different events. It was a gray day with light drizzle when we left from home. At first we visited the new Helsinki Central Library Oodi which opened on Dec. 6th. There was a lot of people. I tripped right at the entrance ! So embarrasing !
Next we walked to the “Narinkkatori” where the Coca-Cola Christmas truck was on display for the first time in Finland. Despite the rain pouring down there were a lot of people.
Then a visit to the newly opened Amos Rex Art Museum. Oh my, oh my ! The line seemed endless. We were already soaking wet and decided to visit the museum at an other time.
We also this year had the opportunity to enjoy the Christmas concert at the St. John’s church in Helsinki. Cantores Minores, the Choir of Boys and Young Men of Helsinki Cathedral, song Hedvig Paulig, organ Markus Malmgren, conductor Hannu Norjanen.
Last week we visited Helsinki Market Square twice. On Thursday 11th at the Herring Market which ended on Saturday. Yesterday at the Traditional Sailing Ship Day. We went there early because I thought the ships would arrive into the harbor in the morning and I would be able to shoot nice photos. But, by the time we arrived, at about 9:00 am, all already were there. I suggested we go back there in the evening when they they leave but, my husband didn’t like the idea at all. So we didn’t. October so far has been warm and nice. Yesterday it was, for mid. October, an unusually warm, + 17 degrees Celsius, sunny day.
The Helsinki Herring Market is an week long yearly event held in the beginning of October. We don’t visit it every year. But, as it was such a beautiful sunny warm fall day yesterday we decided to go. We arrived about 1:00 pm. There was a fog approaching quickly. It was impossible to see the nearby islands. As walking from the parking to the market place we saw more and more of the islands disappear into the fog. In 30 minutes it was almost impossible to see the ferries in the south harbour. Something I don’t see happen, very often, in the middle of a sunny day. I forgot all about the herring market. I only concentrated on the fog.
In the beginning of last week we saw ads the Funfair Seiterä would be visiting a sport field near us. Only 3 km away from where we live. My husband was kind of joking all the week about taking me there on Saturday. I let it all in the other ear and out the other. On Saturday in the afternoon I said to him, hey, let’s go to there. Hehe-heh, he thought I was joking. Usually it’s me, sometimes saying, don’t you think we are too old for this or that. This time it was him saying it. I said who cares, just let’s go. It’s entrance free and we can leave at anytime. I’m glad we went. It was so nice.
Yesterday we were at the autumn garden fair at Marketta park. Only 7 km from where we live. The last spring and autumn fairs have been beautiful sunny days. Yesterday it was raining. I think there was not as many stands and visitors as usually. Well, we arrived there right at the opening hour at 10 am so maybe there was more later during the day. I didn’t take as many photos as I usually do. It was hard with the umbrella in one hand and the camera in the other.
Sunday afternoon we went to Helsinki to have a look at the two Japanese navy training ships that visited Helsinki during the weekend. My husband wanted to go there already on Saturday but I needed a rest after the Friday tour to Iittala and on Saturday to both Kerava and Oittaa. I promised him, next time there will be a navy visit, we will go there and perhaps also be able to visit onboard. In my opinion all navy ships look the same. My husband says, no, no, they all are different. Hmmm, come to think of, he always says all my sunset photos look the same and I say no, no they all are different 😀