Näytetään blogitekstit, joiden ajankohta on 2016.

A cat for every month in my home made cat calendar - Happy New Year for everyone

If you don't have your own cat, you can go to the cat coffee shop or to The Cat's Republic. They are great places.

I dont't have my own cat, but as a kid I had them always, sometimes many. I learn to know how crazy,clever,stubborn, independent, wild,wise andsweetthey are.

When I nowadays want to meet a cat I go to the a coffee shop. In Finland we have two very nice cat coffee shops, one in Helsinki and one in Tampere.

Sometimes I travel to Tallinn where there is a cat coffee shop or to Saint Petersburg where you'll find a  whole Cat's Republic.

I take my camera with me and ask kindly the cats sit down and be my models when I take photos. But what they do: they turn  their backsorgo to sleepunder a chairor into a basket.

I have to bepatient and wait fora long time to get a picture where the cat has his eyes open. If I'm very lucky I'll get a smile from a cat. Then I'm very happy.

To  share myjoywithall catloversI made acalendarwith acatfor eachmonth ofthe year…

Old photos by Signe Brander show what kind of city Helsinki was one hundred years ago

Congratulations. Finland celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2017. Many events and fireworks will be organized for the anniversary. But what kind of Finland we had a hundred years ago?
Respected female photographer Signe Brander saved views of the city Helsinki in her photos in the early 1900s.

Today Helsinki is an urban city, but by that time our capital  was still poor, and the city had a lot of wooden houses. Here and there was valuable stone houses that still exist.

Helsinki City Museum has saved nearly a thousand Signe Brander's photographs.
You can see and feel what kind of city Helsinki was before the independence declaration and
shortly thereafter.

Photos Signe Brander Helsinki City Museum

Snow creates beautiful landscapes - Helsinki is dark and without snow but in Lapland you can see a lot of snow

Snow is beautiful and makes the landscape peaceful. Just now we don't have at all snow in Helsinki in Finland. Every third Christmas is without snow in Helsinki.

But if you go to Lapland there is plenty of snow and also plenty of tourists from all over the world. People coming to Lapland may see snow for the first time in their life. Then you have to learn to ski and walk in the snow, it might be slippery.

In photos you can see the snow where ever you are.

Photos: Sirpa Pääkkönen

Merry Christmas with two beautiful quite new Christmas songs - Satu Luomajoki, vocals, Sergei Sokolov, composer, Sirpa Pääkkönen, lyrics


Christmas is the most important celebration of the year in Finland - Santa Claus brings the presents

Merry Christmas from Finland!

For Finns the Christmas is the most important celebration of the year. Families gather together and celebrate Christmas Eve.

In the old town of Turku, the former capital of Finland, a special ceremony is held to declare the beginning of Christmas peace period, starting at 12 o'clock noon on Christmas Eve and lasting for twenty days. The citizens are wished a merry Christmas and prompted to spend the Christmas time peacefully, avoiding noisy and rowdy behavior.

Children watch the animation Snowman in television and wait Santa Claus. Actually Santa Claus speaks and reads Children's letters on television in the morning.

The Christmas Eve many people visit cemeteries and light candles on the graves of their relatives. The cemeteries look like a sea of candles on white snow, if there is snow. In Helsinki there is no snow just now.

Sauna is important for Finns and the Christmas sauna is a special tradition. The sauna has a purifying effect for body and s…

The Forbidden City in Beijing is the most popular museum in the world – 15 million visits last year, the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg had 3,7 million visits

In recent years, the world's most visited museum has been the Forbidden City Palace Museum in Beijing, China. The annual number of visits has risen there up to more than 15 million. At the forefront of the world has long remained the Louvre in Paris (8.6 million visits in 2015). Northern European museums overwhelming number one is the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg (3.7 million visits in 2015).
These data derive from Statistics Finland'scultural statistical table package.
The Palace Museum in Beijing is located in the imperial palace of the consecutive Ming (1363-1644) and Qing (1644­-1911) dynasties. The architectural complex is also known as the Forbidden City in the middle of Beijing. The museum has vast holdings of paintings, calligraphy, ceramics and antiquities of the imperial collections. In 1987the museum was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
According to Statistics Finland going to museums has increased in many countries. For example, visits to museums in Eston…

Christmas cards create the image of Christmas – see the old traditional Christmas cards by artist Martta Wendelin

You can easily send Christmas greetings by email or by Facebook but old traditional printed Christmas cards create a special atmosphere. In Finland people send 30 million Christmas cards last year and now it’s time to send them again.

Every year designers develop new pictures for Christmas cards in which the elves and Santa Claus make adventures, stars shine, candles give warm light and Christmas trees are decorated.

In addition there are traditional Christmas cards designed by famous artists like Marta Wendelin. She drew about 650 Christmas cards between 1931-1963. She shaped the image about traditional Finnish Christmas - how it looked like over 50 years ago when Finland was still very much an agricultural country. Here you see some of her Christmas cards.

You can spend a day in the Russian Museum with the paintings of Ilya Repin, Isaac Levitan, Marc Chagall, Wassily Kandinsky, Kazimir Malevich....

In Saint Petersburg you’ll find about 400 museums. It’s a great adventure to search them. You’ll get to know many small museums like Bread museum, Vodka museum and many artists' home museums. And then there are big historical museums with thousands of pieces of art like The Hermitage and The Russian Museum.
I've seen many of the museums in Saint Petersburg and I like them very much.
If you have plenty of time you can spend a day in The Hermitage or in The Russian Museum
The State Russian Museum is the largest depository of Russian fine art in Saint Petersburg. It is also one of the largest museums in Russia.
When you watch the historical paintings you watch at the same time history through the eyes of artists. Many paintings are full of details and they give a shape for historical events, how artists imagine they have happened. You can also see how the styles change and the artist make great creative inventions how to describe the world or internal experiences.
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The story of music from the gramophones to the modern ways to listen to the music - a nice exhibition at Hakasalmi villa