Tallships race 2013

From Wednesday to Saturday Helsinki was a bustling with life.

Sailorboys

Sailors were in town in massive numbers. Reason: Tallship races 2013. Approximately 500k spectators visited the docked ships as well so there was a lot of crowd in the Hietalahti area of Helsinki.

Old school

Old style sailships are a sight to behold. Modern ships are so different. These somehow transfer the feeling of vast oceans and long explorative trips into the unknown much better.

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There were “modern” sailships with steel hulls as well as the old Göthenborg which is a full out replica of a 18th century tallship. Lovely to behold.. It is easy to imagine what the docks of yesteryears looked with many of the old tallships coming and going.

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The rear of the Götheborg.

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Nice masts!

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Colorful fireworks. Such use of colors was apparently the first time done here in Finland. It was a bit too windy unfortunately but still quite beautiful.

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Masts

Large crowds gathered to see the ships as well as meet friends on a Friday afternoon. Ominous clouds in the background. There was also live concerts with Finnish bands such as Don Johnson Big band and Von Hertzen Brothers. All for free as well.

Thunderclouds or just dark clouds?

The clouds made for a extremely moody evening. And a little depressing, I kept thinking will it rain soon? Luckily it did not!

Sea of masts

Smaller sailships were aplenty as well. Visitors from all over the world. Mostly from Europe naturally.

Lifeboat

I just adored this small boat. So endearing.

Moody skies

Lovely, beautiful sky as the sun started to set amidst the clouds.

Jack Sparrow I presume

And lo and behold! Even Jack Sparrow made an appearance. Was the Pearl lost again?

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Old beauty

I love beauty. Of course ever since I was a small boy I also have loved cars. It is just one of those things that boys/men grow up with and love I guess. I seem to have loved all sorts of different cars, I am not for example strictly a sports car or a jeep lover.

Beauty from afar

Older cars do seem to attract the more leisurely side of my heart. Can you not just imagine taking one of these beauties for a spin on a beautiful summer evening, just slowly cruising out of the city and into the countryside while the sun slowly dips towards the horizon. Of course with lovely music filtering through the sound system ”
There’s machines and there’s fire waiting on the edge of town
They’re out there for hire but baby they can’t hurt us now
Cause you’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got, you’ve got my love, you’ve got my love
Through the wind, through the rain, the snow, the wind, the rain
You’ve got, you’ve got my, my love heart and soul”.

Lincoln

Afore mentioned song by the legend, Bruce Springsteen:

Sunset

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Rare are the things as beautiful as sunset. No wonder that they have such a romantic feel for many and the beauty seems best enjoyed in the arms of a loved one.

Somehow most beautiful sunsets come after a stormy day. This particular moment came after two days of rain and the infrequent thunder. Somehow like the rainbows to remind all is well after the storm.

Traveling induced Hiatus in posting…

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IT is holiday season in Finland. Therefore I have been away, visiting some lovely places. I will probably writr a couple of different posts on this when I have had the time to transfer my photos to the computer which I left home so as to really enjoy holiday.

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As usual to fully enjoy vacation it is essential to get out of the normal routines and into different mindscape and hopefully into a different location as well.

As luck would have it I live in the capital of our fair country with excellent connections to the world. No need to drive for hours on end to get to the airport. This also means that almost all European capitals are just a quick hop away. With the advent of Norwegian and Ryanair et al its also relatively cheap to fly nowadays. I still tend to favor Lufthansa and Finnair when possible but usually the destination plays a part in the chosen form of transportation as well.

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Want to take a guess where all of the photos in this post were taken?

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