The darkest part of the year is over and now it is getting brighter everyday. With some gorgeous light in the day time. Photo taken in Ullanlinna district, Helsinki.
Today we are enjoying a nice mini blizzard so it looks like winter after being a month late, arrived with a vengeance.
Streat Helsinki Eats was a street food festival that had a huge amount of partakers in the weekend in Helsinki. Great food, social life, cold weather!
walking hand in hand, in the rain. (and more of course)
A quick snapshot. A moment of suprise for all parties involved I think.
The weather has been a bit erratic here in Helsinki of late. A couple of days and the temperature dropped from +20 to +2 and there has been a lot of rain, in different forms. Yesterday a halestorm and sleet. Just goes to show how far in the north we really live.
Let me start this post with saying this. We Finns are ODD.. Compared to say most other European countries, we are quite shy, and unsocial even. And then we have days like Restaurant Day of like today, flea-market day. Suddenly everybodys talking with strangers, making sales, generally enjoying a very good time. Its like every chance people get, they make up for the weirdness and unsocial behaviour for the rest of the year. Well I jest, but there is a seed of truth in this.
Anyway, one of Helsinki citys nice boroughs had their yearly traditional flea-market day today. Estimated amount of people buying and selling old stuff was in the region of 10 000. Arriviving a couple of hours late was a good way to avoid the worst congestion. The weather was stupendously nice as well with the temperature hovering close to +20 C. Even the leaves are finally growing in the trees so there was a really good summerly feeling.
A couple of quick snaps to show some of the feeling in the streets. I was not focusing too much on the photography today, more just enjoying the company and the warm day as well as the happy people. A beautiful day.
The Siilitie Metrostation is a new structure with a bit of functional architecture as well.
Every winter there is a ice rink beside the central railwaystation in Helsinki. Skates can be rented a nice fare and there is a cafe beside the rink.
Continuing from the previous post on the Restaurantday, a bit more photos from that day.
Moving on from Esplanadi to Aleksanterinkatu there were a few stalls selling food here as well. Peasoup in one of them..
Towards Kamppi there were more restaurants. Foods ranging from Taiwanese and thai to pancakes and cupcakes as well as chocolate chip cookies. The weather was starting to get even more miserable with the fog changing towards foggy rain.
Different styles, different approaches to selling food. Excellent hot chocolate from the guys in the lower photo.
This was a stall selling Asian vegetarian food.
A bit of Kebab for you,sir? These guys seemed to be having a blast.
The last place to visit as the weather was getting more and more miserable.
Excellent pancakes! Made on the spot on a gas stove. The fillings tasted good! There was even cloudberry in the one I chose. Great job!