Tate Modern

This time in London I visited the very first time in Tate Modern.  And it won’t be the last time for sure! Even approaching the museum was a joyable journey: first there were magnificent buildings on the street view and then the millennium bridge over the Thames to Tate. And the art in the museum are worth of seeing.

Approaching to museum

 

Some pictures of art pieces in the museum

P.S. And couple of pictures from my other favourite museum as well (British Museum) which I visited again

SUP from Paddington Basin to Camden Lock

The very first summer vacation week this year I spent in London.  London is so nice city, there is a lot to see and lot’s of different kind of activities to do.  This time I did a SUP journey in a canal from Paddington Basin to Camden Lock via Little Venice and London Zoo.  There are you not alone, there are lot’s of canal boats, electric GoBoats and even some cayaks going around so you need to be very careful and take a good attention all the time. It had been a hot summer and not that windy so there were lot’s of weed on the some areas of the canal.  It was really hard to paddle through the weeds specially for the first one in a row.

What was really exciting was the long and dark canal in Little Venice.  The canal is 249 meters long and it was so dark. The experience was really something! Never done something like that before.

Also it was fun to paddle through the London zoo: we saw some exotic birds and hyenas too.  We paddled 9 km and it took three hours, there were some waiting times to let big canal boats to go first. After the trip I was hungry and tired, dropped by the Petit Pret to take a take away salad and went to eat and sleep in my hotel room.  Good exercise during the city holiday!

 

Enjoying summer just in one hour (Oslo)

After a very good working day in the Oslo office, I had a one hour before to need to leave for the train to airport.  So I decided to enjoy summer in Lysaker, Oslo.  And with an right attitude, and perfect weather, a sea and a terrace you can do that just in one hour.  See the pictures below and feel the Norwegian summer!

Walking

At harbour

More winter fun!

Today the sun was shining so nicely that my mind is thinking and waiting for starting the SUP year 2018.  There has been so cold for couple of weeks so that every lake, river and also the sea nearby Helsinki is frozen, so we need to wait couple of weeks/months to be able to paddleboard in Finland. But it is coming…

Meanwhile you can enjoy the winter.  This week I have visited one modern art museum again, this time in Helsinki called Kiasma.  There are several interesting exhibitions which are worth of seeing indeed. During the weekend I skied in Kirkkonummi, Peuramaa Ski and was also iceskating in Tapiola.  This time Tapiola was bathing in the sunlight and that’s why my mind is already in the coming spring time.

Here are some photos taken these visits:

Kiasma

Outdoor activities

 

Winter fun!

This weekend you have surely been able to enjoy the winter big time in Finland, weather has been excellent for outside activities. Myself I went iceskating on Saturday and downhill skiing on Sunday. Extra to that I visited a great museum in Espoo: EMMA (Espoo Museum of Modern Art).  Even SUP is in it’s own league all of these was super!

See some pictures underneath from this weekend’s activities,  I can highly recommend all of them.

EMMA (link to webpage)

Tapiola Ice Garden (link to webpage)

VihtiSki (link to webpage)

Waiting for the summer…

…and having winter fun!

Long time no seeing!  There are two main reasons for that. First it is wintertime and you do not SUP a lot at that time in Finland.  And secondly I have been thinking what to do with this blog in the future because there will be a change in my marital status. But as ancient Romans said “Navigare necesse est, vivere non est necesse”, men come and go, SUP stays. So here I am again.

And I have done some stand up paddling during the winter: I visited in London in December and took a part in Active360’s Christmas paddling on the river Thames and it was so fun! First we paddled against the tide for an hour and half and then we came back in twenty minutes.  It was a big surprise to me that a tide makes that a big difference.  Even so it did not feel hard, there were no waves to make hard time with balance so it was easy anyway, you needed just arm muscles and abdominals.

The river Thames was beautiful even it was grey winter day. We saw birds and bird nests on the top of the trees, but not any seals at that time.  It was heavenly to be on the SUP board again. Waiting for the next summer, and enjoying winter iceskating and downhill skiing meanwhile.

Photos: Anu Aladin

What a lovely SUP in London!

A holiday week in London was really nice even the weather was colder than expected, it was almost freezing.  Finally also the SUP session with Active360London was set for Wednesday . The weather on Wednesday was nice and sunny (and it got warmer day by day). The location for SUP was Paddington Basin and Little Venice where long river boats are more typical view than paddleboards.  River boats are lovely and traditional way of transportation in canals in the UK, SUP is a new way to enjoy the beauty of the the rivers. Furthermore the Active360 has a river boat as a base station at Paddington Basin.

The session started at 6.45 pm and the sun was shining when we left from the pier in the Paddington Basin.  The scenery was varying from very urban ones to greener ones along the trip.  Also plenty of birds live in the riversides (e.g. swans and gooses).  The darker side of the urban canal is all the junk and trash which ends on and in the water.

The session was definitely lovely, first half was relaxing and easy and the second half a good exercise against the wind.  And the people were extremely nice! People who all share the passion for SUP. Loved to meet you all Sam, Sarah, Charlie and the two ladies! And welcome to Finland, let’s have a SUP together here as well!

 

Getting ready:

 

And go:

And the paddled route (includes also an underground trip to Paddington Station :)):

Enjoying a frost day in Fiskars

Fiskars Village is a rustics and idyllic village in a south-west Finland.  There a some artisanal shops, workshops and cafeterias in a landscape full of beautiful trees and a nice river.  Most visits we have done in the area have happened during a summertime, but today we visited there in a nice cold winter day.  It was a little bit chilly, the sun was not climbing high but gave still a clear and bright light for the whole area. We visited for the first time a cafeteria called Petris chocolate room. It was furnished a really lovely way with wooden picturesque tables and coffee was served in cups with flower ornamentation. The macarons were not the best I have tasted, next time I will try some homemade chocolates, those looked delicious.

Beautiful winter at SUP lake (Lake Matildanjärvi)

Beautiful December morning in Mathildedal village.  The lake I use to paddle in summertimes is frozen, and the scenery is stunning.  Even I cannot wait the summer to be able to paddle again I love winters as well.

After walking in a winter wonderland you can have a cup of coffee in a cafeteria (Kahvila Kyläkonttori & Puoti) by the sea in Mathildedal Marina area.

 

Enjoying life in Spain

This weekend I was invited to join to my Spanish friend’s birthday party in Navacerrada, Madrid, Spain. Timing was good because the autumn season has arrived in Finland. It was still summer in Spain even the nights are getting chilly there. The daytime temperature was 25 and the sun was shining warmly,  that is definitely summer for me.

Madrid and Navacerrada are located so that I couldn’t do any SUP there. But I enjoy the visit in many other ways.

Navacerrada:

On Saturday we visited in La Granja and Segovia. La Granja de S. Ildefonso is a royal palace and Segovia is a really, really beautiful town both in north from Madrid. To get there from Navacerrada, a holiday village 50 km north from Madrid as well, was needed to drive up to one mountain and going down. In Segovia there is a magnicifient aqueduct built by ancient Romans. It is a beauty and impresses everybody.

In Segovia itself is a nice Spanish town with cafeterias and restaurants, we ate well at a very nice one and had a cup of coffee in Plaza Mayor. Also there are couple of great buildings to see and visit: Cathedral and Alcazar.

La Granja:

Segovia:

On Sunday I spend a day in Madrid and visited a park called Retiro. There is a nice artificial lake where you can hire a rowing boat to enjoy the view. (No SUP available). I really enjoyed the moment, the temperature was bit higher than in up to mountains.

Madrid:

P.S. The birthday party on Saturday night was an once in a lifetime experience.  House and location were so beautifull, food was excellent, music was good, dancing was so fun and people made me feel so welcome. Thank you Paz and Federico for the party!