We were lucky enough to get a climb of the sun and blue sky in the middle of October so of course you have to take a full advantage of that pretty weather and go for a walk - and photoshooting! The only lack was with time and half of my already long time ago planned ideas are sadly still ideas. Despite all of that, I wanted to share the ones we managed to click to the memory card and do another (almost same though haha?) and more massive shooting when can.

But ey look at this awesome preset from Prezzl I used with my own little twisting! How greatly the sunset comes up. In fact, the preset dyed my hair totally orange where the light hits but I thought it was a bit excessive so I narrowed saturation for that part. Now though I kinda want to put all that glorious orange back as I have been dreaming of that hair color which my siblings were blessed with and I was not hahah.

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Uncategorized, Clothing, Lightroom

...even if there is no beach near around! No, but seriously check out this cool bag my friends have designed among other clothing pieces! The company, MLVR Beach Clothing is originated from Valencia, Spain. You should definitely check their website and Instagram page!

And psst, the bag is in sale at the moment! -> find it here

Bye-ye!

--Karoliina--

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Travel, Travel: what to see, Uncategorized

Few weeks back I got to visit a beautiful exhibition of Jacob Hashimoto in my very own home city. It was the last day of exhibition and packed of people. As we discussed with the employee of Wäinö Aaltonen Museum of Art, it came clear that this phenomenon of people arriving on last possible day is not surprise but rather a rule - and we just strengthen it hahah.

The first photo as well as the triple ones are taken from the middle of one of the most famous pieces by Hashimoto - Gas Giant. This piece of art (in Finland) included 30 000 paper kites and covered the whole room by hanging peacefully down from the ceiling. It was awesome (showing a thumb) experience.

As the exhibition was concentrated on arts made from paper kites, there was several beautiful 3D-boards made of colorful paper kites in addition of gas giant. Nonetheless, you had also opportunity to see other kind of creative works including Never comes Tomorrow and Armada.

If you ever end up to the same city as the exhibition of Jacob Hashimoto's artworks are presented, I highly (!) recommend you to make a quick or a bit longer visit there. At least for me the visit turned up to be for 3 hours as it was so nice just to sit down and watch Gas Giant from different angles.

Hejdå!

--Karoliina--

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Uncategorized, Lightroom

Finally got Lightroom downloaded to my laptop - after trying three weeks! I have no idea what was the problem - or yes I know it was about parent and child folders etc but it still did not work after doing everything and nothing with my skills until magical yesterday night! You can not guess how happy I was, and still am!

So here are bunch of Lightroom playarounds of some photos taken in Spain where I got to be few days during the last week. And this is only the start woopwoop!

--Karoliina-

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Food, Travel, Travel: what to see

Back in June, I had a three day's visit in Budapest for the first time ever. Before the trip, I had heard from various sources how nice and beautiful city Budapest is but still it surprised me totally how great it really was!

While taking the cab from the airport to the city center, I noticed how clean and in a good conditions all roads and streets were. And the best of all, the architecture of the city was just a-m-a-z-i-n-g!

During the cab ride you were also able to see so beautiful buildings as getting closer to the city center. This was also a good way to see some parts of the city were you might no end up as easily if your days are in short.

I got to spend three full days in the city and it was quite good enough time to see the city (if you are willing to spend your time around the city from morning to late afternoon or evening). Our days consisted of these...::

Fisherman's Bashion

Jewish Quarter

House of Parliament

Shoes on the Danube Bank

Opera House

Margaret Island

St. Stephens Basilica

Budavari Palace

Tonava ride

The most beautiful McDonald's of Europe (extremely important one ;))

+The tickets for boat riding needs to be bought in advance so it is good to look around for moving tourist kiosks which can be found next to bigger attractions. Top of these I recommend to try out local goulish soup and Kürtoskalács (a bun-like pastry with optional toppings - I had one with hazelnut!).

--Karoliina--

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Food, Travel, Destination: Croatia

Long time no see! The truth is that I have not even done any trip over a half a year until last week's mini vacay in Split.

In fact this was my second time in the popular Game of Thrones-city. The first time was back in 2015 when I was living in Germany for my exchange year. As it was back then and now, this trip was also length of few days and surprisingly it is enough to experience the city. Of course there is also more to see, do and explore but if you have the capability to narrow your plans to reasonable ones, you can greatly manage to see all during e.g. a long weekend trip.

My friend and I arrived to the airport in the early morning where from we took the airport suffle bus. The bus cost 30 punas (local currency - 25 punas is approximately 2,5 euros) and on the way back from the city to the airport the price was 33 punas (do not ask why there is the price difference hah). The optional way to travel to center is to take a taxi.

We spent the days next to the sea, walked around the city during the evenings and sat down for dinner and drinks during night time. Days went fast but four days took long in the city itself and that is why I recommend to visit some island near-by, do island hopping or take a boat ride. These activities are well adverted in the center area. I also recommend to see Marjan Park area which has small beaches and you can also go there for a run or a walk.

I do not have any other specific recommendations to share expect this pizzeria place called Pizzeria Portas which you have to try out! The price range is not huge and the pizzas are the best!

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Travel, Travel: what to see, Destination: Estonia

I have been longing to visit Tallinn so long and now during last summer I took it as real business to get there. Of course, things are just not so easy so the weekend trip got postponed to Fall!

I did not get taken so much pictures nor got to enjoy fully the tourist walking because the wind was horrible, literally. I had also a bad flu going on for few days which gave me also 39 degrees fever during the night on the cruise. 

Also, I though to be smart when choosing to wear a hat to keep me warm while walking in the windy weather but I forgot the fact that a little bit too big hat and the hard wind are not best combination...That's why pictures were really difficult to take when other hand was all the time holding the hat on my head (see also the two pictures were I am appearing...surprise surprise - holding the hat).

I do not have so much to say what to do and what to see in Tallinn because my exploring was kind of non-motivated thanks to the circumstances. I still want to list below my favourite places of visitation but I also highly recommend to check in TripAdvisor to see more possible activities and places to visit!

Even though I spent the whole day (booked a weekend vacation of one night on the cruise and the second night in a hotel in Tallinn) in Tallinn, I think these places can be also easily squeezed to see during 5 hours visitation which is also one alternative while planning a trip to Tallinn from Finland (Helsinki) with a cruise. 

Attractions free of charge

Old Town of Tallinn

Town Hall Square 

Maiden's Tower

Observation spot "Patkuli"

The City Wall

Toompea Hill

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral

Kiek in de Kök

Oleviste Church

Observation spot "Kohtuotsa"

Paksu Margareta

The gates to Old Town

Also, if you want to do some shopping I recommend to visit Viru-mall and next to it has been expanded another mall with H&M etc. In Viru-mall is also a museum of KGB but somehow I totally forgot till late night. Also if you really like to expierence more down to earth local shopping you should visit Merekeskus and Sadamarket which are near by the port.

++ If I could choose, I think the most ideal visitation time for Tallinn would be Summer time because Old Town has so beautiful and colorful buildings with several nice local cafeterias and restaurants with a terrace or patio. I can ensure that idyllic and romantic vibe of the area is as its best during the hot and sunny days. Or at least I think I would get most out of the visitation during this seasonal time! 

If there is missing some good attraction spot so name it!

AND if you know some good locations, attractions or activities which are possible only during some specific time of the year in Tallinn, share it with others so we can all be again bit smarter during the next vacation :)!


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Destination: Japan, Food

I want to share few restaurant places and areas to visit when you might get hungry in Osaka/Kyoto! I do not fancy myself so much Japanese food and that is why we did not eat so much in any fancy restaurants/cafeterias but here is now few places I remember.

St-Marc Cafe Choco Cro in Osaka - great place to rest your feet while exploring the city or to start day with nice cup of coffee and croissant - or like I did with deeelicious pancakes!

Pablo in Osaka: Great cheese cake to taste! You can go eat in the restaurant or to have a take out - we enjoyed the cheese cake in Minoo park with the view of the beautiful waterfall! The price rate is bit over normal but you can order a small piece of cake or share a dish with a friends.

Yoshinoya in Kyoto - Great spot for fast lunch but still more local than McDonalds right ;)? We had a lunch at this Japanese fast food chain and if you do not need gourmet food, this is the place! Also the price for dishes was like 400-600 yen! And their green tea which came with the food, delicious!

Yodobashi in Osaka or Kyoto - This is super huge (something like 8-10 floors) mall which is great experience to walk through itself. In the one of the upper floors is totally for restaurants and this is a great place to go if you still do not know what you would like to eat and would like to compare different menus under the same roof. Price rate for dishes depends totally on the restaurants but I would say that cheapest dish is for 700 yen and most expensive...well I did not look for those back then haha.

Shinsekai in Osaka - The place full of restaurants! Only negative factor is that every restaurant has exactly same menu and when I am not huge fan of Japanese food so it was bit difficult for me to find place where to eat! The menu consists mostly of fried meat & vegetables and price range is not high!

The good thing in Japan is that they tend to have these visual menus in the window's of the restaurants with identical plastic copies of the dishes. This enables you to get a better picture what are restaurants serving and what are you ordering. Many of the restaurants had also images of the meals in the paper menu when entering in.

Plus! You can even find the stores which makes these plastic dishes in Osaka and buy a magnet or key chain of some food as a souvenirl

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Destination: Japan, Travel

Almost in the heart of Osaka city you can find this incredible beautiful white castle with small details of golden statues and figures. The story of this building has started in 1583 and since that time it has seen a lot by surviving only the main tower of the castle and surrounding city. You can also enter with a fee inside the castle but it is totally renovated with modern style so if you seek more history I believe you will not find it from there - only the great view of Osaka!

The castle area is surrounded by huge stone walls, gates, turrets and moats and huge garden of cherry trees. In July, sadly the cherry flowers are not blossoming but the garden was still beautiful, especially if you realized to find the corner areas and not just walk by the main path.

The only problem for me during this day was (like most of the days in Japan) the heat! While visiting Osaka Castle there is not much shadows to hide to and that is why it is important to have umbrella, hat or cap and water bottle(s) while visiting the place with clear blue sky and shiny day! At least I had water but long pants and black clothes were not the best option for that day and place...I suffered a lot.

Sayonara, Karoliina

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Travel, Destination: Japan

Back to few, and really really delayed, posts of Japan again! I have noticed it is more and more difficult to edit the pictures and create the text what longer the time has passed from the trip itself.

One of the you have to see -places while visiting Kyoto is Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Monkey Park!

Arashiyama area is incredible beautiful while arriving there. No specific reasons to point out but the feeling and balance of the place was something ... beautiful if you can say so? The area is divided in two by a wide river where flows boats (you can attend to those rides!) and the mountain is hiding under bright green trees giving the impression of a high green wall which reaches the sky.

We did not eat in the area but did try the famous and aesthetically beautiful caféteria called Arabica (%) (caféteria can also be find in Kyoto). The ice latte was great add to gain energy and ease the feeling of high temperature.

In the Internet, it is highly recommended to visit the bamboo forest during super early hours to avoid the crowds but I can ensure that it is as amazing to walk through with other tourists - for sure it is less magical and more difficult to take breathtaking and fairytale-liked pictures but in my opinion you can still enjoy it fully if you wake up at 10 am and not 5 am. The walk through the bamboo groves does not take so long time and that's why we walked the route back and forth and then continued to Monkey Park.

The monkey park is located in the top of the mountain in Arashiyama, in the other side of the river than bamboo forest. To get to the park you have to do a sweaty hike (well at least it was it for me with +35 degrees). The walk up there took something like 30 minutes with stops. The entry fee was 550 yen which was paid before hiking up. You also got a voucher which told how to act among monkeys and a handhold paper fan which was in high use for me while hiking (and sweating) top of the mountain.

The experience in the monkey park itself was nice; you can walk among them (but be aware all the time - they are still wild animals!) and go inside a small house where from you can buy fruit snacks to feed them through the barriers. Up from the mountain is also beautiful view of the city.

With over a hundred wild monkeys running wild free among yourself, it is a cool experience in my opinion but of course it is totally up to yourself is it worth of 550 yen. But, if you are visiting Arashiyama during summer months, you can be as lucky as us in July and witness also two dozens baby monkeys!

A good reminder to behave well among the monkeys is the situation which I saw aside while our visit: one younger girl (for sure also more children) was kind of too positively aggressive and close for one monkey and for revenge it peed on her from the tree...exactly. Good to end the selling speech of Arashiyama here, haha!

I have to also recommend that if you want to send some unique and beautiful postcards from Japan, buy those from the older local man who is selling his own painted pictures as postcards in the path of the bamboo forest. A postcard costs only 100 yen and by that you will also support a small entrepreneur and artist who is the sweetest ever! He had also a world map where he marked where from his customers are coming from - so cute!

IMPORTANT TIP: If it is sunny and hot day without any clouds in the sky so take an umbrella or hat/cap with you, Arashiyama is really open place despite of all the trees and the heat feels really strong (expect in the shadows of bamboo groves). And, waterbottles!

Check the website called Inside Kyoto to see how to get easily to Arashiyama (we used the 30 min bus ride and it was handy and easy) and what other places you can visit in Arashiyama area because there is also several temples, bike-renting et cetera!

Sayonara, Karoliina

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