Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

November 15, 2011

Sunny day in Helsinki / Día soleado en Helsinki / Jour ensoleillé à Helsinki

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In English:

What can happen on one day visit to Helsinki? Well, quite much. It was in June 2007 when I heard that somebody had donated and put 60 000 Gerberas on the stairs of our Parliament House in pots. So I decided to photograph them. Big surprise for me was to see and meet some famous persons at same time. Let’s look my photos and so You can find out what I am meaning.

En español:

¿Qué puede suceder en una visita de un día a Helsinki? Bueno, bastante mucho. Fue en junio 2007 cuando oí que alguien había donado y puso 60 000 Gerberas en la escalera de nuestra Casa del Parlamento en ollas. Así que decidí fotografiarlos. La sorpresa grande para mí fue para ver y encuentrar a algunas personas famosas en mismo tiempo. Mire mis fotos y estime lo que estoy diciendo.

En francais:

Ce qui peut arriver en une visite d’une journée à Helsinki? Eh bien, beaucoup. C’était en Juin 2007, lorsque j’ai entendu dire que quelqu’un a été donné de 60 000 gerberas et de les mettre sur les marches de notre Chambre du Parlement dans des pots. J’ai donc décidé de les photographier. Grand surprise pour moi a été de voir et de rencontrer quelques personnes célèbres en même temps. Voyons mes photos et vous pouvez donc savoir ce que je veux dire.

Our Parliament House in Helsinki

Our Parliament House in Helsinki

Part of  60 000 Gerberas on the stairs of our Parliament House in pots

Part of 60 000 Gerberas on the stairs of our Parliament House in pots

Tourist and 60 000 Gerberas

Tourist and 60 000 Gerberas

60 000 Gerberas

60 000 Gerberas

60 000 Gerberas

60 000 Gerberas

Tourist

Tourist

Tourist

Tourist

Our Parliament House full with flowers

Our Parliament House full with flowers

Former Chairman of the parliament Mr Sauli Niinisto. Next year our president? Yes, now it is true.

Former Chairman of the parliament Mr Sauli Niinisto. Next year our president? Yes now it is true.

Equestrian statue of Baron, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim Marshal of Finland

Equestrian statue of Baron, Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim Marshal of Finland

Esplanade and the statues

Esplanade and the statues

Tourist  on the Esplanade and the statues

Tourist on the Esplanade and the statues

Esplanade and the statues

Esplanade and the statues

King of Norway Harald V chuckles hands pleased

King of Norway Harald V chuckles hands pleased

VIP

VIP

Queen Sonja and King of Norway Harald V

Queen Sonja and King of Norway Harald V

Left, president Tarja Halonen and next to her King of Norway Harald V

Left, president Tarja Halonen and next to her King of Norway Harald V

King of Norway Harald V

King of Norway Harald V

King of Norway Harald V

King of Norway Harald V

Kiosk

Kiosk

President’s car

President’s car

Royal ship

Royal ship

Royal ship

Royal ship

Royal ship

Royal ship

Royal ship

Royal ship

The royal ship and at background Helsinki with the Market Square

The royal ship and at background Helsinki with the Market Square

The royal ship and at background Helsinki with the Market Square

The royal ship and at background Helsinki with the Market Square

The royal ship and at background Helsinki with the Market Square

The royal ship and at background Helsinki with the Market Square

39 Comments »

  1. So the president has changed for a Mercedes… at my time the cars were Plymouths and Cadillacs if I recall it right.

    Comment by hpy — November 15, 2011 @ 09:45 | Reply

  2. Hi hpy.

    Thank You for Your comment. So it might have been, but I am not remembering it. To me it is like to win a prize when having possibility to take photos from Tarja’s car. My photos were from 1997 and I suppose that the president has today the same Mercedes.

    Have a lovely day.

    Comment by sartenada — November 15, 2011 @ 10:08 | Reply

  3. Some nice photos from the occasion. But I must admit that what really caught my eye was mis-reading that someone had donated and put 60 000 GERBILS on the stairs of the Parliament House.😀

    have a great day.

    Comment by agirs — November 15, 2011 @ 10:24 | Reply

    • Hi Agirs.

      I think that it was a unique donation when thinking the amount of Gerberas.

      Thank You for Your comment and visiting on my site.

      Have a great day You too.

      Comment by sartenada — November 15, 2011 @ 10:34 | Reply

  4. I have never been to close to any Kings before in my life.
    But one day, I bumped into Prince William while I was walking in London.
    I think that counts too…
    Because he will be the future king of England. Ha ha!

    Enjoy your holiday in Egypt.

    Comment by London Caller — November 15, 2011 @ 13:11 | Reply

    • Hi London Caller.

      Thank You. Of course You must count Price William. The day was full of surprises to us and we enjoyed.

      I am just about to organize my 1729 photos. First by daily and later by themes. I know that there are lot of photos to be deleted, but it is always to take “more” photos than too few.🙂

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — November 15, 2011 @ 13:39 | Reply

  5. Sartenada, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment from Egypt.🙂 I will be looking forward to photos on your blog regarding your trip!

    I would have loved to see this display of flowers in person. It is quite impressive and very beautiful.

    Comment by kateri — November 15, 2011 @ 16:20 | Reply

    • Hello Kateri.

      Thank You. The “flower show” on the steps of the Parliament house was really impressive. To see in live some royals is something very “striking”.

      I must consider that someday I show my travel photos to the blue Nile and to “back to the history”, but if there is any interest. Luxor and Aswan were interesting places full with history. You were the first one to announce Your interest to see my travel photos. I am very glad. Well, let’s see…

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — November 15, 2011 @ 17:22 | Reply

  6. You picked a great day to visit Helsinki. The Gerberas were beautiful, massed on the steps of the Parliament building. I’ve never seen a king or president in person, but I did once see the British royal yacht. Perhaps the Queen was aboard at the time.

    Comment by seniorhiker — November 15, 2011 @ 16:29 | Reply

    • Hi George.

      I think that I was lucky indeed when seeing some royals in addition to those Gerberas.

      Thank You. Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — November 15, 2011 @ 17:24 | Reply

  7. Thank you for this wonderful visit of Helsinki Matti… All these flowers are amazing, so beautiful ! I hope you had a great time in Egypt, looking forward to see your photos😉
    Have a lovely day🙂

    Comment by Tamara — November 15, 2011 @ 20:44 | Reply

    • Hi Tamara.

      Thank You Tamara for Your comment. The amount of flowers was really stunning. It was good to know that You are too interested to see my “historic” photos from temple ruins and blue Nile.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by sartenada — November 16, 2011 @ 11:37 | Reply

  8. That’s an amazing floral display, Matti! Great photos! It is so interesting that you could get such close photos of the Chairman, the President and the King and Queen! You had a splendid time with the camera!

    It will be good to see your photos of your recent trip; I will look forward to seeing them!

    Comment by montucky — November 16, 2011 @ 06:15 | Reply

    • Hello Montucky.

      Thank You commenting. Well, my wife was happy that she is together with Chairman (photo not here) in the same photo.

      Now I consider seriously publishing someday my travel photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — November 16, 2011 @ 11:42 | Reply

  9. Beautiful photos of an amazing display of gerbera daisies – wow! And how fun to be close enough to Harald, Sonja and Tarja to get such good pictures. Love the yacht in Helsinki Harbor🙂

    Comment by Elin — November 17, 2011 @ 17:17 | Reply

    • Hi Elin.

      Oh, thank You for Your comment. That’s true was lucky when having the possibility to be so close. Sometimes one can be lucky and to take close-ups from VIPs.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — November 17, 2011 @ 17:55 | Reply

  10. Thank to so much for the honest comments… The first few photos here make me think that its one of the museum in new york… very nice!

    Comment by Hellopalz — November 17, 2011 @ 18:19 | Reply

    • Hello Hellopalz.

      Thank You commenting. As You saw, it was not a museum or was it after all? Well no, but it was the house of parliament, which was decorated with flowers.🙂

      Have a nice evening!

      Comment by sartenada — November 17, 2011 @ 18:33 | Reply

  11. Thank you for visiting my blog and writing comments. I recognize the King and Queen of Norway. They recently visited Minnesota. I did not see them in person. I like you blog 🙂 Judy

    Comment by Northern Narratives — November 18, 2011 @ 04:04 | Reply

    • Hi Judy.

      Thank You. What a coincidence! To me it happens very seldom that I can see important persons so near. Another that kind happened to me in Vatican. There were thousands of people and I saw pope very near to me.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — November 18, 2011 @ 08:31 | Reply

  12. Preciosas fotos de Helsinki, y curiosas las esculturas de “las Meninas” inspiradas en Velázquez.
    Saludos

    Comment by trapatroles — November 19, 2011 @ 16:18 | Reply

    • Hola Trapatroles.

      Muchas gracias por tu comentario. Si recuerdo bien, las estatuas son tomados prestadas para el Festival. Muy bonitas y que me gustaban.

      Saludos!

      Comment by sartenada — November 20, 2011 @ 10:41 | Reply

  13. Qué bellas fotos. Me encanta ver qué día tan lindo hizo para sacar las fotos. La gente importante muy elegante. Bellísimas las flores de tanto colorido y Las Meninas en piedra, muy interesante. Gracias amigo por enseñarnos de una forma tan increíble tu país.

    Comment by Consuelo Quesada — November 19, 2011 @ 19:46 | Reply

    • Hola Consuelo.

      Me encanta tu comentario así mucho que calenta mi corazón muchissímo. Hoy la temperatura es pos la primera vez site grados bajo la zero.

      Saludos cordiales querida amiga lejana.

      Comment by sartenada — November 20, 2011 @ 10:57 | Reply

  14. Matti, you were certainly in exclusive company this sunny day in Helsinki! And all these flowers – impressive!

    Comment by truels — November 20, 2011 @ 15:39 | Reply

    • Hi Truels.

      So nice that You noticed this post in which I “met” royals!🙂

      Thank You. Happy Sunday evening.

      Comment by sartenada — November 20, 2011 @ 16:36 | Reply

  15. These are massive building for sure. How old are they? Imagine the time, effort, and materials it took to construct them!

    Also, what are the huge rock women in the middle of the walkways? I can’t help but wonder how they came to be there.

    And the women with the flowers? Brides? Or just lovely women enjoying their bouquets?

    These photos are definitely different from the others. Big city compared to countrysides, museums, and others you’ve shown.

    Comment by Deli Lanoux, Ed.D. — November 26, 2011 @ 20:07 | Reply

    • Hello Deli.

      Thank You. The house of Parliament was in augured in March 7, 1931. Other houses might be, sorry that I do not know exactly, from the end of late 1800 or from early beginning 1900. If I remember correct those huge rock women were lent from abroad, maybe from Spain. Women in flowers. Well, in photo 16 there is Queen Sonja (Norway). In photo 17 on the left is our president Tarja Halonen.

      Although I live quite near to Helsinki, I do not visit there so often. To me it is a problem to find a parking place for my car. I have found some parking places within half an hour’s walk from the centre of Helsinki In this case we wanted to see all those flowers Gerberas and all other was surprise for us.

      Have a lovely Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — November 27, 2011 @ 10:22 | Reply

  16. Reblogged this on experiênciasdeviagens and commented:
    Já publiquei aqui anteriormente minha passagem por Helsinque (Finlândia) quando estava tudo coberto de neve, mas achei esse blog , que aliás, foi criado por um Finlandês, que nos apresenta lindas fotos de Helsinque no verão…vamos apreciar o contraste de paisagens!
    Ele diz na postagem: ” O que pode acontecer em uma visita de um dia a Helsínque? Bem, bastante coisa. Foi em junho de 2007, quando ouvi que alguém tinha doado e colocado 60 000 Gerberas nas escadas da nossa Casa do Parlamento em vasos. Então eu decidi fotografá-las. Grande surpresa para mim foi ver e conhecer algumas pessoas famosas ao mesmo tempo. Vamos olhar as minhas fotos e saiba do que estou falando”

    Comment by mariagbco — April 5, 2014 @ 04:04 | Reply

    • Olá Mariagbco!

      Obrigado, estou feliz que você fazia encontrar esse meu antigo post.

      Beijos.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2014 @ 12:30 | Reply

      • Eu rebloguei, mas a postagem saiu errado, então vou publicar novamente.

        Comment by mariagbco — April 5, 2014 @ 16:44 | Reply

  17. I fell in love with the harbor’s photos , first , and then with the statues’ ones, and then with the gerberas’ and then …with your entire post!
    Hugs , for Anja too!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — April 5, 2014 @ 09:29 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      It was a pleasant surprise that You did find my old post. Now the former prime minister in one of my photo is our president. Thank You for Your comment.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 5, 2014 @ 12:45 | Reply

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    Pingback by Dia Ensolarado em Helsinque – Finlândia | experiênciasdeviagens — April 5, 2014 @ 22:25 | Reply

  19. Hi Sartenada!
    I did publish it again…did you see it? First, I made a mistake, after I correct it I republished. (http://experienciasdeviagens.wordpress.com/2014/04/05/dia-ensolarado-em-helsinque-finlandia/)

    Comment by mariagbco — April 5, 2014 @ 22:37 | Reply

    • Hi Maria.

      Thank You, I saw it, obrigado, “ótimo.”.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 6, 2014 @ 08:43 | Reply

  20. Wow what a beautiful day! I didn’t know those flowers, what a creative and colorful idea. I like the statues of the ladies in their dresses walking along the Esplanade. Great photos!

    Comment by Tokeloshe — June 26, 2015 @ 19:02 | Reply

    • Hi Linda.

      Thank you following us thru Helsinki streets thru my photos. It was huge amount of Gerberas. A couple years I presented my first post from Oulu where there were 34000 rose bushes on its streets. Maybe You remember it?

      Have a wonderful weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 27, 2015 @ 07:27 | Reply


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