Travels in Finland and abroad

October 23, 2019

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

In English:

These are farewells to this lovely island

We moved to a city next to Helsinki called Espoo. From Espoo it takes only 13 minutes by train to central Helsinki. In 2026, Helsinki and this island will get a tram connection. Then we’ll be back on the tram.

A little sadly, I remember the time when we lived on this island, which provided us with beautiful scenery, stunning seaside cliffs to walk on, wild flowers, forest paths to hike. These memories remain in our hearts for a long time, but new adventures invite us.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on what the last picture shows. Thank you all for exploring this island through my photos! Goodbye Laajasalo!

At the end I will you give links to previous messages.

En español:

Estas son las despedidas de esta hermosa isla

Nos mudamos a una ciudad al lado de Helsinki llamada Espoo. Desde Espoo, se tarda solo 13 minutos en tren al centro de Helsinki. En 2026, Helsinki y esta isla tendrán una conexión de tranvía. Luego volveremos en tranvía.

Un poco triste, recuerdo el momento en que vivíamos en esta isla, que nos proporcionó hermosos paisajes, impresionantes acantilados junto al mar para caminar, flores silvestres, caminos forestales para caminar. Estos recuerdos permanecen en nuestros corazones durante mucho tiempo, pero nuevas aventuras nos invitan.

Me encantaría saber tu opinión sobre lo que muestra la última imagen. ¡Gracias a todos para explorar esta isla a través de mis fotos! ¡Adiós Laajasalo!

Al final le daré enlaces a mensajes anteriores.

En francais:

Ces sont les adieux à cette belle île

Nous avons nous installé à une ville à côté d’Helsinki appelée Espoo. D’Espoo, le trajet jusqu’au centre d’Helsinki ne prend que 13 minutes en train. En 2026, Helsinki et cette île auront une connexion de tramway. Ensuite, nous serons de retour en tramway.

Je ressens de la tristesse, je me souviens de l’époque où nous vivions sur cette île, qui nous fournissait de beaux paysages, de superbes falaises côtières sur lesquelles marcher, des fleurs sauvages, des sentiers forestiers pour faire de belles balades . Ces souvenirs restent longtemps dans nos cœurs, mais de nouvelles aventures nous attendent.

J’aimerais entendre vos commentaires sur ce que montre la dernière photo. Merci à tous pour explorer cette île à travers mes photos! Au revoir Laajasalo!

À la fin, je vous donnerai des liens vers les messages précédents.

Em Português:

Estes são os adeus a esta bela ilha

Nós nos mudamos para uma cidade próxima a Helsinki chamada Espoo. De Espoo, leva apenas 13 minutos de trem até o centro de Helsinque. Em 2026, Helsinque e esta ilha receberão uma conexão de eléctrico. Depois voltaremos de eléctrico.

Um pouco triste, lembro-me do tempo em que vivemos nesta ilha, que nos forneceu belas paisagens, deslumbrantes falésias à beira-mar para caminhar, flores silvestres, caminhos florestais para fazer passeios.em nossos corações.

Eu gostava muito de saber a vossa opinião sobre o que a última foto mostra. Obrigado a todos para explorar esta ilha através das minhas fotos! Adeus Laajasalo!
No final, darei-lhe links para mensagens anteriores.

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Farewell Unknown Helsinki / Adiós Helsinki desconocida / Adieu Helsinki Inconnue / Adeus Desconhecido Helsinque / Helsinki desconhecida

Espoo-Leppävaara-Finland

Espoo-Leppävaara-Finland

View from our window. The distance from our building to this high-rise building is about 100m / 109yd. Two nearest building will be constructed to the distance of 80 m/ 87yd.The area is under construction, but its zoning is planned to be a wide area, meaning that buildings are not wall to wall. The houses are not close to each other, i.e. there is no possibility to view what gourmet food neighbors are preparing!

View from our window. The distance from our building to this high-rise building is about 100m / 109yd. Two nearest building will be constructed to the distance of 80 m/ 87yd.The area is under construction, but its zoning is planned to be a wide area, meaning that buildings are not wall to wall. The houses are not close to each other, i.e. there is no possibility to view what gourmet food neighbors are preparing!

Our residential area. Video length 1:12

Unknown Helsinki 1

Unknown Helsinki 2

Unknown Helsinki 3

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72 Comments »

  1. Beautiful!

    Comment by cindy knoke — October 23, 2019 @ 07:11 | Reply

    • Hello Cindy.

      Thank you for your kind comment.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 07:13 | Reply

  2. Beautiful scenery, a place I would like to visit!

    Comment by Peter Klopp — October 23, 2019 @ 07:25 | Reply

    • Hello Peter.

      I am glad that you loved my post. Thank you.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 07:34 | Reply

  3. 1. Hello! Has this island been developed and has lost its beautiful nature? Beautiful nature will not return anymore. That’s very sad. Have a good day!

    Comment by wakasahs15th — October 23, 2019 @ 07:32 | Reply

    • Hello wakasahs15th.

      This Island – Laajasalo is developing fast. Its nature offers for a visitor beautidul nature. This I have shown in four previous posts which I added links at the end of this posts. During the years we have crisscrossed its every path, which means we know it thoroughly. We had our own personal reasons to leave it. When the bridge from the center of Helsinki connect this island, then it has changed its faces and we will find much new and interested things.

      Here is the presentation of the future bridge. The length of video is 5:12. It is awesome! Although it is in Finnish, it shows very well this plan!

      Crown bridges – Tram connection to Laajasalo

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 07:57 | Reply

  4. Hello Mr. Matti,
    I have bittersweet feelings to say “goodbye” to this beautiful island Laajasalo.
    It was a real pleasure to explore some areas of “unknown” Helsinki area through your photos. I loved the abundance of nature of this area.

    Your current town Espoo seems to be a lively place, with active development of the area. The view from your window is very striking, we can see a clear view of the progress and growth in the town.

    I wish you a good day and good week!

    Comment by T Ibara Photo — October 23, 2019 @ 07:46 | Reply

    • Hello Takami.

      I just explained to Wakashas15 our reasons to leave this beautiful Island. I copy my answer here: “This Island – Laajasalo is developing fast. Its nature offers for a visitor beautiful nature. This I have shown in four previous posts which I added links at the end of this posts. During the years we have crisscrossed its every path, which means we know it thoroughly. We had our own personal reasons to leave it. When the bridge from the center of Helsinki connect this island, then it has changed its faces and we will find much new and interested things.

      Here is the presentation of the future bridge. The length of video is 5:12. It is awesome! Although it is in Finnish, it shows very well this plan!”

      Crown bridges – Tram connection to Laajasalo

      I am sure that Espoo offers us much to explore!

      Thank You commenting. Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 08:03 | Reply

  5. Your photos bring back happy memories of our time in Finland. However, I couldn’t see the last video (as it appeared as just a thin line).

    Comment by Alittlebitoutoffocus — October 23, 2019 @ 08:18 | Reply

    • Hello Mike

      Thank you. Well, lets try this way:

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 08:20 | Reply

      • cette vidéo montre le tramway qui sera en place en 2026, c’est ça? quel projet!
        je n’aime pas trop la dernière photo de ton article car je préfère les paysages dans la nature 😉 les grands immeubles me mettent mal à l’aise
        belle journée et grosses bises, matti

        Comment by malyloup — October 29, 2019 @ 11:58 | Reply

        • Bonjour Maly.

          C’est un projet énorme en effet. La longueur du pont sera d’environ 1200 mètres. Ce sera le plus long pont en Finlande.J’espère que tes vacances se sont bien passées. Je suis fier de cette image, parce que les murs de la maison sont droites. En photographiant de grandes maisons n’est pas toujours facile à cause des distorsions. Je vous remercie pour vos aimables paroles.

          Bon journée et Gros bisous.

          Comment by Sartenada — October 29, 2019 @ 12:39 | Reply

  6. I enjoyed your photos of nature but I was also blown away in front of the blue sky of the 1st image.
    Have a nice day

    Comment by Yoshimiparis Photographie — October 23, 2019 @ 08:44 | Reply

    • Hello Yoshimi.

      Thank you for your praising comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 09:02 | Reply

  7. Hello Matti, I enjoyed viewing your photos and the videos. I hope that you will soon settle in Espoo and enjoy living there. As you are probably aware, Espoo is where I have stayed on most of my visits to Finland. I love it so much and look forward to having an opportunity to return before too long. Have a good week and enjoy the autumnal colours whilst they last. Marion

    Comment by Little Miss Traveller — October 23, 2019 @ 09:26 | Reply

    • Hello Marion.

      I remember that you stayed in Espoo in Tapiola, if I remember correct. My wife to Tapiola recently for Italian course. She wanted to learn Italian and I am glad for it. She speaks more languages than I! Thank you commenting!

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 09:31 | Reply

  8. Such beautiful photos as ever, Matti, and I can understand your sadness at losing your island. But knowing you, I’m sure you will find beauty elsewhere.

    Comment by Stella — October 23, 2019 @ 09:30 | Reply

    • Hello Stella.

      Thank you for your kind words! I am glad that you loved my post and understood me.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 09:38 | Reply

  9. Decir adiós siempre es triste, Matti, pero también es muy ilusionante comenzar nueva vida en otra ciudad. Muchísimas gracias por este hermoso recorrido urbano y paisajístico. Que os vaya muy bien y todo sea felicidad. Un gran abrazo.

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — October 23, 2019 @ 09:59 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Gracias por dejar tan amables palabras! Me alegra que hayas seguido nuestra aventura en esta isla: Laajasalo. ¡Que tengas un buen día!

      Un abrazo.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 10:05 | Reply

  10. Hello (^^)
    You lived on a nice island. Please visit there in the future.
    Thank you for showing the landscape of flowers and greenery surrounded by water and forest.
    Have a good day.

    Comment by saganhama — October 23, 2019 @ 11:46 | Reply

    • Hello.

      I am glad that you, that you loved my photos presenting the Island of Laajasalo. ありがとうございます.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 23, 2019 @ 12:10 | Reply

  11. The area is more and more built . However I hope they preserve the wild nature by the sea or the lake where you were walking .
    Je me pose une question: Etes-vous Finlandais ou êtes vous de touristes en Finlande .
    Amitiés
    Michel

    Comment by fauquetmichel — October 23, 2019 @ 14:13 | Reply

    • Bonjour Michel.

      Je vous remercie pour votre aimable commentaire. J’aime votre question, car nous sommes finlandais et votre question montre que mon français n’est pas si mauvais! Le français est mon dada. 🙂 En 1975, j’ai acheté mes premiers livres français à Paris. Depuis lors, j’ai environ 1500 livres en français. Chaque soir avant de dormir, je lisais une heure un livre en français. C’est ma façon de maintenir mes compétences en français. La langue française est une langue très intéressante et difficile. Mon intérêt pour français a commencé, quand mon fils et sa fille ont commencé à l’école française à Helsinki. Ils parlent le français comme les français, mais je seulement le baragouine. J’aime aussi la musique française, de bon vieux temps présentée par Mireille Mathieu, Georges Brassens, Léo Ferrè, Yves Montand, Henri Salvador, Sylvie Vartan, Johnny Hallyday, Serge Reggiani, Jacques Brel, Dalida, Manu Chao et quelques autres. Plus d’informations sur la page About me.

      Bonne journée à vous.
      Cordialement,
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 06:39 | Reply

      • Tous mes compliments pour ton attachement à la langue française , Matti. . J ‘ espère que tu vas continuer ton blog qui nous a fait découvrir la Finlande.
        Amitié
        Michel

        Comment by fauquetmichel — October 24, 2019 @ 07:55 | Reply

        • Merci pour les mots encourageants. Tu m’as rendu très heureux!

          Amitié,
          Matti

          Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 08:14 | Reply

  12. The island is absolutely beautiful as your photos show us. It’s always a little sad when development takes over the natural landscape of an area, but I’m glad that steps are being taken to keep the new developments from being too crowded together.

    Comment by seniorhiker — October 23, 2019 @ 16:10 | Reply

    • Hello George.

      Thank you leaving so kind comment.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 06:48 | Reply

  13. So beautiful. Finland remains a mystery for me. I was a few hours in Helsinki. That’s all. Also Finland is not often featured in fiction (tv, film). Yes there’s the WRC ‘1000 Lakes’ Rally, Mika Häkkinen and Kimi Räikkonen. There’s images of Santa village, saunas and naked Finns ;-). But besides those clichés, I know next to nothing. Your blog shows me the Finland I don’t know. Thank you!

    Comment by Timothy — October 23, 2019 @ 18:37 | Reply

    • Hello Timothy.

      It seems that you know a lot of Finland! Maybe I am showing more personal interest which is near to our heart and places which are lesser-known to many. After six weeks, I will start a series of posts presenting what we saw, on cruising Nile many years ago. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 06:53 | Reply

  14. Beautiful!!!

    Comment by 洋子 — October 23, 2019 @ 19:28 | Reply

    • Hello Yoko.

      Thank you commenting.

      すばらしい日を過してください。

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 07:02 | Reply

  15. It is a beautiful island, great pictures. That bridge is one huge project. Doesn’t look that bad though.

    Comment by utesmile — October 23, 2019 @ 20:39 | Reply

    • Hello Ute.

      Thank you for your kind words.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 07:06 | Reply

  16. Matti, what beautiful photos, the island, Helsinki and your new home in Espoo. I can understand the rapid development of the island with easy access. It happens. I think you will enjoy your new city and the adventures it will bring. 📚 Christine

    Comment by C.E.Robinson — October 23, 2019 @ 21:47 | Reply

    • Hello Christine.

      Thank you. The cityscape is changing so much in few years that we are no longer familiar with that of our old safe environment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 07:16 | Reply

  17. Matti, what wonderful pictures. It brings back wonderful memories of living in Espoo about 5 year ago now. We lived in Olari and really loved it there. We would make it to Matinkylä and Espoo keskus often. We especially loved living right across the street from the forest in Espoo. We took many walks through the forest.

    Comment by laceduplutheran — October 23, 2019 @ 22:15 | Reply

  18. All the best for your new journey in Espoo Matti. It seems like a city that is rapidly developing 🙂

    Comment by A Mindful Traveler — October 24, 2019 @ 01:12 | Reply

    • Hello Lorelle.

      Thank you for your supportive and kind words.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 07:28 | Reply

  19. Lovely photos, thank you for sharing!

    Comment by lifeviatoris — October 24, 2019 @ 02:37 | Reply

    • Hello lifeviatoris.

      Thank you leaving your kind comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 07:41 | Reply

  20. Thank you for this enjoyable island tour.

    Comment by tanjabrittonwriter — October 24, 2019 @ 05:09 | Reply

    • Hello Tanja.

      I am glad that you left your praising comment. Thank you.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 08:08 | Reply

  21. What a pretty place you used to live in Matti. I’m not surprised you miss it now.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — October 24, 2019 @ 11:35 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      You are right, but I am sure that we will find something to shoot in Espoo also. 13 minutes train trip to the center of Helsinki is easy to make and thus Helsinki is at our fingertips. Thank you commenting.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 24, 2019 @ 11:43 | Reply

  22. Certainly the natural landscape of the island is quite lovely! I recognize some of the wildflowers as the same ones grow in the part of Alaska where we live in the summer. The yellow ones look like what we call tansy, a plant I use for dyeing wool. Your new place is a big change, but as you say, there are new places to explore, and you can always go back to visit the island. I’m sure Finland has many wild places to visit! I like that the developers are leaving a reasonable space between the buildings, which will help avoid a closed in feeling for people. Although we are sad to see natural spaces turn into developments, people have to live somewhere, and hopefully the developers design and build with good taste and keep as much nature as possible around the living spaces. I think it’s good for people’s health and encourages people to spend time outside.
    Enjoy your new place and we look forward to your new adventures and learning more about Finland!

    Comment by Marilyn Albright — October 24, 2019 @ 16:01 | Reply

    • Hello Marilyn.

      Thank you leaving so kind, wise and encouraging words. Services and the environment are important in choosing a place where to live. Services are near and the nature also here. We had to think that someday we are getting old and need nearby services.

      Have a good day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 25, 2019 @ 06:37 | Reply

  23. Beautiful nature photos! I enjoy seeing your country through your eyes. I can not even begin to imagine what it is to live in the city, looks a bit intimidating 😊 thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Deb — October 24, 2019 @ 21:35 | Reply

    • Hello Deb.

      Thank you. I understand you. We both have live on countryside and in towns, also when being child, young and adult. Last time when we lived on countryside It, lasted nearly 20 years. Then costs of living, different taxes, on countryside rose too high, then we had to consider to move to a town also considering that we are getting old someday. There are towns and towns. Environments vary from one town to another and even inside towns.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 25, 2019 @ 06:50 | Reply

  24. Bonjour Matti, nous sommes nombreux je pense à préférer les rochers au béton, l’architecture de taille humaine et respectant le style d’une région à ces affreux immeubles… 😦
    Bises et bon week-end… dans de jolis coins de nature ou de belles villes.

    Comment by Marion B. — October 25, 2019 @ 10:26 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marion.

      Tes visites sur mon blog sont toujours un plaisir pour moi. Merci beaucoup.

      Cordialement,
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — October 25, 2019 @ 10:33 | Reply

  25. Change can be challenging. To leave so much beauty but the excitement of a new chapter and perhaps a more convenient lifestyle. I wish you well on your new journey.

    Comment by Sue Slaght — October 25, 2019 @ 14:30 | Reply

    • Hello Sue.

      Thank you. Every removal, which we have made during our life, has offered us new windows in our life. I am sure that even this removal will do so. One of the most interesting things among others, has been to get to know opinions and thoughts of those people living elsewhere. Also, our language has become richer. I can say that our life has become richer mentally. This means also every removal gave a stimulations to our brains.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 26, 2019 @ 07:12 | Reply

  26. Clear blue sky!
    My feeling is good!
    Japan have snow at Fuji-mounten top.
    Your country falling snow?

    Comment by キース — October 26, 2019 @ 07:27 | Reply

    • Hello Keith.

      Thank you commenting. Well, we have snow in the north, meaning north of the Arctic Circle! 🙂 I live in the south and we have about + 8 degrees Celsius. There are leaves in trees yet, although not in all. In my newest home, we have a TV-channel of NHK in English – very interesting information.

      良い 週末!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 26, 2019 @ 08:12 | Reply

  27. Pictures are wonderful! Nature in Laajasalo looks beautiful. I hope you settle well in Espoo. The good thing is that Espoo has some lovely nature and places to visit as well.

    Comment by Elena — October 26, 2019 @ 18:38 | Reply

    • Hello Elena.

      Thank you for your kind words. I am sure that it we will find nice photo targets here. Autumn, when leaves nearly have fallen, is not beautiful, but we have time to seek paths for our outdoor activities.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 27, 2019 @ 07:59 | Reply

  28. Hello Matti, so time arrived to leave the island of Laajasalo and Anja and you are going to experience new adventures at and around Espoo. ^^ It really was a particular pretty island you used to live on and I enjoyed your blogposts showing the unknown Helsinki. I hope you will not miss it too much but I’m sure exploring your new area will show that every place has it’s very own beauty and nice regional destinctions.
    I noticed what you explained to Sue in a comment above and I feel similarly. It’s a kind of challenge, of course! One which one should always take as a positive one, as stimulation as you said.
    My very best wishes and have a happy time at Espoo!
    Michèle

    Comment by ladyfromhamburg — October 28, 2019 @ 21:04 | Reply

    • Hello Michèle.

      I am glad when reading your kind words. When the years go by, then it is time to visit Laajasalo and make a tram ride on the Finland’s longest bridge, which length is 1200 meters! Our removal is not completed inside the house. We wanted us to transport some much as possible our small things. We drove nineteen times between Laajasalo and Leppävaara in one direction (26 km) for example transporting my about 1500 French books about 100 Spanish and Portuguese books and Anja’s German books. Then we have yes big amount of LP-music, CD-music, some VHS-cassettes and even C-cassettes. We throwed many travel souvenirs to trash. Books are now in six bookshelves, also all music. You may wonder who nowadays listen to C-cassettes? They content is most humorous radio plays dating back many years. Also, they content local radio recording from my many visits to South and Central America in the 70s. The ads on them are awesome listening nowadays, because ads have changed since those years.

      The Men from the Ministry

      Today our new home begins to look like home not a higgledy-piggledy warehouse.

      All the best you and yours.
      Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — October 29, 2019 @ 08:56 | Reply

  29. Such blue sky, clear waters and lovely flowered scenery! Beautiful hiking! Such things as bridges and trams make for very easy access to areas and the numbers of people that decide to stay have a way of making serious changes to what existed before……some changes aren’t the best. Always enjoy your professional photo tours……hugs to you both!

    Comment by treadlemusic — October 31, 2019 @ 15:33 | Reply

    • Hello Doreen.

      Thank you leaving your praising comment and loving my photos.

      Happy upcoming weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 1, 2019 @ 07:39 | Reply

  30. Gorgeous photos. It’s lovely to see other countries this way, through the eyes of people who are there.

    Comment by Cathy — November 2, 2019 @ 09:28 | Reply

    • Hello Cathy.

      I am very glad that you visited my blog and left your praising comment. Thank you.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 2, 2019 @ 09:31 | Reply

      • My pleasure. You have a wonderful day too!

        Comment by Cathy — November 2, 2019 @ 09:39 | Reply

  31. beautiful nature, nice place to live in

    Comment by Tanja — November 4, 2019 @ 00:24 | Reply

    • Hello Tanja.

      Thank you eaving your kind comment and loving photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 4, 2019 @ 11:36 | Reply


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