Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

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Hello. I am living in Finland and I am senior citizen and amateur photographer. Few years ago I retired from airline business or more precisely, I was forced to retire with other 999 employees due to the company’s productive and financial reasons in 2004; so I was told.

First: The aim of my blog is to present my Finland thru my photos. Every post tells a story thru the set of photos with related text.

I worked for our national airline Finnair nearly 39 years. I did all kind of jobs one can imagine, like airline officer, IT instructor, Excel work sheet specialist, boss, chief of Ramp Control, manager of Load Control, making rosters, quality reports and programming. These are some examples of works I did in my airline. I started my career at checking and did my best.

I also calculated Balance Charts and made Load Sheets for all kind of airplanes types. I was specialized to Pan Am. That is Pan American Airways or PAA as it was called also, which does not exist no more. As You saw, I was so called ground staff, but I also flew during five years as flying officer.

I was lucky when I saw how airplanes were developing from 1966 to 2004. When I started my job we had in use DC3, Convair Metropitan 440 and Super Caravelle. in 1968 we got our first DC8, then some Fokker, DC10, MD11 and Airbus. Air traffic had huge development during these years. Of course there were some setbacks as Supersonics airplanes and huge collision of two Boeings 747 at Tenerife (Canary Islands, Spain). It happened in 1977 and 583 people were killed in that accident.

Before leaving my career, I received the decoration due to my merits and services which I made for my company. Medal was granted by our president. I maintain my fitness by walking daily, eating healthful food, vitamins etc.

Look at how I was flying in Flight simulator of commercial airplane DC9-51.

Spanish, not literally language, I learned to speak when I worked on Canary Islands few months. French I learned by reading French books during 39 years which I have about 1500. I also make video films. Many of them can be seen in my YouTube site.

Serious photographing I started in 2004, but as an amateur of course. I try to find different interesting things to be viewing. Because I worked in travel business, I can easily compare what kind of things are not generally found abroad. One example from this is our bell towers which are mainly from wood or stone or combining both and in many cases separated from church building. Also ships inside churches are not so general and wooden poor man statues.

I love reading and that is why on my bedside table there is always a book, mainly in French or Spanish. My music style differs generally speaking from that what people in Europe are listening. I love most of all South and Central American music and especially Cumbias. Cumbias are originally from Colombia. The music style of Cumbias is happy, danceable, tropical music that makes you feel good and what is the best, its has distinct rhythm. I like most of from those coming from Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Colombia. Elvis is my favorite singer yet today.

I love fast cars and especially I love driving fast, although I am senior citizen, on German “Autobahnen”, where are no speed limits. Maybe I am some kind daredevil. I have driven since 1972 since 1250000 kilometers / 776713 miles. So, as You can notice I am fond of cars and photographing. Also I love being in the nature, getting my strength from there, feeling myself free and feeling part of it.

If You say that You do not have any idea about Finland, then on Monday, September the 5th, 2016, I had more 24000 photos and 317 posts which help You to get information about Finland, its people, landscapes, hobbies (stained glass, 3D Origami, porcelain painting, icon paintings, quilting and patchworks, beading, bobbin laces, shopping bags and evening from empty coffee bags), culture, history, historic buildings, memorials, world’s biggest cruise ship made in Finland (Allure of the Seas), cruises on our lakes onboard more than 100 years old steamboats, national parks, castles, art, buildings, monastery, design, habits, travel destinations, museums, carved animals, secrets of Finnish Sauna, summer cottages, rock paintings, giant kettles, semi precious stones, vintage cars, vintage, vintage steam ships, air planes, vintage post cards, Christmas traditions, Christmas markets, Christmas decorations, Himmeli Finnish traditional Christmas decoration, church chandeliers, pulpits, altar paintings, lakeland area, ship passing thru narrow canal, holiday log cabins, traditional carpet washing, hobbies by ordinary people (Orthodox icons, Porcelain paintings, Glass paintings), traditional colorful vintage windmills, traditional hay-making, Kantele – Finland’s national instrument, rivers and rapids, unique wooden pauper statues in the world (57), road side art, DC-3, flight simulator, gazebos, riding, horses, handicraft, matchboxes, outdoor activities, walking, biking, marathon, ice hockey, old tractors, garden, flowers, Arctic hills, tall ships, Votive ships inside our churches, jousting, Samba in Helsinki, best places to visit, towns with old wooden houses, 29 towns in Finland, peculiarities in Finland, wooden churches included world’s biggest one, beautiful bell towers which are separated from churches, ice art, sand statues and not forgetting to present Arctic Circle, world’s biggest snow castle, winter wonders, winter fun, snow and ice photos, hiking and our road trips in the Northernmost part of Finland which is called Lapland etc.

My visitors came from 191 (Dec 31, 2016) countries around the world.

All these You find when clicking “select categories”. Welcome and to make armchair trip and to explore Finland as I see it thru my photos!

Beneath there are some of my photos to get better idea of these items on one page which I just mentioned above. Your comments are appreciated highly.

En español:

Hola! Vivo en Finlandia y soy jubilado desde 2004. Mira mi mundo através mis fotos.

En francais:

Salut, je vis en Finlande et j’suis retraité depuis 2004. Bienvenu à connaître mon monde à travers mes photos.

Em português:

Oi! Eu moro na Finlândia e sou aposentado já desde 2004. Moro em Mikkeli desde 2013, mas nasci em Helsínquia. Eu falo inglês, espanhol, francês, sueco e também alemão mais ou menos. Agora estou aprendendo portugues que é uma linguagem muito interessante.

Toda a minha vida eu trabalhei no aeroporto de Helsinque cerca de 39 anos. Quando eu era jovem, meus sonhos eram me tornar ou o piloto de vôo ou o piloto de rall e por isto eu gosto conduzir o meu carro rapidamente, pero só em Alemanha em suas rodovias, mas hoje não é possível. Os meus hobbies são por exemplo a fotografia, o ciclismo, a caminhada, a música e a leitura. Eu viajando com minha câmera aqui e ali na Finlândia fotografando a natureza, as igrejas, os campanários, a arquitetura, nossa própria cultura e muitas outras coisas. Umas coisas peculiares que eu encontrei perto das igrejas são as estatuas de homen pobre. Eu gosto da natureza da Lapónia e isso e porque vamos visitar lá com minha esposa de vez em quando.

Os ritmos da Cumbia são a música que aquece a minha mente e faz meu coração bater mais rápido. A Cumbia e uma música tropical alegre e é originalmente da Colômbia. É tocada no Equador, no Peru, no Chile e também na América Central. Eu ler muito e eu gosto de ficção científica relacionada ao espaço em francês. Na mesa de cabeceira eu tenho sempre um livro que eu li antes de dormir. Para conhecer melhor o que acontece em nosso mundo moderno, eu li as revistas de tecnologia e revistas de informática.

Olhe o meu país através das minhas fotografias. Bemvindo!

Welcome / Bienvenido / Bienvenue / Benvenuto / Bem-vindo

Welcome / Bienvenido / Bienvenue / Benvenuto / Bem-vindo

Alien from outer space? No, World’s oldest surviving diving suit in Raahe, Finland

Alien from outer space? No, World’s oldest surviving diving suit in Raahe, Finland

Reindeer driving competition in Oulu, Finland

Reindeer driving competition in Oulu, Finland

Frozen sea and sky meet in wintry Kemi 2015, Finland

Frozen sea and sky meet in wintry Kemi 2015, Finland

Beautiful ice sculpture in Mikkeli, Finland

Beautiful ice sculpture in Mikkeli, Finland

Sacrada Familia in Ice, Juuka, Finland

Sacrada Familia in Ice, Juuka, Finland

Matti, when employed by Finnair

Matti, when employed by Finnair

Finnish forests are beautiful to walk. Photo from Otava, FinlandFinnish forests are beautiful to walk. Photo from Otava, Finland

Finnish forests are beautiful to walk. Photo from Otava, Finland

Midsummer sunset at Koli National Park in Finland

Midsummer sunset at Koli National Park in Finland

Inside photo from World's Biggest Snow Castle in Kemi, Finland

Inside photo from World's Biggest Snow Castle in Kemi, Finland

Peaceful life by the river in Finland - Rio Kuvansi

Peaceful life by the river in Finland – Rio Kuvansi

In Finland we have 187 888 lakes, here is one of them

In Finland we have 187 888 lakes, here is one of them

Flying saucer house in Espoo, Finland

Winter sky thru my window January 2013 Mikkeli

Winter sky thru my window January 2013 Mikkeli

Iris pseudacorus is very common in my new home town - Mikkeli

Iris pseudacorus is very common in my new home town – Mikkeli

Iris sibirica is also very common in my new home town – Mikkeli

Iris sibirica is also very common in my new home town – Mikkeli

Wanna dance Samba in Helsinki – yes of course – so natural

Wanna dance Samba in Helsinki – yes of course – so natural

Lake Pielinen. Photo from our summer holiday in Finland.

Lake Pielinen. Photo from our summer holiday in Finland.

Christmas candle in Snow

Christmas candle in Snow

Shadows in the snow garden

Shadows in the snow garden

Autumnal Sunrise in Finland

Autumnal Sunrise in Finland

In the simulator of commercial airplane DC-9 at Helsinki-Vantaa airport

In the simulator of commercial airplane DC-9 at Helsinki-Vantaa airport

Silent people in Suomussalmi

Silent people in Suomussalmi

Carved ice in the world's biggest Snow Castle in Finland

Carved ice in the world's biggest Snow Castle in Finland

Our pulpits in churches are beautiful, or what do You think?

Our pulpits in churches are beautiful, or what do You think?

Jousting in Finland - yes

Jousting in Finland – yes

Opera / theatre bag made from empty coffee bags by my wife – not for sale in Paris, London, Rome, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Melbourne

Opera / theatre bag made from empty coffee bags by my wife – not for sale in Paris, London, Rome, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Melbourne

Bag made from empty coffee bags by my wife - not for sale in Paris, London, Rome, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Melbourne

Bag made from empty coffee bags by my wife – not for sale in Paris, London, Rome, Milan, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Melbourne

These beaded bracelets are made by my wife. She has nice hobby!

These beaded bracelets are made by my wife. She has nice hobby!

Road side art -She

Road side art -She

Road side art - He

Road side art -He

Made in Finland: World biggest cruise ship Allure of the Seas

Made in Finland: World biggest cruise ship Allure of the Seas

Wintry old Porvoo Finland

Wintry old Porvoo Finland

Helsinki in winter. Do You recognize the car model?

Helsinki in winter. Do You recognize the car model?

Michelin man says: Drive carefully!

Michelin man says: Drive carefully!

Tsasouna in Klaukkala

Tsasouna in Klaukkala

Church of Iitti. Even in winter our countryside churches can be beautiful. Note that the bell tower is separated from the church.

Church of Iitti. Even in winter our countryside churches can be beautiful. Note that the bell tower is separated from the church.

Cottage in a tree

Cottage in a tree

Saku and me

Saku and me

Saku - my best friend

Saku - my best friend

I have been using computers since 1970!!! Here I am checking weight and balance for Super caravelle (at background)

I have been using computers since 1970!!! Here I am checking weight and balance for Super caravelle (at background)

I still like driving car. Nowadays I have a little newer car | Childpower 1. Horsepower 0.

I still like driving car. Nowadays I have a little newer car | Childpower 1. Horsepower 0.

61 years later from my first car photo | Manpower 1. Horsepowers 280.

61 years later from my first car photo | Manpower 1. Horsepowers 280.

On German autobahn at speed of 242 km/ h

On German autobahn at speed of 242 km/ h

Do You like my wooden car?

Do You like my wooden car?

I like Karting too.

I like Karting too.

Please help me! Who is in charge for shoveling snow here?

Please help me! Who is in charge for shoveling snow here?

I knew it first: There is water on Mars!

I knew it first: There is water on Mars!

My grandson in 2005 - Can You do this better?

My grandson in 2005 - Can You do this better?

Carpets can be washed on roads too!

Carpets can be washed on roads too!

Snow and Sunrise where I live in January 2010

Snow and Sunrise where I live in January 2010

Help, my feet are sinking!

Help, my feet are sinking!

Landscape at Winter Moonlight Dec31 2009

Landscape at Winter Moonlight Dec31 2009

Traditional Finnish fence and a shadoof

Traditional Finnish fence and a shadoof

It came from outer space and landed in Helsinki

It came from outer space and landed in Helsinki

Someone has a very nice mailbox in Northern Finland

Someone has a very nice mailbox in Northern Finland

Carved huge bear

Carved huge bear

Bomba house (Karelian style) in Nurmes

Bomba house (Karelian style) in Nurmes

Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge

Langinkoski Imperial Fishing Lodge

Wooden house in Ilomantsi

Wooden house in Ilomantsi

Ice skating in the center of Helsinki (Finland)

Ice skating in the center of Helsinki (Finland)

Helsinki port in March 2006

Helsinki port in March 2006

Hunter and his dog - both carved by chainsaw

Hunter and his dog - both carved by chainsaw

Hat

Hat

Garden lamp or Snow hat?

Garden lamp or Snow hat?

Quilting is very popular in Finland. This example is one which You find in my posts

Quilting is very popular in Finland. This example is one which You find in my posts

My wife has a hobby - making bijous from beads

My wife has a hobby - making bijous from beads

Chrismas tree made from beads by my wife. Actual height 5 cm / 2 inches

Chrismas tree made from beads by my wife. Actual height 5 cm / 2 inches

Fish made from beads by my wife. Actual lenght 5 cm / 2 inches

Fish made from beads by my wife. Actual lenght 5 cm / 2 inches

Fish made from beads by my wife. Actual lenght 5 cm / 2 inches

Fish made from beads by my wife. Actual lenght 5 cm / 2 inches

My hobby is to drive fast on German highways. My Vectra with 280 horsepowers

My hobby is to drive fast on German highways. My Vectra with 280 horsepowers

Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi in Finland

Arctic Circle in Rovaniemi in Finland

On which side You want to be?

On which side You want to be?

Do You see anything special in this altarpiece of the church of Inari?

Do You see anything special in this altarpiece of the church of Inari?

My backyard in winter

My backyard in winter

Making ice art in Helsinki

Making ice art in Helsinki

My homeway in Winter

My homeway in Winter

Melting Ice

Melting Ice


You do not know what this is?

You do not know what this is?

Old wooden church of Petajavesi

Old wooden church of Petajavesi


How do You explain this? Got any idea?

How do You explain this? Got any idea?

Ice Sculpture in Helsinki 2009

Ice Sculpture in Helsinki 2009

Snowball lantern

Snowball lantern

Ruka fell

Ruka fell in 14 May, 2008

Ember

Ember

Fire

Fire

Castle of Olavinlinna

Castle of Olavinlinna

Castle of Hämeenlinna

Castle of Hämeenlinna

Castle of Turku

Castle of Turku

Ruins of the castle of Raasepori

Ruins of the castle of Raasepori

This is the entrance road to the snow castle

This is the entrance road to the snow castle

Inside photo from snow castle 2009 in Kemi

Inside photo from snow castle 2009 in Kemi

Chapel inside the world's biggest Snow Castle in 2006

Chapel inside the world's biggest Snow Castle in 2006

Winter in 2004

Winter in 2004

Helsinki cathedral in 2005 before sunset

Helsinki cathedral in 2005 before sunset

After blizzard

After blizzard

Royer my first camera from 1952

Royer my first camera from 1952

Castle of Turku

Castle of Turku

Cemetery of Kellokumpu at sunset

Cemetery of Kellokumpu at sunset

Pistohiekka_by_Sartenada

Rose Westerland in my garden

Rose Westerland in my garden

Rhodorendron in our garden

Rhodorendron in our garden

Azalea in our garden

Azalea in our garden

My car / Mi carro / Ma voiture

My car / Mi carro / Ma voiture

I had an oppoturnity to test drive this car. Opel Insignia OPC with 325 hp

I had an oppoturnity to test drive this car. Opel Insignia OPC with 325 hp

Helsinki skyline seen from sea. Helsinki market square at foreground.

Helsinki skyline seen from sea. Helsinki market square at foreground.

Historic wooden Poor Man statue in Kuortane, Finland.

Historic wooden Poor Man statue in Kuortane, Finland.

I and the Historic Wooden-Poor-Man statue in Veteli Finland

I and the Historic Wooden-Poor-Man statue in Veteli Finland

Historic wooden Poor Man statue in Pomarkku, Finland

Historic wooden Poor Man statue in Pomarkku, Finland

Humorous wooden carvings at Parppeinvaara in Ilomantsi, Finland.

Humorous wooden carvings at Parppeinvaara in Ilomantsi, Finland.

Sunset beyond the Arctic Circle in Muonio

Sunset beyond the Arctic Circle in Muonio

Hiking beyond the Arctic Circle in Lapland

Hiking beyond the Arctic Circle in Lapland

Old steamships in Savonlinna are waiting for You for a cruise on a lake.

Old steamships in Savonlinna are waiting for You for a cruise on a lake.

Koli National Park and Lake Pielinen in Finland

Koli National Park and Lake Pielinen in Finland

Photos from abroad:

Paris, Versailles 2014

Paris, Versailles 2014

Celebrating 70-years birthday in Paris, Versailles 2014

Celebrating 70-years birthday in Paris, Versailles 2014

Pompeii

Pompeii

Vesuvius

Vesuvius

Sorrento

Sorrento

Capri

Capri

Reindeers chilling in a tunnel on our trip to North Cape

Reindeers chilling in a tunnel on our trip to North Cape

Azores

Azores

Papa Benedetto XVI

Papa Benedetto XVI

Colosseum - where are gladiators?

Colosseum - where are gladiators?

Rome - yong boy and the fountain

Rome - yong boy and the fountain

Rome

Rome

Coffee break in Germany. All the seats were occupied, but no problem, Opel Vectra has solution for coffee table

Coffee break in Germany. All the seats were occupied, but no problem, Opel Vectra has solution for coffee table

I love these German beach chairs (Strandkorb), but most of all I love the Lady beside it

I love these German beach chairs (Strandkorb), but most of all I love the Lady beside it

I love these German beach chairs (Strandkorb)

I love these German beach chairs (Strandkorb)

Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Vaduz, Liechtenstein

Sinsheim, Germany

Sinsheim, Germany

Russian supersonic TU-144 in Sinsheim in Germany

Russian supersonic TU-144 in Sinsheim in Germany

On the way to the North Cape by car

On the way to the North Cape by car

North Cape

North Cape

Me in Germany

Me in Germany

Wakeboarding in Gemany

Wakeboarding in Gemany

Brussels in 2005

Brussels in 2005

Patong Beach, Thailand

Patong Beach, Thailand

Patong Beach, Thailand

Patong Beach, Thailand

James Bond Island, Thailand

James Bond Island, Thailand

Temple of Luxor, Egypt

Temple of Luxor, Egypt

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  1. Beautiful photos, well done.
    What camera and lens do you use ?
    All the best,
    Barry in Ireland / Irlanda / Irlande

    Comment by tourismpure — October 22, 2009 @ 11:24 | Reply

    • Hi Barry.

      Thank You commenting and making a question.

      Well, my camera is Nikon D300 and mainly I am using AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1:35-5.6 G ED. What I like in this camera is that I can take photos in “nearly” dark when using ISO 3200. That’s incredible. I bought Nikon in 2008.

      Also I am using Panasonic Lumix DMC LX-1 from 2006 and Panasonic Lumix DMC FX7 from 2004. Those old Panasonic pocket cameras have Leica lenses and this is just what I appreciate. Quality seems to be good also today. But they are pocket cameras and they are missing many posibilities compared with Nikon or Canon or Sony high quality cameras.

      Regards Sartenada.

      Comment by sartenada — October 22, 2009 @ 11:32 | Reply

  2. Preciosas fotos y de mucha calidad.

    Saludos

    martin_javier

    Comment by martin_javier — October 23, 2009 @ 09:48 | Reply

    • Hola Martin.

      Muchas gracias por tu visita aqui y por tus palabras tan amables.

      Comment by sartenada — October 23, 2009 @ 10:10 | Reply

  3. Hola

    Soy el autor del post sobre el Cutty Sark que has comentado hace poco.
    Si te gustan los barcos visita mis blogs y si quieres hablar en español, allí me tienes. (Platicar es un término usado en hispanoamérica, no es muy correcto).
    If do you prefer engish, don’t worry I understad english but I prefer spanish.

    See you, hasta la vista.

    Comment by jonkepa — November 2, 2009 @ 15:48 | Reply

    • Hola Jon. Muchas gracias por tu visita aqui y por tu comentrio. Visitare tu blog. Me gusta platicar mejor en español, porque lo estoy aprendiendo.

      Saludos.

      Comment by sartenada — November 2, 2009 @ 17:04 | Reply

  4. Your photographs are beautiful! Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.

    Cindy (http://www.cindydyer.wordpress.com)

    Comment by cindydyer — November 2, 2009 @ 18:04 | Reply

    • Hello Cindy. Nice to hear that You like my photos.

      Comment by sartenada — November 2, 2009 @ 19:28 | Reply

  5. Your photos are really good, I love the way you capture the light.

    Comment by Karma's little experiment — November 5, 2009 @ 04:40 | Reply

    • Thank You Karma. I checked Your blog and You know how to handle photos. Great work.

      Comment by sartenada — November 5, 2009 @ 11:58 | Reply

  6. Your blog is fantastic the photos are just great..I’ve added you to my blog list

    Comment by seanfraser — November 5, 2009 @ 13:35 | Reply

    • Thank You Sean. It was a great pleasure to hear Your comment.

      Comment by sartenada — November 5, 2009 @ 16:32 | Reply

  7. Absolutely wonderful! I am glad to have you met here in the cyberspace!

    – Tesh

    Comment by teshparekh — November 6, 2009 @ 02:52 | Reply

    • Hi Tesh. Thank You visiting my photo blog site. Nice comment and I try to keep my photos good in future.

      Comment by sartenada — November 6, 2009 @ 07:40 | Reply

  8. thanks for dropping by… still sorting out pics from pompeii and naples but didn’t get to visit vesuvius.
    your photos are awesome…. where did you take the shot of vesuvius from? btw do u upload raw resolution pics?

    Comment by lechua — November 22, 2009 @ 13:43 | Reply

    • Hello Lechua. Vesuvius was taken from Sorrento in one restaurant over Napoli bay. No, I am using still normal JPEG-photos. Thank You commenting here. Happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — November 22, 2009 @ 13:49 | Reply

  9. I really like your shot of Olavilinna – beautiful castle!

    Comment by dandelion — December 10, 2009 @ 21:16 | Reply

    • Hello Dandelion. I appreciate Your comment, because I love this castle myself too. Some day, I’ll do a photo blog with plenty of photos from it.

      Comment by sartenada — December 11, 2009 @ 07:08 | Reply

  10. Ok, I’m impressed! :))) Found you thanks to Sean Fraser’s blog. Subscribed.

    Comment by Nadezhda Konovalova — January 16, 2010 @ 11:20 | Reply

    • Hello Nadezhda.

      It was nice to read that You visited my site and found my photos interesting!

      I wish to You happy weekend.

      Comment by sartenada — January 16, 2010 @ 11:39 | Reply

  11. Good evening, Matti
    this page is also very interesting. They give us that insight into your private life, and other places, you know. The hobby of your wife is very creative and I like that. The two photos, where I saw the fire, make it feel as if it warms. The naturalness of the colors radiate much warming power. The photo on your camera from 1952 surprised us very much. It is inconceivable to shoot with such a camera
    in this modern age. It is amazing how things have been moving on. I am only
    amateur photographer. I try my pictures, as well as I can imagine in my blog. Sometimes I do several takes of a shot and search out the best and I am very happy, if it please the viewers. My current appearance is specially designed for funny Tuesday. It is not a self portrait of me. It is someone with a funny story. I think I am learning a lot about this, when I look at your pictures and other images. I would not be perfect, otherwise it would make me no longer fun. I photograph everything I like and maybe others might like it. I liked all your pictures very well, color and motif moderate. I continue to try to visit your blog and am grateful that I could look at it. I think it will be seen very much. I wish you and Anja still the best and the health of your daily routes.
    Dear greetings Christel Happy funny Tuesday….

    Comment by Christel — January 19, 2010 @ 22:55 | Reply

    • Hello Christel.

      I am mute from Your flattering text. The old camera is not in use, but it is a very beloved memory from my late dad! It is sure working, but to get film for it is a problem and who developes then films is another. If anyone who is reading this, should be aware that one the most important component of camera is the lens and in this camera the lens is high quality, do not let amount of pixels to bluff You by any salesman. More pixels means that their size is small. (Sorry my amateur talk).

      Thank You Christel leaving Your nice comment.

      Comment by sartenada — January 20, 2010 @ 07:48 | Reply

  12. Wow, Great Photography. It sure looks like your wife does a lot of the same kind of pieces that I do….If you check out my archives a little bit further back I show a little bit more beading. I take my camera when I leave my house, so it currently shows some of the community events that I go to. I love how you put larger images on your blog too…

    Thanks for checking out my blog, I try to keep it current and post two or three times a week.

    It sure looks cold up there in Finland, but what a place!

    Colleen Thomas http://www.beadnfun.wordpress.com

    Comment by beadnfun — May 6, 2010 @ 13:46 | Reply

    • Hello Colleen.

      Thank You. As You guessed, I like beading, although I am not doing it, but my wife. Yes, now when You left comment here, I am not “loosing” You and I’ll check Your posts. I am posting about once a week.

      Regards.

      Comment by sartenada — May 6, 2010 @ 18:31 | Reply

  13. LOVE the snow and sunrise photo from January 2010! It’s absolutely breathtaking!!! You have lovely photos!

    Have a great day!

    Comment by darroness — May 21, 2010 @ 17:31 | Reply

    • Hello Darroness.

      Thank You. So nice to have comment from that photo. The moment actually lasted only few minutes and I noticed it by viewing out from my window. I had to go to cold, really cold weather, and take photo. In January sun stays over the horizon only few hours.

      Regards.

      Comment by sartenada — May 21, 2010 @ 20:09 | Reply

  14. Too many wonderful photos to comment on, but each are lovely. You live in a beautiful country with so many interesting locations! I can’t seem to find the time anymore to browse other websites like I used to do, but I greatly appreciate those who make time to do so. Thank you very much for YOUR visit.

    Scott

    Comment by myvelleities — May 26, 2010 @ 08:58 | Reply

    • Hi Scott.

      Thank You for commenting so nicely. You have great photos also.

      Have nice day!

      Comment by sartenada — May 26, 2010 @ 13:04 | Reply

  15. Great photos. I knew even before I read your ‘about me’ page that you love driving and photography. I have similar passions – I love riding motorcycles. My only problem is that I don’t like stopping to take photos when I’m enjoying a twisty road.

    Good work! Keep it up!

    Comment by houldsworth — June 1, 2010 @ 05:46 | Reply

    • Hi holdswort.

      I understan You very much. Sometimes that is problem to me also and when passing nice place, I must come turn back as soon as possible.

      Motorcycling is very appreciable hobby. It was about two weeks ago when I saw the movie Easy Riders. Inspired by it I sought one of my old favorite movie about driving from 70ties: “Vanishing Point”. It was fourth time I saw it.

      Here:

      http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067927/

      Barry Newman as Kowalski is great actor, he a real “stone face”.

      Regards.

      Comment by sartenada — June 1, 2010 @ 17:49 | Reply

  16. Felicidades por las fotos!!

    Parece que en Finlandia hay una luz especial. Y son fotos cercanas y curiosas… me gustan mucho!
    Yo estuve a punto de ir a estudiar allí. Es un país precioso.

    Gracias por los comentarios en mi blog!
    Saludos!

    SANTIAGO
    UNIVERSIDAD DE NAVARRA, PAMPLONA, SPAIN

    Comment by elartistadigital — June 10, 2010 @ 17:34 | Reply

  17. Hi … really lovely photos that you have! I see that your grandson supports the football team that I support🙂 … anyway … have some photos of a replica of the Bounty taken in Hong Kong:
    http://thelongnwindingroad.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/there-would-certainly-have-been-a-mutiny-on-this-bounty-%E2%80%A6/
    http://blog.omy.sg/hongkong/2010/08/03/there-would-certainly-have-been-a-mutiny-on-this-bounty-%E2%80%A6/

    Cheers!

    Comment by The wondering wanderer — August 4, 2010 @ 10:37 | Reply

    • Hello The wondering wanderer.

      Thank You Sir. Same football team – LOL.🙂

      Comment by sartenada — August 6, 2010 @ 07:10 | Reply

  18. Thanks for your comment on my blog😉 I am glad, that I found yours here too. You take many fine photos, so I will be back again! And be careful with your nice car on the German freeways!!!

    Comment by truels — September 6, 2010 @ 12:26 | Reply

    • Hello Truels.

      Thank You. You have great photos too! I appreciate very much Yours care about driving on German freeways. This summer I promised to mi wife that now I am not driving fast. Well, what happened? On the same day (last day of our holiday) when our ship was leaving to Finland, I said to my wife on the road between Kiel and Rostock, if I could drive once fast. Okay, she accepted and then I took only 230km/h (my record is 242km/h) to my car’s speedometer. Wow, what a feeling again and this time my wife was not afraid.

      Comment by sartenada — September 6, 2010 @ 16:15 | Reply

  19. Bonjour Matti,
    Quelle présentation en photos ! Merci de nous faire partager ces sites lointains et proches à travers vos voyages. Je connais un peu Helsinki, quelques séjours depuis Moscou. Le beau parc avec le monument à Sibélius, le port et son marché, un super restaurant avec spécialités de poissons, un 23 juin à minuit quand le jour était si long… Je reviendrai avec plaisir sur votre site🙂 et… j’aime Elvis aussi !

    Comment by isathreadsoflife — September 6, 2010 @ 14:37 | Reply

    • Bonjour Isa.

      Merci beaucoup. Quelle surprise de connaître Helsinki! En Novembre environ, je vais commencer pour la première fois une série qui raconte avec photos de Helsinki. Actuellement, je vais faire un nouveau poste qu’une fois par semaine. Donc attends un peu, s’il vous plaît.

      Mes saluts.

      Comment by sartenada — September 6, 2010 @ 16:36 | Reply

  20. Hi, nice to meet you !

    Comment by ReadersHeaven — September 21, 2010 @ 11:02 | Reply

    • Hi ReadersHeaven.

      Thank You for Your visit and comment here on my page.

      Comment by sartenada — September 24, 2010 @ 06:59 | Reply

  21. these fish and the christmas tree i like a lot. i wonder how your wife made it?

    Comment by sonja — September 28, 2010 @ 23:04 | Reply

    • Hi Sonja.

      Thank You commenting. My wife learned to make it at a Bead course. Every year there are winter or summer courses for beading.

      Comment by sartenada — September 29, 2010 @ 07:25 | Reply

  22. You really have a bunch of beautiful photos here, like them a lot.
    Have a nice day, greetings from Jakobstad.

    Comment by digitalphotoalbum — October 10, 2010 @ 08:51 | Reply

    • Hello Kerstin.

      I appreciate Your comment, because You have also lovely photos. Thank You.

      Comment by sartenada — October 10, 2010 @ 09:00 | Reply

  23. I’m glad you stopped by by blog because now I know yours. You have had such an interesting life so far, by the looks of it, your adventures are going to continue for a long time. Your photos are beautiful. Thanks for sharing them.

    Comment by Eating Abroad — October 16, 2010 @ 15:30 | Reply

    • Hello Eating Abroad.

      Thank You too for visiting here. When reading Your kind words, I started to think that You are so right.

      Happy blogging.

      Comment by sartenada — October 17, 2010 @ 08:31 | Reply

  24. How I enjoyed browsing through your photos and taking a peek into your life there in Finland! It seems like a wonderful place — maybe a place I would get to visit someday, I hope. You are a very talented photographer – thanks for stopping by my blog to visit!

    Comment by Sweet Annabelle — November 1, 2010 @ 21:21 | Reply

    • Hello Sweet Annabelle.

      Thank You. It was nice to read that You got some kind of idea how my life has passed. I am still going strong. LOL. Every one of us has a story to be told and here I opened curtains from my life a little bit.

      Comment by sartenada — November 2, 2010 @ 12:32 | Reply

  25. I love your photos! And I love your car! LOL!

    Comment by Maria Elena — November 8, 2010 @ 04:32 | Reply

    • Hi Maria.

      I guess that You love my first car when I was a child.🙂

      Thank You commenting.

      Comment by sartenada — November 8, 2010 @ 07:55 | Reply

  26. Hello Matti,
    Je découvre seulement ce soir cette belle page rétrospective, en venant y découvrir ton premier appareil photo.
    J’aime beaucoup ces images, entre nostalgie, tendresse, humour, reportages.
    Merci de les partager avec nous.
    Bises et bon week-end, Matti.

    Comment by Marion B. — December 3, 2010 @ 22:01 | Reply

    • Salut Marion.

      Eh bien, je vous remercie beaucoup.

      Alors, t’as remarquée mon humour aussi, j’en suis tellement contente!

      Je suis très “altier” de mon premier appareil photo que mon défunt père m’a acheté en 1952 lorsque nous avons eu les Jeux Olympiques. Elles ont été importées puis seulement trois cameras et j’ai encore un. Pensez-y.

      Bises.

      Comment by sartenada — December 4, 2010 @ 15:37 | Reply

  27. Oh, my! So many wonderful images! What a great life you have. You have seen so much and I hardly ever get out of my backyard. Thank you for sharing all your great escapades in photos so that I may see more of the world than what I can afford. And, thank you for visiting my blog.

    Comment by rtcrita — December 8, 2010 @ 03:45 | Reply

    • Hello rtcrita.

      Thank You Rita. I am so glad that You liked the mixture of my photos and got an idea about my life and my interests.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Comment by sartenada — December 8, 2010 @ 07:51 | Reply

  28. -Muy bonitas las fotos de Finlandia y otras partes del mundo.
    Como siempre, excelentes las tomas. =Q=

    Comment by gerardodecostarica — December 29, 2010 @ 02:54 | Reply

    • Hola Gerardo.

      A mi me agradezco sus palabras amables sobre mis fotos. Usted aprendió a mí tanto de su tierra linda y sobre la fotografía. !Me siempre quedo en deuda con usted, que me enseñó a ver el mundo a través de mis lentes!

      ¡Te deseo muy Feliz Año Nuevo querido amigo! Espero que sea mejor que este año.

      Comment by sartenada — December 29, 2010 @ 07:43 | Reply

  29. Voilà une vie très riche et un bloggeur-voyageur heureux. Magnifique !

    Amitiés.

    Comment by Joseph — January 6, 2011 @ 09:21 | Reply

    • Salut Joseph.

      Merci Joseph. Oui, une vie riche (pas d’argent). Mon travail dans une entreprise de vol, inspire me vivre plainement, bien que je suis déjà à la retraite.

      Comment by sartenada — January 6, 2011 @ 09:33 | Reply

  30. Je pensais bien sûr à la “richesse intérieure”. Je pensais notamment à la maîtrise des langues… Mais à dire vrai, si cette plénitude existentielle s’accompagnait d’une certaine aisance financière, qui s’en plaindrait ?

    Comment by Joseph — January 7, 2011 @ 09:16 | Reply

    • Bien sûr que oui Joseph. Je le comprenais parfaitement, mais je le voulais d’assurer ainsi.

      Merci beaucoup.

      Comment by sartenada — January 7, 2011 @ 09:35 | Reply

  31. glad to have met you and have seen all your pictures.

    Comment by Sylvie — January 24, 2011 @ 18:55 | Reply

    • Salut Sylvie.

      Thank You so much. Well, there was small story about my life and plenty of photos from my country. I am so glad that You took a look at them.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by sartenada — January 25, 2011 @ 07:37 | Reply

  32. Thank you for commenting on my blog today, and thereby making me aware of this treasure throve of yours with all the wonderful photos. I have spent nearly two hours browsing your blog, and still have many hours of entertainment to come.
    Thanks for sharing🙂
    Eldrid

    Comment by kameleonquilt — February 15, 2011 @ 18:58 | Reply

    • Hi Eldrid.

      I am speechless. I think that Your comment is the best I have ever received!!! You have also wonderful photos from which I enjoyed. Thank You.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by sartenada — February 16, 2011 @ 07:50 | Reply

  33. Hello. I like your photos very much, they are amazing. But the 4th photo is actually a corrected picture, isn’t it? I mean that you’ve used Photoshop. I first was impressed by that there might be so much snow in Helsinki, but my friend is a professional programmer and she’s said that it’s not just a camera shot, the photo has been ‘Photoshoped’.

    Comment by Raushan — February 20, 2011 @ 21:58 | Reply

    • Hello Raushan.

      Your friend is wrong if she means that I have “played” with Photoshop adding snow or something like that. First, I am using PaintShopPro X2 and only things I did to this photo is adding Copyright and covering the license plate. No more manipulating the photo. Take a look at my post:

      Helsinki covered by snow / Helsinki cubierto de nieve / Helsinki sous la neige

      https://sartenada.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/helsinki-covered-by-snow-helsinki-cubierto-de-nieve-helsinki-sous-la-neige/

      Go to the photo number 36 and there You see the same photo, but now the license is not covered, because I forget it. BTW, in this post You see, that we have snow really very much.

      I never “Photoshop” my photos, they are originals, but some photo I have been cropped, but it is another thing.

      Thank You stopping here and leaving Your comment.

      Comment by sartenada — February 21, 2011 @ 08:14 | Reply

  34. Hi Sartenada,

    I was going to bed as it’s already 4am in the morning here. But I wanted to see your About page, and that pulled me over. Looking through all the photos you posted here, they really touched me. I am very moved by your life and sincerity.

    If I did not become a photographer, I would have become a pilot. Airplanes and the sky are my another great passion. In this sense, I admire your life spent 39 years in the airline industry. I truly do.

    How great to make a friend who never met before and ever since, who shares some interests and communicates freely. Thank you for leaving a comment in the first time, and keep communicating with me. You are a great person.

    Comment by Aureo Bae — March 12, 2011 @ 19:08 | Reply

    • Hi Aureo.

      Thank You. Very seldom I can read a comment written with so big emotion.

      Next may I am celebrating my birthdays and my wife will give to me an unforgettable gift and it is that I can fly two hours. Well not exactly in real life but very near. This spring our aviation museum in Helsinki Vantaa- airport was donated by Finnair a flight simulator for DC9! This simulator was in use 24/7 during many years and there were trained pilots from all over the world in it. So, now my dream comes thru and I can fly. The price is high but I am sure that it is worth for it. I think that this is unique in whole world, but not sure.

      Here is the link, if someboy is interesting to reserve a place in simulator and to fly during two hour monitored and guided by a veteran pilot. Of course there are lessons before “flying” and feedback after flying.

      http://www.ilmailumuseo.fi/index.php?page=dc-9–simulator

      Happy Sunday Aureo!

      Comment by sartenada — March 13, 2011 @ 10:37 | Reply

  35. I found your site on your reply to montuckey’s site. He is a neighbor of ours, and good friend. Really enjoyed your photos.

    Richard @ Melva Welty
    26 Blackjack Drive
    Plains, Mt.59859 USA

    Comment by Rich Welty — April 11, 2011 @ 20:59 | Reply

    • Hello Rich.

      What a glad surprise this morning when I saw Your lovely comment. Thank You.

      I love posts of Montucky. He is great writer very skillful photographer and great friend of nature. What more? I like his comments, because in them, I can see that he has studied my photos very thoroughly and associated text. Also he wants to know more in many cases and it is a delightful, that is what I love very much. If I cannot give good answer to him I am myself disappointed, just me. Many times I have talked with my wife concerning his questions and I think that we have solved correct answers.

      It is amazing that You are neighbors and at the same time it is wonderful. Although my country is small, I do not know any other co bloggers in Finland.

      Once more thank You leaving Your nice comment to make my day sunny this Tuesday morning.

      Comment by sartenada — April 12, 2011 @ 06:38 | Reply

  36. Such a beautiful “about” page… Very very well presented ! I see we have a lot of things in common. I also worked a few years at our National Airport, I also used computers since a very very long time (I worked for one of the biggest american computer companies : HP). I also love photography and comics…
    Isn’t that incredible… ?
    Thank you so much fro your comment on my blog (take a look at my reply on today’s post, I’m sure you’ll appreciate the link I gave you there😉

    Have a wonderful weekend🙂

    Comment by Tamara — May 15, 2011 @ 13:28 | Reply

    • Hello Tamara.

      Thank You, really nice comment. So much common although we live in different countries. That is fantastic. I spent two days in Brussels airport when I taught the Finnair team there to make statistics and reports by using Excel worksheets. From that time is now an eternity.🙂

      Have a happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — May 15, 2011 @ 15:51 | Reply

  37. Dear Matti,
    Thank you for sending me the email today. I am very pleased. It is the first time somebody has contacted me from youtube. I was born 1944 on this little island (Isle of Wight). My work was making parts for helicopters, commercial aircraft (including small parts for Concorde)and in the Hovercraft industry. For a few years I made parts for telephone switchgear (Ancient technology). Occasionally I make model cars for my hobby. Very simple models like toys for children. Today I used my lathe to make Toadstool from branch of tree. It is just for fun. I have never owned or driven a car in my life. I used to drive motor cycles. I visited Helsinki because I had 40 year dream of learning more about Kantele. I adore the sound of this wonderful instrument. When Hedi played her Kantele I cried. It was like being in heaven. (Maybe?) I was only five days in Helsinki. It was very civilised place and I was impressed by the Finnish people I met: so helpful, so friendly and plenty of smiles. Will I hear from you again? I hope so, Kindest Regards, Clive

    Comment by Clive Anderson — May 29, 2011 @ 12:57 | Reply

    • Hello Clive.

      Thank You very much telling so interesting story about Your life.

      I have been visiting inside the Concorde. That is yet possible for everyone in Sinsheim in Germany. It visited few times in Finland and last time when I saw it I was working in Ramp Control. Just before its take-off, I called to my wife (15 kilometers / 9 miles from airport) that she has to listen to its sound. Everybody in her job asked that what it was and my wife told calmly to them that You just heard when Concorde took take off.

      I guess that Your visit to Helsinki must have been great and more awesome that Your dream after 40 years came true – to listen to Kantele in live and to learn to play it. So Your dream came true as mine when flying in Flight simulator. Can dreams come true? Yes, dreams are coming true, but not at once.

      Interesting that You have not owned a car, but motor cycles. My “car carrier” started when I was very young, as You noticed. Also my dream to drive fast came true in Germany where are no speed limits.

      It was so nice to read that people here were friendly to You.

      I wish a very happy Sunday to You. I’ll return some day with my letter.

      Comment by sartenada — May 29, 2011 @ 16:51 | Reply

  38. Ciao. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Your photos are great. I love the wooden church. Happy blogging!

    Comment by Jennifer Avventura — June 14, 2011 @ 14:03 | Reply

    • Hello Jennifer.

      It was nice that You visited in my blog and left Your comment.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by sartenada — June 14, 2011 @ 14:08 | Reply

  39. Qué excelente y variada colección de fotos! Me encantan muchísimo las fotos de paisajes nevados, son maravillosos. Finlandia es un país muy bello y tenés flores muy lindas en el jardín. Cómo haces? Siembras en cada primavera? También las otras fotos de diferentes partes del mundo son muy buenas. Gracias.

    Comment by Consuelo Quesada — June 27, 2011 @ 08:47 | Reply

    • Hola Consuelo.

      Que alegria al leer tu comentario querida amiga. Estoy buscando muchas cosas para presentar de mi tierra, pero tu tierra is incredible.

      Saludos amables.

      Comment by sartenada — July 17, 2011 @ 12:58 | Reply

  40. Dear Sir,

    Thank you for visiting my blog… I enjoyed my first glimpse of your very large, informative and interesting blog… I’ll be back for more.
    May I please place your link on my blog roll?

    Kind regards,
    AJ

    Comment by aj vosse — July 17, 2011 @ 12:49 | Reply

    • Hello AJ.

      Thank You for Your visit. Of course You can link my blog to Your page.

      Well, what comes to my blog, is has plenty of photos and many themes from my quite unknown country.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — July 17, 2011 @ 12:53 | Reply

  41. Nice photos! Thanks for visiting my site as well. Keep shooting sir, your photos are great!

    Comment by Ryan Johnson — August 19, 2011 @ 15:42 | Reply

    • Hello Ryan.

      Thank You also for leaving Your comment.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by sartenada — August 28, 2011 @ 15:09 | Reply

  42. i love your photos Sartenada, thank you for sharing🙂

    Comment by pinkmountains — August 31, 2011 @ 08:08 | Reply

    • Hello Pinkmountains.

      Thank You for Your visit. It was so nice to know that my photos pleased to You.

      Comment by sartenada — August 31, 2011 @ 10:56 | Reply

  43. A very informative and photographic blog! I am happy I stopped by. I have learned a little bit more about Finland just by viewing your wonderful photos. Blogging is such a fantastic tool to share our small parts of the world to each other. Thank you for sharing!

    Comment by Peggy A Thompson — September 23, 2011 @ 17:31 | Reply

    • Hello Peggy.

      Thank You for Your nice comment. I guess that You a little bit info about my life and my world thru this page. Blogging is really fantastic way to get acquaintance with people in far away countries, their people, landscapes and what people have hobbies.

      Happy Saturday; it is Saturday morning here.

      Comment by sartenada — September 24, 2011 @ 09:00 | Reply

  44. Although I don’t have much time for blogging nowadays (I’m still working) I’ll be back, looking at your photos from Finland (and why not from other countries as well).

    Comment by hpy — October 5, 2011 @ 11:51 | Reply

    • Salut hpy.

      Thank You very much for Your nice comment. You are welcome. It maybe someday that in future I’ll present some photos from abroad also. These photos I presented here were only some examples.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 5, 2011 @ 12:22 | Reply

  45. What a great photo of your old 1950s folding camera! I’ll bet it still takes great photos.

    I am envious of your ability to drive “auf den Autobahnen.” It’s been almost 30 years since I’ve been to Germany, and though all I did was ride along on the Autobahn it was exhilerating to do so.

    Comment by Jim — October 5, 2011 @ 17:53 | Reply

    • Hello Jim.

      Thank You commenting. Yes, it is still working, but I do not have any film. I am so glad from Your comment about driving in Germany. “Auf den autobahnen” in Germany is the only place in the world where I can drive fast legally. We both enjoy the sound of motor and the speed. We visit in Germany every two year. Germany has many nice places and to get from one place to another is easy and “speedy”.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by sartenada — October 7, 2011 @ 10:25 | Reply

  46. Thanks for stopping by my blog and for you wonderful comment! Your photographs are beautiful…I enjoyed seeing the little bits and pieces of your life and visiting places I have never seen before! Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    Comment by Debbie W — October 18, 2011 @ 19:32 | Reply

    • Hi Debbie.

      It is so nice that You left small notice here. You are welcome to see what I’ll post in future. I am sure that You are not disappointed.🙂

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — October 19, 2011 @ 06:19 | Reply

  47. Hello It has been a while since I visited your site. i have enjoyed the photos and saw the ice sculptures and the big pile of snow on top of the car something like my photo last winter-i think you get lots more snow where you live.hope you are well in health and spirit,jane

    Comment by janechese — November 13, 2011 @ 07:46 | Reply

    • Hi Janeche.

      Thank You. Snow photos are lovely; I love snow very much, but also summer. Compared with last year, winter, I mean cold is now “delayed”, but surely snow will arrive.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by sartenada — November 15, 2011 @ 09:50 | Reply

  48. Wow! These are spectacular !

    Comment by Martina — November 23, 2011 @ 08:43 | Reply

    • Hi Martina.

      I am so glad that You liked my cocktail of photos from here and there.

      Happy Wednesday!

      Comment by sartenada — November 23, 2011 @ 09:00 | Reply

  49. I congratulate you on your precedents in the aviation, your experience is admirable.
    I have some friends who were commanders of Argentine Airlines and others of the Force It Airs that already they are not.
    It will be a taste to read your wonderful blog…

    Comment by 1cruzdelsur — November 24, 2011 @ 01:47 | Reply

    • Saludos 1cruzdelsur.

      Thank You. All that You said is very interesting to me.

      I have been twice in Buenos Aires. First in the beginning of 70ties as a tourist. Second time in the mid of 70ties as an air line officer. Then we brought from Berlin, Philharmonic of Berlin, to Buenos Aires via Ilha do Sal which in the Atlantic Ocean. After over night we returned with some Russian seaman onboard. I have deep discussion with the official (supervisor) of Aerolineas Argentinas concerning our handling methods. Also we were in contact few times by correspondence. Maybe I could give some ideas of handling procedures to Aerolineas Argentinas, who knows? 🙂

      I remember Buenos Aires as a wonderful huge and lovely city.

      Hasta proxima.

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

  50. Me han encantado tus fotos. Muy ocurrente la titulada ‘I knew it first: There is water on Mars!’, me he reído mucho😀. Espero poder hacer fotos de tantos lugares como tú y que lleguen a tenr esa calidad.

    Comment by Esther — December 9, 2011 @ 14:24 | Reply

    • Hola Ester.

      Muchas gracias por tu comentario tan agradable. Era un gran placer para mi leer tus comentario.

      Abrazos.

      Comment by sartenada — December 9, 2011 @ 15:14 | Reply

  51. It is a true plesure to go through your photos, one could spend hours studying all the detail. Does the the tourist agency of Finland know about your archive? Your photos attract tourists, no doubt about that. Happy New Year.

    Comment by Giiid — January 3, 2012 @ 13:07 | Reply

    • Hi Giiid.

      Thank You for Your visit and lovely comment. My About is a brief overview of my life and my photos. I am sure that no tourist agency knows my archive. Personally I feel that my photos are amateur photos, which is true. I am delighted every time when someone loves my posts and photos by commenting. Then I feel that my photographic trips and translations are not made in vain.

      Happy New Year 2012.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 3, 2012 @ 13:47 | Reply

  52. Sartenada! That “Water on Mars” photo is just too clever. Bravo for thinking of that one.

    Comment by cindydyer — January 10, 2012 @ 18:54 | Reply

    • Hi Cindy.

      Thank You. My photo is very old and at that time they wondered if there is water on Mars and I solved it from which I am very proud! LOL.

      Have lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 11, 2012 @ 08:16 | Reply

  53. Love your work! Thanks for reading my Peru feature on Lesley Carter’s website today🙂
    http://lifeasmodernwife.com/2012/01/23/featured-on-lesley-carters-blog/

    Comment by LifeAsModernWife — January 24, 2012 @ 02:27 | Reply

    • Hello LifeAsModernWife.

      You are welcome. Thank You for Your visit and comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 24, 2012 @ 08:52 | Reply

  54. Thanks for visiting the Rowanberry blog! I was glad to find your blog in return – so interesting! I really enjoyed reading about your life, and your photography as well. I’m sure I will be visiting often to see what’s new.

    Comment by Linda — January 24, 2012 @ 17:51 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      Thank You. I had great opportunity to read Your blog. It is so wonderful.

      Have a sunny day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 24, 2012 @ 17:58 | Reply

  55. […] I met the most interesting gentleman from Finland today who commented on my blog, thereby causing me to go back to view his blog.  And what a treasure!  I am sure that today’s post is just one of the many things I will bring to you that I have found on his site:  sartenada.wordpress.com […]

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  56. I can’t pick out any one photo to say which I love most. Beautiful country. I really love the photo of the snow at sunset.

    I’ll never see a sunset like that here in Hawaii. Well that is unless I go up to Haleakala in The big island. It snows up there where all the world telescopes are.

    Comment by kareninhonolulu — January 28, 2012 @ 02:56 | Reply

    • Hello Karen.

      Thank You commenting. Well, the difference between Hawaii and Finland is huge, I know it. Both countries have their own “good and bad” advantages, I guess so. From my last visit in Hawaii has passed nearly 40 years. My first trip to Honolulu was when I made my first round the world trip. Many waves have rolled on Waikiki beach in the meantime.🙂

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2012 @ 15:26 | Reply

  57. I love..love…love your photos! They create all different emotions! ~Sherry~

    Comment by Travel Spirit — February 27, 2012 @ 18:52 | Reply

    • Hello Sherry.

      Thank You very much leaving Your comment. I love it.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2012 @ 19:08 | Reply

  58. Beautiful photos of places around the world I have not yet visited. Finland looks beautiful. I love the pictures of Helsinki Cathedral, ice castle and castle of Turkur, and all the snow!!!

    Comment by Louise — March 2, 2012 @ 19:35 | Reply

    • Hello Louise.

      Thank You for Your comment. I am glad that You liked ice castle, it is so close to my heart.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 3, 2012 @ 14:23 | Reply

  59. Dear Matti,
    Thank you again for so many wonderful photographs; especially of Finnish countryside and Finnish churches. I hope you will excuse me – I sometimes put your photos on my church computer as desktop background. Other people look at your photos with pleasure and ask, “Where is that” I explain it is Finland where I visited in March 2011. I also explain that there are many more beautiful photos on this website.
    I left a comment here on May 29 2011. I always hoped I could visit Helsinki again. Yes!!! I have booked another holiday in May. I hope it will not snow like last time! Your photos have given me many ideas of where we shall visit. I am looking forward to being in Finland again, VERY MUCH INDEED!! Yippee!
    Thank you again for your inspiration,
    Every Blessing to you and your wife,
    Clive Anderson
    England

    Comment by Clive and Adi Anderson — March 6, 2012 @ 10:57 | Reply

    • Hello Clive and Adi.

      I remember very well Your first comment. Thank You. You are welcome again and I do hope that this time weather will sunny and warm. If You only staying in Helsinki, then You might look all my

      Helsinki photos.

      May is not the best time for visit, but sometimes it is sunny and warm indeed. I am very glad that You told this to me here. Are You going to visit on other places than In Helsinki this time?

      All the best to You and Yours!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 6, 2012 @ 13:06 | Reply

  60. Hello Matti,
    Thank you for your reply. I have looked at your Helsinki photos many times. Last time in Helsinki we were new to the city and everything was ice and snow. We saw some impressive things. This time I hope we will have NO SNOW or ICE. This time we can be more confident. We will try to visit many important places. It would be nice to see the Finnish countryside and some smaller towns but we won’t have much time. We will be in Helsinki for just seven days. This time we will try to get much more information from the Information Centre. I will also try to use the internet for planning our time in Helsinki. We are staying in Holiday Inn Helsinki West – Ruoholati. We are fully paid for flight, hotel and insurance. Yes! I am excited.
    There is no snow or ice here. It is getting warmer. Some days are almost like summer.
    My very best wishes to you and your wife,
    Clive and Adi

    Comment by Clive and Adi Anderson — March 7, 2012 @ 09:13 | Reply

  61. Great pics and lovely blog! Thanks for your comment on my website. Have a nice Sunday.

    Comment by Postcardaholic (@Postcardaholic) — March 11, 2012 @ 09:57 | Reply

    • Hello Postcardaholic.

      I am glad that You visited here and left Your nice comment.

      Happy Sunday to You too.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 11, 2012 @ 10:13 | Reply

  62. THANKS for visiting my “punny” photoblog and leaving a “like.” For an “amateur” photographer, your photos are MAGNIFICENT! They look very professional to me.

    –John

    Comment by J. A. Robinson — March 15, 2012 @ 17:38 | Reply

    • Hi John.

      Thank You very much for Your compliment. I am amateur. The only “trick” to get good photos is to be at right time at right place. That is it.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2012 @ 08:11 | Reply

  63. Por falta de tiempo, nunca había leído su biografía, ¡impresionante! ¡que vida tan intensa!, como ya sabe por comentarios en otros post, me encantan sus fotografías, hacen que quiera viajar a ver todo lo que usted muestra, ¡siga enseñándonos esas bellas imágenes! saludos

    Comment by ManoliRizoFotografia — March 21, 2012 @ 20:03 | Reply

    • Hola Manoli.

      Muchas gracias por tus palabras tan amables. Sí, mi vida ha sido interesante y continúa, lo espero. Bueno, ahora jubilado, tengo más tiempo para explorar mi país y otros sacando fotos, lo espero.

      ¡Abrazos¡

      Comment by Sartenada — March 22, 2012 @ 08:09 | Reply

  64. Nice blog and nice photos!

    Comment by corinneviking — March 22, 2012 @ 16:45 | Reply

    • Hi Corinne.

      Thank You. I am very happy that You liked my blog.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 22, 2012 @ 17:14 | Reply

  65. Thanks for stopping by!!! Wonderful images!!!!!

    Comment by laz — March 23, 2012 @ 02:01 | Reply

    • You are welcome. Thank You leaving Your comment here.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 23, 2012 @ 08:08 | Reply

  66. Fantastic photos. Keep up the good work! My great grandpa and great grandma on my mothers side are from Finland. Her maiden name is Koivu. Small world eh.

    Comment by dbphotousa — March 28, 2012 @ 01:40 | Reply

    • Hello dbphotousa.

      Yes indeed.🙂 Thank You for Your encouraging words. I am very glad that You liked my “cocktail” of photos presenting my little world.

      Happy blogging!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 28, 2012 @ 07:05 | Reply

  67. Hey – you have some great photos. I enjoyed looking through them. I hope you and your family are well and thanks for stopping by my blog too! Have a good week.

    Comment by Mark Moore (@pictureNC) — April 2, 2012 @ 15:13 | Reply

    • Hello Mark.

      Thank You very much stopping by and leaving Your comment. I love too Your photos.

      Happy New week!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2012 @ 15:20 | Reply

  68. I love photo blogs because I can see other places through other people’s eyes. Your photography is wonderful!
    Can’t wait to see more!

    Comment by small things photography — April 3, 2012 @ 16:51 | Reply

    • Hello Olena.

      Thank You. I appreciate photo blogs in the same way than You – making armchair travel guided by some devoted people who are familiar with the background and its substance.

      Have a lovely Day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 3, 2012 @ 18:34 | Reply

  69. What wonderful photos! We feel like we have traveled with you! We have been to some parts of Europe but we have failed to make it to Finland and your photos have driven our desires to new heights. Thank you for the experience. We hope to get up your way soon. Mike and Kim

    Comment by Ride2Adventure — April 17, 2012 @ 13:14 | Reply

    • Hello Mike and Kim.

      That was so nice to read Your comment. I am very glad if my blog has given to You some ideas.

      You might check this of my post:

      Log cabins and motor bikes

      Happy motor biking!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 17, 2012 @ 13:33 | Reply

  70. What beautiful and interesting photography!

    Comment by Jennifer's Journal — April 19, 2012 @ 14:17 | Reply

    • Hello Jennifer.

      Thank You for Your kind words. So glad to read that You did find my photos interesting.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 19, 2012 @ 15:23 | Reply

  71. My dear Sartenada! Terve!! What a treasure trove of interesting, beautiful, exquisite, never before seen photographs of Finland!!!!!!! I love them all!! I hope you get your photos published because I don’t think anyone has such a massive collection like you do! Take care and keep in touch! Sinun suomalainen kaveri, Sharon

    Comment by aleafinspringtime — April 20, 2012 @ 13:03 | Reply

    • Hi Sharon.

      That was so nice to read Your comment. I have never been thinking to publish my photos. I love to show them that people around the world can have a small idea from my country. My About me page is a good start to explore virtually Finland and then to find more details thru my posts.

      Happy week-end!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 20, 2012 @ 13:10 | Reply

      • Oh Sartenada, your photography is book worthy material! Seriously. Make a collection and send it to the publishers! We need more great photos of Finland to show the world!! So glad we met and take care! Hyvää viikonlopua! Sharon

        Comment by aleafinspringtime — April 20, 2012 @ 13:16 | Reply

  72. This is so cool that you have seen so much in the world. I would love to see more outside my bubble. Sometimes it is very hard and when I get older more obstacles seem to be appearing . But I have not given up yet! I want to be like you and photograph the world and show other people there is always more to discover. Let’s go out and interact with your environment and others. So many people have settled for less and I don’t want to be like that yet.

    Love your blogs. And of courses I like visiting churches too. So much history and art and energy poured in to creat them and even now to run them.

    Thanks for sharing and happy blogging!

    Comment by kam — April 25, 2012 @ 17:06 | Reply

    • Hi Kam.

      I am speechless from all that You told, so nicely. Thank You. Do not give up. If Your dream is to see our beautiful world full with marvelous things thru Your camera’s lens, do it. Everyone of us has our own style to do things, own interests, let’s us show them to others in our own way, then let’s us do it.

      If I understand correct, Your specialty is buildings. The word building keeps inside a whole world, life, changes, history, society, people, professions etc. That world is great and worth for studying and presentation, to evoke thoughts in people and thus to start them to think changes in a positive way. Sometimes there are things which must be changed, but how, to whom they serve, how they serve etc.

      I am very happy that You made a short “trip” thru my photos to my life and my world.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 25, 2012 @ 19:04 | Reply

  73. Wow, beautiful pics! I’d love to visit Finland one day. My favorite pics are the Temples of Luxor and Lake Pielinen, they are stunning. It is great to see how much you have traveled and how many beautiful places there are on our planet.

    Thank you for sharing it with us😉

    All the best!

    Kay

    Comment by travellersoul76 — April 25, 2012 @ 19:32 | Reply

    • Hello Kay.

      I am glad that You like my photos. Temples in Luxor are awesome. Last year we made a cruise on Nile and visited in many temples.

      The photo from lake Pielinen represents a different world. That world is peaceful, without any noises. Only noises are birdsongs. The photo I took one morning when lake Pielinen was very placid. Many times we rowed on the lake and enjoyed us from the beauty of the world “far away” from civilization.

      If You are interested, then take a look at my post in which I present the wonderful surroundings of lake Pielinen when we passed one week’s holiday there.

      Hired vacation cottage

      All the best to You also.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 26, 2012 @ 07:13 | Reply

  74. Thanks for visiting my website! Wonderful pictures. I am fascinated with your part of the world! Love, love, love the snow, ice, iceskating, wood churches, the lovely old buildings, simple lifestyle. Had a friend in elementary school who was Danish, mother worked for Danish Consolate, class visited Consolate in Wash. D.C. Beautiful, I’ll never forget it.

    I have been using an inexpensive Kodak P&S for a year and a half and just purchased a Pentax K20 (four years old, just before video addition). I didn’t realize until I got on Pentax Forum site I can use my Dad’s barely used lenses from his old camera, thats when I decided to buy Pentax also about half price of Nikon. I’m jealous of all your pics, still using my other camera and learning the Pentax, seems complicated.

    The old war road and your work background is reminiscent of my Dad who was a decorated WWII Pilot in the Pacific islands. His plane was a Corsair. He loved flying his plane. They still use them to fly under the radar in war zones. The percentage of pilots who left his squadron was very high, endless ocean with no communication after a few miles out, had to fly by controls, no landmarks! Pilots would often get lost and/or lose orientation sometimes go into a spin that was, almost impossible to come out of with that model, or just run out of fuel. No jumping out of those planes, props would kill you. If you did survive there no helicopters to fly low to find you, at the higher elevations it was almost impossible to see them, what my Dad described as trying to see an “inkspot” (oil on top of water, indicating downed plane).

    Comment by maisonarmoire — April 29, 2012 @ 18:26 | Reply

    • Hello Maisonarmoir.

      You cannot understand how I enjoyed Your comment!

      It is very seldom when people tell that they love snow. To live in a country where seasons come and go is wonderful although I miss sunshine and warm every now and them. The best is to see variation of seasons.

      I think that Pentax is high quality camera. If You have a used manual, then read it with care. I am reading it once a year and I find “new tricks” and setting from it. To reuse old lenses is nice things in these modern cameras. The fact is that Nikon lenses are very expensive. I am mainly using one lens which has capacity to take close-ups and which can show details from distance and which ISO setting lets me shoot photos inside dark churches.

      I can imagine very well the war machine called Corsair. In one of our aviation museum we have plane called Brewster. It is originally American and with it we got many victories. Some day I’ll make a post from it.

      Thank You very much for Your very interesting comment which warmed my heart much.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 30, 2012 @ 07:08 | Reply

  75. Very eclectic collection of photos you have here. The first one (the lake) puzzled me for a moment or two the sky’s reflection looked so real.

    Comment by The World Is My Cuttlefish — April 30, 2012 @ 15:54 | Reply

    • Hi The World Is My Cuttlefish.

      Thank You seeing my world. The photo You mention is part of our vacation:

      Vacation by the lake

      which we spent in Finland by the lake Pielinen few years ago. There totally four photos presenting cloud reflections.

      Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 1, 2012 @ 08:07 | Reply

  76. Beautiful images.
    Greetings from Brazil

    Comment by Mendonça — May 7, 2012 @ 20:01 | Reply

    • Hi Mendonça.

      I am glad that My photos pleased You.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 8, 2012 @ 06:24 | Reply

  77. Thanks for your comment! Scrolling through your photos was almost like a trip to Finland! So, until I get there in person, I will keep looking at your photos, so keep on posting!🙂

    Comment by urbangoose — May 8, 2012 @ 23:01 | Reply

    • Hi Urbangoose.

      Thank You for Your comment and “visiting Finland thru my photos”.

      Happy day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 9, 2012 @ 06:03 | Reply

  78. Your photos are magnificent. I can’t even list how many of them I like – too many!

    Comment by luchaniktravel — June 2, 2012 @ 01:05 | Reply

    • Hello Luchaniktravel.

      Thank You. Thru my photos got an idea about my “world”.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 2, 2012 @ 07:36 | Reply

  79. enjoyed all the photos: beautiful christmas candle in the snow, carved pulpits, shadows of a Finnish fence…so many. They gave me great pleasure!!!!!!!!!

    Comment by Wings of Wonder — June 3, 2012 @ 20:45 | Reply

    • Hello Linda.

      There are lot of photos in my About page, but they give a small idea from my world. Thank You leaving Your nice comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 4, 2012 @ 06:50 | Reply

  80. Wow this makes me realize there is so much more of Finland for me to discover! Great pictures!

    Comment by travelwithjodi — June 10, 2012 @ 17:41 | Reply

    • Hello Jodi.

      I am glad that You got a picture of my “unknown” country thru my photos.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 11, 2012 @ 06:27 | Reply

  81. Your pictures are absolutely breathtaking! You have traveled extensively and show the famous world sites, but your pictures of Finland show the natural beauty of your home country. Makes me want to visit!

    Comment by rikristin — June 12, 2012 @ 17:53 | Reply

    • Hi Rikristin.

      Your kind words warm my heart. Thank You.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 13, 2012 @ 06:34 | Reply

  82. WOW! Nice to “meet” you🙂 I L-O-V-E #4 & #5, embers, fire, ice on springs, your house in the winter with lights, ice house….I forgot the rest….my brain could only hold so many things to remember!

    Comment by Carol Dunnigan — June 19, 2012 @ 08:12 | Reply

    • Hi Carol.

      So nice that You checked my About page. I do it always before commenting that I know where the blogger lives, what he / she is doing, hobbies etc. You were the first one who noticed our house in winter. It one of my favorite photo although I took it with my first digital camera (5.0 megapixel).

      Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 19, 2012 @ 10:39 | Reply

  83. Your photos are beautiful and very interesting.

    Comment by hayley — June 25, 2012 @ 12:18 | Reply

    • Hello Hayley.

      I am very happy that You checked my About page. I always check everyone’s just that I can get an idea of the blogging person.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 25, 2012 @ 12:34 | Reply

  84. Fabulous photos! I’m adding Finland to my list of places to visit! e1aine sent me here and I’m glad she did!

    Comment by kathyoinspirations — June 27, 2012 @ 18:04 | Reply

    • Hello Kathyo.

      Thank You. I am glad that You noticed my “unknown” country. My country is small, but there is indeed something to be explored. My personal favorites are my posts telling with pictures

      Car trip beyond the Arctic Circle

      There are links to the next posts and previous. Say hello to e1aine.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 28, 2012 @ 06:36 | Reply

  85. hola, tu mirada fotografica es hermosa. encontre tus fotos buscando algo de samba y luego me interese en todo tu blog. felicidades y gracias por este hermoso regalo. saludos de mexico.

    Comment by adela zamora — July 1, 2012 @ 22:31 | Reply

    • Hola Adela.

      Estoy muy contento que has visto algunos de mis otros mensajes tambíen que solo Samba.

      Abrazos!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 2, 2012 @ 15:47 | Reply

  86. Moi Matti! Absolutely fantastic collection! The best of Finland. It would be great to hear from you when you have time. Hyvää viikonloppua!😀 Sharon

    Comment by aleafinspringtime — August 16, 2012 @ 21:19 | Reply

    • Hi Sharon.

      I am glad that You did like my photos. I think that my About is presenting Finland in a nutshell.

      Happy week-end.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 17, 2012 @ 06:47 | Reply

  87. I’m glad that your found my blog because it has led me to follow your adventures and excellent travel stories and photos. Though I’ve only been following you for a short time, I’ve enjoyed your posts. In recognition of your travel inspiration, I’ve nominated you to receive the “Adventurous Blogger Award.” Here’s a link for more information and for acceptance terms. Cheers.

    http://bespoketraveler.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/adventurous-blogger-award/

    Comment by Bespoke Traveler — September 3, 2012 @ 19:43 | Reply

    • Hello Bespoke Traveler.

      I do not know why You selected me, but I am very honored about it. I added Your award here:

      Blogger awards

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 4, 2012 @ 16:54 | Reply

  88. Sartenada, thank you for finding my blog, it led me to find yours! Beautiful photos! And thanks for the winter/summer tips in Finland!

    Comment by The Honorary Finn — September 4, 2012 @ 16:22 | Reply

    • Hi Diana.

      You are welcome. I am happy that I could You to get ideas from Finland which has plenty of to get.

      Happy Tuesday!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 4, 2012 @ 16:28 | Reply

  89. What an interesting life you had and still have!

    Comment by Laura4NYC — September 7, 2012 @ 17:06 | Reply

    • Hello Laura.

      I am glad that You wanted to know “my life in nut shell”. Thank You.

      Happy week-end.

      Comment by Sartenada — September 8, 2012 @ 08:05 | Reply

  90. Hi there, thanks for finding my blog so I thought I’d take a look at yours. Some stunning photosgraphs there and some fascinating subjects. Look forward to more
    Cheers
    Andy

    Comment by surfnslide — September 9, 2012 @ 12:33 | Reply

    • Hi Andy.

      I am glad that You checked my photo blog also. I am posting only once a week and Friday is the day generally.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 9, 2012 @ 12:48 | Reply

  91. A simply wonderful portfolio of images! Thanks for visiting my memorial to 9/11! (I think that would be 11/9 in Finland but I’ve never been there.)

    Comment by grantresults — September 12, 2012 @ 17:31 | Reply

    • Hello Grantreasults.

      I am glad that You liked my photos from all over Finland and some of them my life. What comes to 11/9, I remember the day very well. I was driving ho home from my work and heard it first time in my car. When in home, I started to channel surfing from satellite television. I yet have four hours of video from that.

      Thank You for Your comment and visiting my site.

      Happy Thursday!

      Happy Thursday!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 13, 2012 @ 06:34 | Reply

  92. Hi, I have nominated you for some awards. If you would like to accept them, please see my site for details – http://lizziejoysphotosuite.com Blessings xx

    Comment by lizziejoy10 — September 15, 2012 @ 14:57 | Reply

  93. Beautiful photos!

    Comment by Logger's Daughter — September 19, 2012 @ 14:07 | Reply

    • Hello Logger’s Daughter.

      Thank You very much. I am glad that You like my photos.

      Have a lovely day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 19, 2012 @ 15:32 | Reply

  94. What great photographs. Like all of them….

    Comment by Mary Gilmartin — December 4, 2012 @ 15:35 | Reply

    • Hello Mary.

      That was so nice to read. Thank You. Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 4, 2012 @ 15:50 | Reply

  95. Sartenada, thanks for visiting my site and leaving some comments. I think your photos are awesome and you have me already planning a holiday one day to see Finland!
    I like the mailbox photo (as well as all the lovely ones of your yard) and wondered if you would like to post the mailbox photo on its own? The reason is that I have an Amazing Mailbox Quest on my blog and I am looking for mailbox photos from around the world. If you are interested in joining in, you can see the first post at: http://madoqua.wordpress.com/2012/12/07/amazing-mailbox-quest/

    Comment by Madoqua — January 6, 2013 @ 13:29 | Reply

    • Hello Madoqua.

      Thank You for Your comment. I’ll consider Your “offer” to post my mailbox photo.

      Happy Sunday.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 6, 2013 @ 16:58 | Reply

  96. What a fascinating variety of pictures! My, you do get a bit of snow up there, don’t you? The sunrise and the snow is a sight to behold. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Comment by pattisj — January 23, 2013 @ 23:37 | Reply

    • Hi Patti.

      I am very happy that You liked my photos. I tried to find variety to show my “world”. Yes, in winter we have real winter with snow and ice. This winter I have been walking on ice which covers the nearby lake. Thank You commenting here.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 24, 2013 @ 08:07 | Reply

  97. Hello from Canada!!

    What an awesome “photo album” and blog you are sharing with the world!!! Thank you!!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Have a good evening!!
    carmen

    Comment by Carmen — February 6, 2013 @ 15:48 | Reply

    • Hi Carmen.

      I am glad that You visited my blog / About me page. Yes, there are great amount of pictures and small info from my life.

      I wish to You wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 6, 2013 @ 15:52 | Reply

  98. HI, thanks for visiting my blog. Your photos are great, I loved the snow themed pictures and of course your photographs of Pompeii and Capri. You must have had a nice clear day to get that great shot of Vesuvius from Sorrento harbour! It was very humid and misty when I was there, and so not a very clear view.

    Comment by sarahryan85 — February 9, 2013 @ 22:56 | Reply

    • Hi Sarah.

      Yes indeed. We spent our vacation one week in Sorrento making daily walks, visiting Capri, Vesuvius, Pompeii, and Naples. All the week it was sunny although the tourist season ended at the same week.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 10, 2013 @ 09:53 | Reply

  99. You take beautiful photos and have had an interesting life~

    Comment by Vividhunter — February 27, 2013 @ 14:59 | Reply

    • Hello Felix.

      Thank You. so it has been and still continues.

      Have great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2013 @ 15:58 | Reply

  100. Upeita kuvia Suomesta!! Tulen toistekkin🙂

    Comment by tiny lessons blog — March 8, 2013 @ 16:38 | Reply

    • Hi Tiny lessons.

      Kiitos kommentista. Kuvien upeudesta en tiedä, mutta olen yrittänyt löytää variaatioita aihepiireistä, jotka antavat kuvan Suomesta. Suomihan on keskimäärin tuntematon maailmalla, mutta blogini auttaa ehkä edes pikkiriikkisen sen tunnetuksi tekemistä. Kuten näit aihe piirini käsittelevät kaikkea mitä Suomesta, suomalaisuudesta ja kansan harrastuksista löytyy. Sinun blogisi vaikuttaa oikein hyvältä myös. Taltioin linkin ja vierailen uudestaan. Hämmästyttävintä on kuitenkin se, että suurin osa kävijöistä on Etelä- ja Keski-Amerikasta.

      Hyvää päivän jatkoa ja kaikkea hyvää.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 9, 2013 @ 09:39 | Reply

      • Hyvaa viikonloppua sinne myos! Mina otan aina kuvia Suomesta kun kayn siella ja sitten kaytan niita runojen ja muitten juttujen kuvittamiseen, kuten varmaan huomasit. Sinun blogisi antaa hyvaa mainosta, toivottavasti saat lukijoita myos taalta USAsta – katsotaan mita voin tehda asian hyvaksi kun seuraavan kerran kirjoitan kiitokset “palkinnoista”…!

        Comment by tiny lessons blog — March 9, 2013 @ 17:37 | Reply

        • Hei Tiny lessons blog.

          Kiitos viestistä. Runot ovat hienoja. Minäkin kirjoitin niitä n. 28 vuotta sitten omaksi ilokseni. Ne kertoivat ihmiselämästä. Eivät ne mitään heinoja olleet, mutta lauseet päättyivät aina edellisen mukaan siten, että vain ensimmäinen kirjain vaihtui. Sitä aikaa kesti elämässäni vajaat kaksi vuotta. Niiden kirjoittamiseen oli sisäinen pakko.

          En tiedä mitä tarkoitit palkinnoista, mutta ethän van tarkoittanut mitään Awardeja. Olen tietysti ylpeä niistä, mutta en enää ota niitä vastaan.

          Hyvää sunnuntaita.

          Comment by Sartenada — March 10, 2013 @ 09:32 | Reply

  101. I love your photos and I see your first camera. Do you still have it? It’s such an interesting piece and a collector’s item like mine no doubt. Your dog Saku was very handsome as were you🙂
    It looks like you had quite a career too. Was that you wake boarding? I look forward to seeing more of your posts. Your blog is amazing🙂

    Comment by Through My Eyes — March 9, 2013 @ 13:10 | Reply

    • Hi Through My Eyes.

      Yes I have it yet today. Thank You liking Saku. He was very dear to me and I still remember him after 50 years. Yes, my career was interesting indeed. When becoming older I had to struggle from my place in the company. I solved it by studying to programming although I was old, but I had visions what my company needed and it was successful. One day our president awarded me a medal of honor. I am proud about it. My photo from wake boarding is not presenting me. I took videos and photos from it, because it looked so fantastic and the country was Germany.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment here.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 9, 2013 @ 13:29 | Reply

  102. Beautiful dog and oh what a camera! Lovely photos you posted there. Thanks for popping into my blog.

    Comment by newsferret — March 9, 2013 @ 13:35 | Reply

    • Hi Hermann.

      I am glad that You did like my About me page. Thank You commenting so kindly.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 9, 2013 @ 13:44 | Reply

  103. So many lovely pictures! I especially like the snowy scenes in Finland – I’m not used to that much snow so it’s fascinating to see.

    Comment by strollingsouthamerica — March 19, 2013 @ 18:03 | Reply

    • Hello Rosanna.

      Thank You. I am happy that You love my snow photos. Depending on whether one lives in the North or in the South our snowy winters from four months up to five or six months. Of course there are local variations. This winter was consecutively the third winter which was very cold and snowy, although wise men talk about global warming.🙂

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 20, 2013 @ 08:00 | Reply

  104. Thank you for finding my blog. I don’t have as many photos on there as you do, I have only just started. I love your photos, especially the one taken from your window.

    Comment by shirleyford929 — March 24, 2013 @ 15:27 | Reply

    • Hello Shirley.

      Thank You. Every one of us has been “beginner” here. I always want to encourage people with their blogs.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 24, 2013 @ 15:38 | Reply

  105. Love you photos and Finland will be a holiday next year, this year we are going to Scotland and Wales, but maybe next year…..Finland. I have been to Norway, Sweden and Demark but never got a far as Finland, so fingers cross and yes I will ask for your help when planing. Many thanks, Lynne

    Comment by blosslyn — March 26, 2013 @ 14:38 | Reply

    • Hi Lynne.

      I love making plans in good time. It lets imagination and dreaming fulfill. We have not been in Scotland and Wales not yet, but who knows the future. I am sure that they are great places to study and to shoot photos. Yes, I will help, with great pleasure, You to find best place and easiest way to travel from one place to another. There are two things which You have to tell to me the length of Your visit and Your interests.

      I have been driving around my country nearly everywhere. One good example is how much I have travelled by my car when seeking those Poor-man statues; 20000 kilometers, but this amount includes our car holidays and my car driving around from here and there. If I listen in our radio a place’s name, then I return to my mind if I have photographed its church.🙂 Matti

      Comment by Sartenada — March 26, 2013 @ 15:03 | Reply

  106. Hello Mr. Sartenada,…thank you very much for visit my site. You have wonderful blog as well as great to see how you maintain your daily life after retire. I like your blog.

    Comment by FON (Free Online News) — April 10, 2013 @ 07:17 | Reply

    • Hello FON.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Well, after retirement I have time to explore my country. It may sound odd that I have found so many interesting things in my country which I had no ideas. Camera and blogging keep me active and trying to make better and better translations in Spanish and French. Life is learning! My wife is active due to her hobbies, she likes beading and quilting. Just now she started to learn a new kind hobby for her hands and someday I’ll post what she learned and made.

      Your blog is also high quality blog. I tried to make a comment on Hollywood sand sculptures, but I could not.

      Here is link to my posts to present sand sculptures in Finland:

      Sand Statues in Finland.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 10, 2013 @ 07:29 | Reply

  107. Thanks for stapping by my blog🙂 Your photos are beautiful – especially the embers and snow on a plant.

    Comment by Rachel — April 11, 2013 @ 17:58 | Reply

    • Hello Rachel.

      Thank You commenting my About page. I am happy that You did find some interesting photos. Next Friday I’ll post a winter post presenting the Arctic Circle in February. There will be awesome photos.

      Happy Friday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 12, 2013 @ 07:04 | Reply

  108. These are beautiful photos!!!🙂

    Comment by My Life Afterglow — April 12, 2013 @ 15:31 | Reply

    • Hi My Life Afterglow.

      Thank You very much commenting. I am happy that You did like them.

      Happy Saturday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 13, 2013 @ 08:13 | Reply

  109. Hi Sartenada,
    What a beautiful way to introduce yourself. Love your photos – especially like that you’ve included some of yourself because I can now picture who I’m talking to😀

    btw I don’t see anything in the alter, but I really like the photo.

    Comment by dearrosie — April 15, 2013 @ 07:47 | Reply

    • Hi Rosanne.

      Thank You commenting my About me post. I am happy that You did love it. It is important to know “something” from our fellow bloggers.🙂 See You in Your posts.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 15, 2013 @ 09:17 | Reply

  110. Hi Matti, I have nominated you for the “Super Sweet Blogging Award”.
    Feel free to click on the below link if you wish to accept the award and all you need to do is follow the quick and simple rules.
    Well done and congrats for being one of my nominees: http://luchaniktravel.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/super-sweet-blogging-award/ Thanks, Davinder

    Comment by Davinder Kaur — May 5, 2013 @ 11:26 | Reply

    • Hello Davinder.

      I appreciate highly it very much, thank You, but I cannot accept it because I am not anymore taking awards / nominations.

      Here:

      My awards

      I am so sorry!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 5, 2013 @ 13:47 | Reply

      • Hi Matti, it’s no problem. I have realized that while it is nice to get awards, they do require quite a bit of time and work, and I completely understand. I hope you are having a terrific weekend.

        Comment by Davinder Kaur — May 5, 2013 @ 20:00 | Reply

  111. Beautiful pictures and wonderful blog! Never been yet to your part of the world but I would love to one day and experience seeing for real the beauty of your winter wonderland and those magical auroras. 😉

    Comment by Malou — May 27, 2013 @ 12:32 | Reply

    • Hello Malou.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. You are welcome. I am sure that there many things to be explored for Your taste.

      Have great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 27, 2013 @ 13:38 | Reply

  112. Your photos are amazing. Just wanted to share my hiliarious Ecuadorian adventure with a fellow writer. Hope you enjoy mine as much as I have enjoyed yours.
    http://www.atruetalltale.wordpress.com

    Comment by Erin Elizabeth — June 5, 2013 @ 16:04 | Reply

    • Hello Erin.

      Thank You leaving Your kind comment. Yes, I will. In my youth I spent two nights in Quito. Unforgettable.

      Happy blogging!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 6, 2013 @ 07:07 | Reply

  113. Thank you for sharing, Matti! I will have to go to FInland again and see if I can find “silent people” and carvings and old churches. I mostly saw relatives last time I was there – and Turku and Pori – maybe a bit north of there.

    Comment by beckylindroos — June 28, 2013 @ 16:53 | Reply

    • Hello Becky.

      Thank You visiting my About page. As You saw it was great collection photos around Finland. Silent people in Suomussalmi, is one of my favorite place to stop when on the way to the North. Last time when we made road trip starting from Rovaniemi / Arctic Circle up to Norway (Kirkenes), we returned via Suomussalmi.

      Here is my post from it:

      Dancing scarecrows

      If You are interested in to visit our Lapland, then check my series of posts from our road trip:

      It starts here having links back / forward:

      Beyond the Arctic Circle1

      On our trip we did find many carvings, old wooden church and much more interesting things.

      I have also huge collection of our unique wooden pauper (poor man) statues. They are unique in the whole world:

      Poor-man statues in Finland

      In Finland we have also wonderful:

      Beautiful bell towers in Finland.

      They are separated from churches and generally those churches are on country side.

      After seeing my posts, You are sure to visit again Finland.

      Welcome!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 30, 2013 @ 08:31 | Reply

  114. Great stuff, Matti! Thanks! Did I mention that one of my Finland cousins is named Matti?)

    Comment by beckylindroos — June 28, 2013 @ 18:54 | Reply

    • Thank You for this info.

      Matti was very general name in 40ties, 50ties and 60ties. I like my name.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 30, 2013 @ 08:33 | Reply

  115. What an excellent collection of photos! You have an eye for the unusual and the eccentric! Finland emerges as a wonderful country which I must visit soon (although, this year, I think it will be Estonia, which is meant to be a little like Finland?). I am glad you like “In search of unusual destinations”, by the way (and the painted walls of Texas in particular).

    Comment by philandre — July 8, 2013 @ 09:23 | Reply

    • Thank You for Your kind comment.

      You are welcome someday to Finland! Estonia and Finland differs from each other very much. I do not know which things You like, but”normally” our Northernmost part, called Lapland, is exotic to tourists. Exotic in winter and in summer. Lapland although it is in the North is not Tundra, but landscapes with extraordinary sights.

      One year ago I made a series of posts presenting it. My series starts at:

      Beyond the Arctic Circle1.

      It brings You even to the Norway, cruising on the Northernmost lake in Finland, visiting bear’s nest stone climbing to top of Arctic hills, presenting log cabins, huge amount of reindeers etc.

      If You would come in winter here are two examples of winter expediencies:

      Acrtic Circle in winter

      World’s Biggest Snow Castle 2012

      Possibilities are great amount. If You are interested to make a “time travel”, then look at my post from the part of Russian Karelia which we lost in WWII:

      Return to the roots

      Happy blogging and travel!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 8, 2013 @ 11:23 | Reply

  116. Thanks for coming to my blog.. Your pictures are great. I like so many, I don’t know where to start! I too have d300 and 18-200..but I have the olympus OM DE right now because the Nikon is too heavy after an accident… Nice to meet you…

    Comment by Barbara — July 19, 2013 @ 14:57 | Reply

    • Hi Barbara.

      Thank You “visiting Finland” thru my photos and leaving Your kind comment. I understand You very well when mentioning accident. Nice to meet You too.

      Comment by Sartenada — July 20, 2013 @ 08:14 | Reply

  117. Beautiful photographs. You have a wonderful talent.

    Comment by Mazigrace — July 28, 2013 @ 16:49 | Reply

    • Hi Mazigrace.

      Thank You very much for Your kind comment. I am really happy that You checked my About page.

      Have happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 28, 2013 @ 18:25 | Reply

  118. Thank you again for your kind and lovely comments. You have great posts and interesting photos! Reading your blog makes me feel very proud of home country. Great work! Can’t wait to read more!

    Comment by beachbee — July 29, 2013 @ 20:17 | Reply

    • Hi Beachbee.

      Thank You. You have also great photos and interesting posts.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 30, 2013 @ 07:05 | Reply

  119. Thanks for dropping by – I added you to my blogroll because I cannot get enough of those lovely Finland photos. You really have visited many of the places me and my husband have, including Sinsheim🙂

    Comment by alcessa — July 30, 2013 @ 15:14 | Reply

    • Hello Alcessa.

      Thank You for Your kind comment. Very nice to read that You know Sinsheim. We love to drive our car in Germany due to its “no speed limits” on its highways – fast and exciting. Also there is so much to see, friendly people. Next spring we’ll go again to Germany making car trip there. My wife speaks German and me a little, so it is easy to visit. Several years ago I made work many trips to Aachen when my company ordered huge computer program from there to Helsinki airport.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 30, 2013 @ 16:59 | Reply

  120. Thank you for sharing your part of the world with us. It seems like you are surrounded by lots of creative crafts people (including yourself). Of course, those long winters lend themselves to creativity immersion, unless cabin fever drives you South….

    Comment by Beauty Along the Road — October 10, 2013 @ 18:28 | Reply

    • Hello Anaber.

      I love art in its many forms like beads, quilts, carved wood, art on graveyard (memorials), altapieces etc. Thank You commenting my About.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 11, 2013 @ 07:09 | Reply

  121. Oh my goodness, you are not an amateur. Those pictures are amazing, especially Spider Man. Thanks so much for dropping by “Honey.”

    Comment by honey — October 11, 2013 @ 23:12 | Reply

    • Hi honey.

      Thank You for Your kind and praising comment. I am amateur and my camera is already five years old. The best thing in photography is to be at right place at right time, with camera, of course.

      Have a great time!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 13, 2013 @ 12:39 | Reply

  122. Beautiful. Blessings, Mtetar

    Comment by mtetar — October 13, 2013 @ 21:23 | Reply

    • Hi Mtetar.

      Thank You very much also visiting my About me page and leaving Your comment.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 14, 2013 @ 08:59 | Reply

      • You’re always welcome and it is my pleasure. Blessings, Mtetar

        Comment by mtetar — October 14, 2013 @ 16:43 | Reply

  123. Bonjour et merci pour ta visite à mon blog…🙂 I love Scandinavian countries, lucky you!🙂 My very best, friendly greetings from Toulouse, the European capital of space & aviation and have a pleasant evening! Cheers, Mélanie

    Comment by melanie — October 18, 2013 @ 16:25 | Reply

    • Hello Mélanie.

      Thank You reading my about page and commenting it. We have not visited in Toulouse, but I knew the town by the name, because Super Caravelles were made there. I hope that You took a look at my post A day as a pilot. In this post I am flying in the simulator of Super Caravelle made in Toulouse!

      je te souhaite un agréable weekend!. Bisous.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 19, 2013 @ 08:06 | Reply

  124. Some great shots here. Thanks for your own visit to me wee blog and for your comments, really appreciated. Please feel free to come back and take a further nosey. 🍀

    Comment by meticulousmick — December 8, 2013 @ 18:49 | Reply

    • Hi Mick.

      Thank You for Your kind comment here. Your photos are great and I love them. Next Friday on Friday 13th, 2014, I’ll post again from my favorite item “World’s biggest Snow Castle”. I hope that You’ll make the trip to it thru my photos.

      Happy blogging!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 9, 2013 @ 08:37 | Reply

  125. Thank you for following allthingsyogi! great photos

    Comment by Candice — December 12, 2013 @ 22:08 | Reply

  126. Moi! Kyllaä Suomi on kaunis maa!!! Kauniita kuvia! Terveisiä vaimolle, meillä on yhteinen harrastus🙂 Tervetuloa myös Eestiin (Viroon)!

    Comment by kungfumoor — January 13, 2014 @ 08:04 | Reply

    • Kiitos Kungfumoor kommentista ja vierailusta blogissani.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 13, 2014 @ 08:50 | Reply

  127. I’m astonished at the great quantity of places you have visited , and the great quality of your takes!
    Your life seems to be very interesting and you are a great person, my dear friend!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — January 13, 2014 @ 11:14 | Reply

    • Hello Anna.

      Thank You checking my “About me” page. In it there is Finland in a nutshell, and my life.🙂 when I was working, I travelled a lot of abroad, but did not have time to explore my country. Now I try to do so.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 13, 2014 @ 13:41 | Reply

  128. Impressive blog, outstanding photos, great experiences and memories. You’ve got it all here. Your country (well, it’s my country too now) is indeed beautiful and I marvel at the beauty that comes with every season. Thank you for sharing.

    Comment by cocoaupnorth — January 15, 2014 @ 11:10 | Reply

    • Hello Cocoaupnorth.

      Thank You for Your praising comment. In Finland we have huge amount of places and nature beauty to show others. We just have to explore them.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 15, 2014 @ 11:24 | Reply

  129. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Comment by aquacompass7 — January 18, 2014 @ 04:50 | Reply

  130. ¡Buen reportaje! con él he podido viajar por diversos lugares del mundo. Gracias.

    Ja, ja… se ve que estás muy orgulloso de tu precioso coche!

    Comment by Isabel F. Bernaldo de Quirós — January 27, 2014 @ 12:29 | Reply

    • Hola Isabel.

      Ja, ja, yo lo soy.🙂 Bueno, los carros son muy caros en Finlandia y por eso soy muy orgulloso. ¡Muchas gracias por tu comentario tan amable!

      Abrazos y besitos.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 27, 2014 @ 12:39 | Reply

  131. Thanks for the comments and for stopping by my blog. I look forward to exploring Finland through your wonderful photos. I love the Royer! Cheers.

    Comment by icefogger — January 30, 2014 @ 06:52 | Reply

    • Hello Icefooger.

      Thank You. I am glad that You commented my About me page. So You noticed my Royer camera which my late father gave to me. I am yet today proud abbot it.

      Have a great day! Cheers.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 30, 2014 @ 08:33 | Reply

  132. Good morning in Finland, after having admired your marvellous pictures and read your introduction I feel like having just returned from your country. I have also seen that you have been in Liechtenstein! I also love your foto from Luxor I remember that it was so touching to be there in the evening. I wish you all the best for your future blog jobs.Very best regards Martina

    Comment by Martina Ramsauer — February 15, 2014 @ 10:59 | Reply

    • Hi Martina.

      Wow what a comment! Thank You. Yesterday we saw landscapes from Switzerland in our television and I have to say that Your country t is so beautiful. It inspired us to visit it again someday. We have made quick visits in Zûrich and Genève. Few years ago we got lost on our road trip around the Lake Bodensee after visiting the Insel Mainau from German side to Swiss side. Happily we were helped by a nice guy in a small Swiss village to find the right road back to Germany.

      BTW, I have few videos from our four day Nile cruise among my videos. Link from under the Blogroll.

      All the best to You.

      Comment by Sartenada — February 15, 2014 @ 13:18 | Reply

      • I grew up near the Lake Constance and I love the place like the Mainau Island. It would probably be very pleasant in summer by bicycle. Anyway, I see that you made some positive experiences with Swiss people. Maybe, when you travel to Venice you make a stopover in our Canton Ticino. All the best. Martina

        Comment by Martina Ramsauer — February 15, 2014 @ 19:45 | Reply

  133. thanks for passing by my blog I am following
    I am Mexican living in united states
    un saludo

    Comment by Doris — March 1, 2014 @ 21:43 | Reply

    • Hola Doris.

      Thank You. I am glad that You commented my About page. I hope that You’ll have fun with my future posts.

      Have a wonderful day.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 2, 2014 @ 08:43 | Reply

  134. I’m so glad I came across this blog. All 4 of my grandparents were born in Finland, Perho, Haukipudas, and Hailuoto. I spoke Finnish as a child, lost the language, and now am taking a class to relearn it. I recently read the trilogy Under the North Star by Vaino Linna. I was so touched by Jussi in the first book, clearing the swamp with a hoe and his back. He reminded me of one of my grandparents. There is a statue in Venteli by Tapio Wirkkala of a farmer with his hoe looking out over the land. At the base are 3 words, strength, work, and honor. I plan on going there in June 2015 with two friends to see that statue. We are retired teachers and all have relatives scattered throughout Finland. I will enjoy this blog, with your wonderful pictures, as we continue to prepare for this trip. I have been to Finland twice, but this time it will be with more of a look at history. I live in Washington State. Will be posting again, thank you—Donna

    Comment by Donna Uskoski — March 8, 2014 @ 02:01 | Reply

  135. Wow, je suis très impressionnée par la vie très remplie et passionnante que tu as eu.
    Je suis ravie d’avoir lu ton “about” et de connaître toutes ces choses de toi maintenant.
    Je suis très contente de te suivre et de découvrir tous les paysages si lointains de mon pays au fil de tes photos.
    Bises

    Comment by Sophie L. — May 2, 2014 @ 16:01 | Reply

    • Merci beaucoup Sophie.

      Vos paroles me flattent, merci. Mon travail était vraiment imposant et encore aujourd’hui de temps en temps, je rêve de ces jours. Lorsque je travaillais, je n’ai pas eu le temps d’explorer mon pays, mais maintenant je je le connais mieux que autres personnes. J’ai conduit autour ça et là et me plais particulièrement les routes des petites villages. Là, la vie est paisible.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 3, 2014 @ 11:55 | Reply

  136. Absolutely stunning photos! What a great photo-gallery.
    I see I have liked this post before, but I think you have added photos since then, I am glad I had another look.😉

    Comment by Tokeloshe — June 4, 2014 @ 17:01 | Reply

    • Encontré en mi correo un comentario sobre esta entrada….
      Estuve mirando de nuevo tu magnifica galería de fotos y tengo que felicitarte una vez mas!
      Bravo, Matti!

      Comment by 76sanfermo — June 4, 2014 @ 18:10 | Reply

      • Hola Anna.

        Cada vez mi corazón canta cuando tu visitas mi blog. Probablemente usted has notado también entre mis fotos, fotos de Italia. Gracias al comentar nuevamente.

        Que tengas un buen día!

        Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2014 @ 12:15 | Reply

  137. Hi,

    Great blog. I think I may have left a comment before on your blog but I am not sure. I apologize if I did.

    I was wondering if you would be interested in providing a guest post on our site, Retirement And Good Living, about living/retiring in Finland.

    Please send me an email if you are interested and I will forward additional information.

    Thanks,

    Simone Harrison

    Comment by Simone Harrison — June 4, 2014 @ 17:15 | Reply

    • Hi Simone.
      Thank You very much. Well, thank You, but I am not interested, but visitors of my blog can follow my activities thru my blog. One among them is learning Portuguese as a new language at the age of 70. My mind I keep active by listening to the music and reading books in French, looking at detective stories from TV, no pre laughs programs. Training brains is important to me, food with vegetables, avoiding too much salt and sugar, vitamins including trace elements and not to forget to eat fish in which fish oil is important for body, berries like blueberries as dessert, active daily exercises outdoors, as walking, biking, hiking, hobbies, humor and positive attitude to life keep me “young”.

      Balance with mind and body is important. We Finns have Sauna, which is awesome relaxing method. If Sauna, I mean the real Sauna is not known to You, then become familiar with thru my post:

      Sauna.

      There is one thing yet left Love. To receive and give Love is one of the most important things in our life. It does not matter id man is young or old, we all need it.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2014 @ 12:41 | Reply

  138. Wow. I love your home in winter. Looks like winter wonderland to my tropical eyes. Such lovely photos. Loved the snow photos, the lake with clouds reflected on them, the rose…the list is endless. Thank you for sharing. You made me your fan.

    Comment by maverickbird — June 29, 2014 @ 13:06 | Reply

    • Hi Maverickbird.

      Thank You for Your kind and praising comment. It was nice to read that winter is wonderland to You!🙂 Sound really great. If You see my answer, then take a look at how we can walk on frozen lakes. It is real winter fun:

      Walking on frozen lake.

      Happy travel!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 29, 2014 @ 13:38 | Reply

  139. A fantastic collection of photos! The winter ones have a striking similarity to Canada.🙂

    Comment by Sue Slaght — July 8, 2014 @ 18:15 | Reply

    • Hello Sue.

      Thank You leaving Your praising comment. Well, this is Finland as I see it. Finland has many faces to be found depending of mans interest. The South offers towns to be explored. The Southern and Western coastline offer old beautiful small historic towns with wooden houses lovely magic. In the Eastern part there are wild nature and the Northernmost parts are hikers’ paradise in summer / autumn. In winter skiing is popular in skiing centers.

      I am really glad that You loved my photos.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 9, 2014 @ 07:24 | Reply

  140. Salut! Estive olhando o seu blog com minha esposa. Gostamos muito das fotos e do carro também! (risos). Voltarei mais vezes ao seu blog.

    Comment by Josenilton — July 13, 2014 @ 15:24 | Reply

    • Olá Josenilton.

      O seu comentário aqueceu meu coração muito. Obrigado. Eu e minha esposa estão aprendendo Português por uma jovem senhora brasileira. Nós apreciamos o seu ensinamento e aprendemos cada vez sobre as pessoas e a vida no Brasil. Eu estive no Brasil duas vezes quando eu era jovem. O Penedo foi a cidade onde passamos alguns dias além do Rio de Janeiro.

      Uma Boa Semana!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 14, 2014 @ 07:40 | Reply

  141. Thanks for the visit!

    Comment by 2ndhalfolife — July 14, 2014 @ 22:36 | Reply

    • Hi 2ndhalfolife.

      Thank You leaving Your comment.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 15, 2014 @ 07:26 | Reply

  142. I love your photos and it looks like you’re enjoying life with your family, it’s looks fantastic! I’m going to be your new follower🙂

    Comment by Mrs. Bingles — July 28, 2014 @ 12:40 | Reply

    • Hello Mrs. Bingles.

      I am glad that You check my “About me” page. It tells from our life, Finnish landscapes, hobbies, history and culture. Thank You commenting and being my follower. Nowadays I’ll post only every second week. To prepare a new post takes long time with all translations. One of my hobbies is languages.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 28, 2014 @ 12:45 | Reply

      • I can’t wait to read your next post! You put lots of energies in it and I appreciate your efforts. I am a language teacher and I love languages too but I find it easier to write my posts only in English.
        Have a great day too🙂

        Comment by Mrs. Bingles — July 29, 2014 @ 04:35 | Reply

        • Hello Mrs. Bingles.

          Thank You again. Well, I try every now and then change the topic of my post. Sometimes there are long series of post. In my next post I’ll show some places where we visited around our home town.

          Have a wonderful day!

          Comment by Sartenada — July 29, 2014 @ 07:24 | Reply

  143. great great blog….

    Comment by shahini sengupta — July 28, 2014 @ 16:51 | Reply

    • Hello shahini sengupta.

      Few words, but they mean so much to me! Thank You for Your visit and praising comment.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 29, 2014 @ 07:09 | Reply

  144. Finland has so much of snow in winter! I like those German Beach Chairs🙂 great pictures!

    Comment by Jasmine — September 1, 2014 @ 02:28 | Reply

    • Hi Jasmine.

      Very nice that You read my About me page. We have four seasons. Four are real. The seasonal variation is refreshing. Thank You for Your comment.

      Have a great start of new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — September 1, 2014 @ 15:46 | Reply

  145. Finland looks just amazing! It may have to be my next destination🙂 I work in aviation industry too as an OCC duty manager for an Australian airline. Lovely to meet someone with a similar work background and love for travel! Keep up the good work x

    Comment by Proud Melburnian — September 15, 2014 @ 06:34 | Reply

    • Hello Proud Melburnian.

      What a surprise to meet here another person working for airline business. I know indeed what OCC means. You are doing great job.

      You are welcome to visit Finland. We have four seasons. Best of them are Summer, autumn and winter. Geographically our country is divided different parts. In the South there are historical places, West coast is plain, Eastern part lakes and in the North which is called Lapland is best for hikes. In summer months in Lapland sun is not setting down, which means nights are like days.

      We have some museums which cannot be found nowhere else. If You like outdoors, then autumn is the best time in Lapland. You can meet roaming reindeers in the nature. Here is an example:

      Finnish Lapland in autumn.

      In winter in February and March there are two places worth for a visit:

      World’s Biggest Snow Castle.

      Arctic Circle in winter.

      So, come to find what’s there in this “unknown” country!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 15, 2014 @ 10:44 | Reply

      • Wow, Finland in Winter just looks magical! One day for sure if I’m lucky enough! Thanks for the info x

        Comment by Proud Melburnian — September 15, 2014 @ 17:22 | Reply

        • Hi Proud Melburnian.

          Thank You praising the beauty of my country. Winter and white snow, they are fantastic combination.

          Have a nice day!

          Comment by Sartenada — September 16, 2014 @ 09:04 | Reply

  146. Though I’ve already commented on this post ,must add some other words: stunning places, awesome photos!!!

    Comment by 76sanfermo — September 15, 2014 @ 21:03 | Reply

    • Chiao Anna.

      Your words warm my heart. Than you.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 16, 2014 @ 09:08 | Reply

  147. Sartenada, Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving such a wonderful comment. I find most visit and don’t leave a message, and that’s fine too, but I wish I knew what they took away from it. So, I’m forever grateful for your comments and a bit of your own history with the Pan Am airplane. All of your pictures here are amazing and that is putting it lightly, wow you have an artist eye with the camera lens. Bless you for posting such beauty for all of us to drink in and be able to take away with us through our own eyes. Take care and Happy blogging to ya…

    Comment by sweetpea2love — October 5, 2014 @ 15:18 | Reply

    • Hello Sweetpea2love.

      Such a very kind comment. I am happy that You love my presentation of me and my country. Thank you. Have a great start of new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 6, 2014 @ 06:59 | Reply

  148. Lovely photos! You’ve inspired me again to get out and see more of Finland beyond Helsinki. This has always been my plan but you’ve given me a nice push ; )

    Comment by Mel_inHelsinki — December 16, 2014 @ 11:11 | Reply

    • Hi Mel.

      Very kind and wise words. There is so much to see outside Helsinki. I have born in Helsinki and later lived in many places where I noticed that Finland offers so much to explore for years. Nowadays I live in small town called Mikkeli which is beautiful. Mikkeli is on the Lakeland area and in winter it offers great outdoors possibilities. For example we can walk, bike and ski on the Lake Saimaa’s ice. The experience is fantastic.

      Here is my post showing:

      Walking on frozen lake.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 16, 2014 @ 11:22 | Reply

      • I love it! Such a new idea to us. Including details about what you are wearing are also really interesting to me as we are just learning to dress for the cold. I also looked where Mikkeli is on the map. We will spend Christmas in Lappeenranta on another part of Lake Saimaa. We must come again once it has frozen like this!

        Comment by Mel_inHelsinki — December 16, 2014 @ 11:40 | Reply

        • Lappeenranta is great selection to spend Christmas. It is famous in summer for its sand sculptures which are absolutely worth for seeing. Of course I have many posts presenting them and people around the world love them and even wait for my posts about them.

          Comment by Sartenada — December 16, 2014 @ 11:46 | Reply

  149. After one year from my comment on this post , I take the opportunity to add more appreciation for the whole blog…It’s fabulous!
    In the meantime , receive my season greetings : Merry Christmas and Happy New Year , for both you and Anja…

    Comment by 76sanfermo — December 16, 2014 @ 15:13 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      I feel honored when reading Your kind comment. Thank You. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year also to You and Yours.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — December 17, 2014 @ 08:18 | Reply

  150. Beautiful photos!🙂

    Comment by rosemaylily2014 — January 3, 2015 @ 15:59 | Reply

    • Hi Rosemary.

      Thank you visiting my blog and leaving Your comment.

      Have nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 4, 2015 @ 09:36 | Reply

  151. Omg, I am so much in love with Finland right now.. do you know how to homestay there?

    Comment by thegreyeye — January 4, 2015 @ 16:34 | Reply

    • Hello Thegreyeye.

      Thank You commenting here. I appreciate very much commenting “About-me” page. I think that “About-me” page is something like business-card. Well, I checked “Homestay Finland” from Google and it gave results. What about couch surfing?

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 5, 2015 @ 08:13 | Reply

      • Yeh couchsurfing would be great. Do you and your family take visitors?

        Comment by thegreyeye — January 5, 2015 @ 09:17 | Reply

  152. You have an amazing life! Loving your photography, and look forward to reading more of your blog. Happy 2015!

    Comment by inesephoto — January 5, 2015 @ 19:26 | Reply

    • Hi Inesephoto.

      You are so right. I have huge amount of lovely memories. Always sun hasn’t shined and I have had very near one foot in the grave, but it seems that my life has still meaning. I am happy for every the day granted to me! Thank You for Your kind comment.

      Have wonderful days for this New Year!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 6, 2015 @ 08:42 | Reply

  153. Really enjoyed scrolling through all your photos. I like the photos of your Opel Vectra. I drove an Opel Manta for over 10 years…. not a popular car in the US and hard to get parts… every little thing had to be shipped in from Germany. Your wife is very creative.

    Comment by RMW — January 11, 2015 @ 18:17 | Reply

    • Hi Roslyn.

      What a lovely surprise that You know Opel! When I was younger, I admired Manta due to its sportive look. I changed my Opel recently to BMW. It is cool car also. Concerning “About me” page, I think that it is something like a business card telling about its owner and business; in this case telling about the bloggers country. My wife will be happy when reading Your kind comment. Thank You.

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 12, 2015 @ 08:37 | Reply

  154. Saludos cordiales Señor Sartenada. Lo felicito por esta maravillosa colección de fotos. ¡¡Me ha encantado Finlandia!! una amiga muy querida ha llegado hace tres días a estudiar en Kokkola. Encontré su blog porque quiero hallar una iglesia católica en Kokkola ¿la hay? Le diré a mi amiga que consulte su blog. Reciba mis mejores deseos para este 2015 y le expongo una petición ¿Cuál es el detalle especial en la pintura de la iglesia de Inari? No lo identifiqué, pero es un hermoso cuadro que me recordó el nacimiento de Nuestro Señor Jesucristo. Felicitaciones a su esposa por su habilidad al elaborar manualidades. Un abrazo desde México.

    Comment by Leona — January 14, 2015 @ 03:02 | Reply

    • Hola Leona.

      Muchas gracias por tu comentario tan amable. En Kokkola no hay una iglesia católica, pero “casi cerca” en Pietarsaari hay. Mira mis enlaces:

      Iglesias católicas en Finlandia.

      Iglesias católicas en Finlandia.

      La distancia entre los dos ciudades es solamente unos 40 kilometros. El detalle especial en la pintura de la iglesia de Inari es el reno. Renos viven en el norte en nuestra Laponia!

      Todo lo bueno para Usted!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 14, 2015 @ 08:35 | Reply

  155. Hello, friend, thank you for checking out my blog!🙂
    Isn’t it funny how ones perspective changes when they travel and experience what others experience when visiting their country – like their signs being in a different language! It was definitely a mental shift for me when I realized that my inability to read the signs is a way of everyday life for many who live in America.
    The reason Helsinki felt so familiar is because I grew up in Germany, but I definitely do not pretend to know much about Finland! It is a beautiful country though and I’d love to be able to explore it further! i love your pictures, they are absolutely gorgeous🙂

    Thank you for your good wishes. If you’d like to support my travels feel free to email me for more information at merie.kellina@yahoo.com

    – Merie

    Comment by meriekellina — January 17, 2015 @ 09:51 | Reply

    • Hi Merie.

      Thank You commenting. As You noticed in my post thru my many photos that we love Germany. We have been there in places making our trips by car and trains.

      Welcome someday to find out what my country offers. Remember that every season shows “different” Finland.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 17, 2015 @ 11:57 | Reply

  156. Thank you for liking “City Geometry.” It was a pleasure to read your “About” page and to look at your nice collection of beautiful photos. I like the wide variety of subjects you feature in your pictures. I hope you have a wonderful year ahead!🙂

    Comment by imaginenewdesigns12 — January 24, 2015 @ 09:05 | Reply

    • Hi Arlene.

      Thank you praising my “About” me page. I always read other bloggers’ About just to know more about them.

      Have a nice weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 24, 2015 @ 10:15 | Reply

  157. Your blog is very good. You might like my recent post, “I Have A Dream.” Please check it out and let me know what you think about it. Please have a blessed day.

    Comment by Equipping The Saints — January 27, 2015 @ 14:46 | Reply

    • Thank You visiting my blog and leaving Your comment.

      Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2015 @ 08:44 | Reply

  158. You’ve been all over the world and taking lovely photos everywhere. What is the story of the silent people at Suomussalmi? I liked your wife’s craft with coffee bags–beautiful. And your grandson is enviably flexible! I couldn’t do that even at his age! I loved your sunset skies and your photos of fire and ice.

    Comment by asakiyume — January 27, 2015 @ 15:45 | Reply

    • Hello Asakiyume.

      Thank You for Your praising comment and asking a question! I am very glad when reading it. Well, I have “nearly” answer in my post:

      Dancing scarecrows.

      Take a look at my wife’s video also at the end of my photos and then after seeing my photos from Silent People and the video, then You feel like being there.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2015 @ 08:25 | Reply

      • Very nice–I like the video, and I liked seeing the “silent people” in winter clothes, too (in the link to your 2009 entry).

        Comment by asakiyume — January 28, 2015 @ 14:32 | Reply

        • Hi Asakiyume.

          I am very happy when reading Your comment. Thank You.

          Have a great day!

          Comment by Sartenada — January 28, 2015 @ 15:09 | Reply

  159. Your photographs are amazing!

    Comment by frstborn — February 17, 2015 @ 14:53 | Reply

    • Hi Irene.

      Oh, thank You praising my photos. Yours are gorgeous also.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 17, 2015 @ 15:03 | Reply

  160. Really enjoyed looking through your photos – you live in an interesting country.

    Comment by womanseyeview — February 24, 2015 @ 22:36 | Reply

    • Hello Carol.

      I am very happy that You saw my “About-me” page and left You kind comment. I always check people’s “About-me” page just to know more about the person whose blog I read. So, You saw a tiny piece about my country thru my photos from the South to the North and from the East to the west.

      Finland is quite unknown, but it offers very much to everyone if interested. For example museum lovers International Coffee Cup Museum. Who could imagine that such a museum exists!

      Thank You commenting. Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 25, 2015 @ 08:27 | Reply

  161. Hello Matti – your pictures are very beautiful. Finland is such a special place to be in – I miss living there. I am excited to discover more of the country through your pictures. I have still not visited many places in Finland and would so love so in the future.
    Your wife has a very interesting hobby and the things she made are beautiful! I look forward to checking your blog more often. Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog so that I could find yours. Regards, Pooja.

    Comment by pooja — March 3, 2015 @ 17:45 | Reply

    • Hi Pooja.

      Thank you exploring my Finland thru my photos! I tried to present briefly my country and what it presents for a tourist, because my country is quite unknown. Nowadays I am not posting frequently, but I try to make my posts interesting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 4, 2015 @ 08:20 | Reply

  162. Lovely collection of photos you have here, Matti. Thank you so much for stopping by my wee blog and taking the time to comment🙂 I’ve spent two wonderful summers in Finland, and worked there briefly, so I can honestly say it stands very high on my list of places to revisit.

    Best wishes and have a lovely day

    Akanksha

    Comment by Teal Rain Boots — March 15, 2015 @ 12:52 | Reply

    • Hello Akanksha.

      What a surprise two summers in Finland! May I ask where You were? Thank You commenting my post.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 16, 2015 @ 07:56 | Reply

      • Hi Matti

        Apart from occasional trips to Turku, I spent a little time in Helsinki, Espoo, and Rovaniemi, and most of my time in a place called Aittoperä, just outside of Nivala (in the middle of nowhere, haha).

        Comment by Teal Rain Boots — March 16, 2015 @ 08:12 | Reply

  163. Wow these photos are superb. Really beautiful!!!

    Comment by Boots — March 18, 2015 @ 13:57 | Reply

    • Hi Boots.

      Thank you checking my About-me page. It tried “shortly” to present my “unknown” country. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 18, 2015 @ 14:02 | Reply

  164. What a lovely blog to stumble upon after your visit . You have some fascinating posts and photographs I’ve enjoyed having a look at some already … I’ll be back over have a longer browse VERY soon !

    Comment by poppytump — April 2, 2015 @ 12:40 | Reply

    • Hello Poppytump.

      Thank You for Your kind comment and visiting my “About me” page!

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2015 @ 12:58 | Reply

  165. Wow, what a lot of wonderful photos. Thank you for sharing them.🙂

    Comment by Sarah — April 3, 2015 @ 15:03 | Reply

    • Hi Sarah.

      How nice that You checked my “About me” page and loved it. I am curious of other people’s “About pages” always and check them before leaving my comment.🙂

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 3, 2015 @ 15:12 | Reply

      • Me too – I usually read a blogger’s About page before I explore the rest of their blog. 🙂
        I hope you have a wonderful day too.

        Comment by Sarah — April 3, 2015 @ 15:15 | Reply

  166. Such amazing photos! Finland looks like a beautiful and interesting country.

    Comment by citramanica — April 3, 2015 @ 16:17 | Reply

    • Hello Citramanica.

      Thank You for Your kind words. There is indeed for everyone regardless of the season something to be found. I am glad that You loved my photos.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 4, 2015 @ 07:59 | Reply

  167. Entranced by your beautiful and powerful photos and the way you display them! My best wishes, Doda🙂

    Comment by DG MARYOGA — April 3, 2015 @ 16:45 | Reply

    • Hello Doda.

      Thank You. My photos presented the cross-section of Finland during different seasons. Every single post has a theme which means that every post has many photos to complete the task I intended to show.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 4, 2015 @ 10:18 | Reply

  168. Toutes ces photos sont magnifiques. Nous allons venir vivre en Finlande l’été prochain et je me documente. Je suis contente d’avoir trouvé ce blog, en cherchant des expositions de patchwork. Mon époux travaillera dans la meme compagnie ! Moi je cherche des personnes et groupes pour faire du patchwork. Hablo tambien espanol y ingles. Bonne journée. Christine

    Comment by christseilh — April 9, 2015 @ 18:09 | Reply

    • Bonjour Christine.

      Très interessant, to message. Merci beaucoup. En Finlande il y a une association finlandaise appelée: “Tilkkuyhdistys Finn Quilt ry”. Google le trouve facilement. Les pages sont en Finnois, mais Vous pouvez utiliser le traducteur pour comprendre le contenu. Bienvenue en Finlande. Profitez bien de ce pays nordique.

      Belle journée. Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 10, 2015 @ 09:12 | Reply

  169. Hi Sartenada, thanks for stopping by my blog, you have a wonderful blog here yourself that is truly fascinating, keep up the great work and excellent photography.

    Regards Marco.

    Comment by Marco Pesaresi — April 10, 2015 @ 10:54 | Reply

    • Hi Marco.

      Thank You for Your praising words. You have also excellent blog with gorgeous bird photos which are really enjoyable!

      Have a nice day! Matti.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 10, 2015 @ 11:06 | Reply

  170. Hello! Thanks for the visit to my blog and comments! I appreciate the feedback, since it´s my 1st blog and a new project! Hope the images are as interesting as for me, and that curiosity strikes the upcoming image of the day always!
    I like this here too, knowing very very little about Finland, it seems like a great way to learn some more. Cheers!

    Comment by Livia A. Nascimento — April 15, 2015 @ 06:26 | Reply

    • Oí Livia.

      Your blog is interesting and You have nice photos. We Finn do not know so much from Brazil neither. I had possibilities to visit Your country in the 70 ties thrice. Probably You do not know that in Brazil there is “a pequena Finlândia” called Penedo. I visited it twice / fantastic place. For example there can man dance every Saturday Finish dances on it club. There man can visit also Finnish Sauna. I give to You two links “em portugues” presenting Penedo:

      Colônia Finlandesa – Penedo.

      Penedo.

      In addition to Rio de Janeiro and Penedo I visited the very beautiful beach town called: Angra dos Reis. I will visit Your blog in the future and I am sure that my Brazilian lady who teaches Portuguese in my home town will be happy.

      Obrigado pelo seu comentário!🙂

      Comment by Sartenada — April 15, 2015 @ 10:24 | Reply

      • Muito obrigada!
        I am actually from Rio and have been in Penedo but as a child and don´t remember it so well.. But now I want to go again! brazilian culture is so rich and so full of different cultures from the country in abroad that you are right, most of the people certainly don´t know that about this city. Very interesting! Angra dos Reis is great and actually the first photo of the blog where I appear is very close to that, in what we call Costa Verde. I’m glad you liked it! I hope he pictures, especially the ones in Brazil, will show more about this big and so diverse country as I hope to learn from yours as well! Thanks for the reply!😀

        Comment by Livia A. Nascimento — April 17, 2015 @ 03:35 | Reply

        • Olá Livia.

          Very nice. Thank you I wish that my Lady Portuguese teacher would read Your comment! She is from São José dos Campos and is remembering once visited in Penedo. In São José dos Campos there is headquarter of Embraer air planes.

          Bom Fim de Semana!

          Comment by Sartenada — April 17, 2015 @ 12:03 | Reply

  171. Bonitas fotos e bom trabalho no português. Um dia irei visitar a Finlandia. Parabéns pelo blog

    Comment by vanessapoppe — May 3, 2015 @ 12:59 | Reply

    • Olá Vanessa.

      Obrigado pelo comentário! Eu sei que eu não sou mestre mas estou aprendendo mais quando eu preparo um novo post. Também eu traduzo um livro com o dicionário embora é lento.

      Um grande abraço.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 3, 2015 @ 14:27 | Reply

  172. Lovely blog!

    Comment by Vandy — May 5, 2015 @ 07:36 | Reply

    • Hi Vandy.

      Thank you. My country is quite unknown and that’s why I try to give some info about visitors could find here. Photos talk better than words.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 5, 2015 @ 10:02 | Reply

      • I will be back in Finland again some day to explore some more nature, beautiful country!

        Comment by Vandy — May 5, 2015 @ 23:03 | Reply

        • Hi Vandy.

          Thank you leaving Your thoughts here. Sounds great, because countryside has so much to offer for visitors. We people love different things and I am sure that Finland offers something to everybody. This might be interesting:

          Helsinki Samba Carnival

          Have a nice day!

          Comment by Sartenada — May 6, 2015 @ 07:45 | Reply

  173. Great and interesting site. So many lovely photos!

    Comment by Libido — May 6, 2015 @ 09:22 | Reply

    • Hello Libido.

      So kind words. Thank You. People visiting Finland should visit also outside Helsinki. It offers much to see, but there is outside also life.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 6, 2015 @ 09:43 | Reply

  174. Hello,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and taking your time to leave me a comment. I have to say you have lots of beautiful photos here. Keep up the good work!

    Have a nice day and a lovely weekend!

    Alexandra

    Comment by Alexandra (www.healthycookingjar.com ) — May 8, 2015 @ 08:18 | Reply

    • Hi Alexandra.

      You are so kind when praising my photos. Thank You.

      Happy weekend to you also.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 8, 2015 @ 10:15 | Reply

    • Hi Alexandra.

      It has been great joy to visit Your blog. Thank You leaving Your kind comment; I am very glad about it.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 9, 2015 @ 16:16 | Reply

  175. ¡Yo deseo que pueda comprender francés y portugués también! Me gusta tus fotografías. Son muy lindos.

    Me encanta que tu escribes en español y inglés (y francés y portugués…hay una lengua que no puedes aprender!? Quiero aprender italiano…). Me ayuda comprenderlo. Porque haces diez años que lo estudié en la escuela y se me olividé muchas palabras. Lo siento que mi español no es perfecto — necesito practicar más!🙂

    Comment by Allison W — May 19, 2015 @ 00:34 | Reply

    • Hola Allison.

      Tus palabras tan amables me calientan mi Corazón. Muchas gracias. Se puede aprender muchos idiomas, pero necesitan mucho tiempo. Estoy todavía aprendiendo portugues y cada vez traduciendo mis mensajes me enseña mucho. Tu español es perfecto en mis ojos, porque aprendí mi español cuando trabajaba en España, no en la escuela.

      Te doy el enlace del blogger italiana Anna que vive en Italia.

      Una Vista di San Fermo.

      ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — May 19, 2015 @ 07:38 | Reply

  176. Dear Sartenada

    Your post is very interesting and I am enjoying the beautiful countryside photos you share with us. What a wonderful country is yours! As you said there are so much to discover in the countryside, Nature is our mother.

    Thank you so much for visiting my post. I am very impressed with you Spanish. I would be interested in hearing from you about your experience of learning Spanish from the point of view of a self learner. Would it be possible to talk with you about this? Perhaps we could exchange emails and share your experiences by email. My email is: info@spanish-tutor.info

    Thank you for sharing those beautiful photos with us. They are very inspiring.

    Kind regards

    Adrián

    Comment by Hoxton spanish tutor info — May 21, 2015 @ 15:01 | Reply

    • Hello Adrian.

      Thank You visiting my blog and praising my country’s beauty. I will consider Your suggestion, but not promising anything.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — May 23, 2015 @ 07:33 | Reply

  177. Great quality here; you look like you’ve traveled. You have beautiful images and great quality. I see you also included some of your life history here. Great!

    Comment by Maria F. — June 7, 2015 @ 03:33 | Reply

    • Hello Maria.

      What a great joy it was to read your praising comment. I am very pleased that You loved my photos. Thank You.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 7, 2015 @ 10:10 | Reply

  178. ¡¡Hermosas fotografias!!❤
    Saludos de colores😉

    Comment by Rukadecolores — June 13, 2015 @ 16:54 | Reply

    • Hola Rukadecolores.

      ¡Qué gran alegría a leer tu comentario tan agradable!

      ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 14, 2015 @ 08:07 | Reply

  179. Wow! You are very accomplished … in your career, learning of languages, and your photography is stunning.

    Comment by joannesisco — June 16, 2015 @ 15:07 | Reply

    • Hi Joannesisco.

      Thank you for the compliment Well, language learning is easy to some level, but when learning more it comes more difficult (my own opinion). One example: After studying Portuguese two years, I have started to read books in Portuguese having a dictionary in my hand. It is hard work to search every unknown words. At this moment, I have read one book and the second is at half way. It is annoying to find words, which are not in my dictionary and not even in the Portuguese dictionary in which there are more than 250000 words,

      Thank You visiting my blog. Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — June 17, 2015 @ 07:26 | Reply

      • I think some people have a knack for learning languages, and others – like me – don’t. Knowing 2 languages is an achievement , several languages is truly amazing🙂

        Hope you have a great day too!

        Comment by joannesisco — June 17, 2015 @ 13:43 | Reply

        • Languages have given to me much – culture – traditions – historty – landscapes etc.

          The best has been enjoying South American happy tropical music Cumbia since 1972!

          Comment by Sartenada — June 17, 2015 @ 13:47 | Reply

  180. Sartenada, your photos are incredible! I found 2 Finland sunsets that I’d like to place in the Welcome Page gallery. Credit to you of course. If you object, I’d just remove them. Thank you again for your visit and comment on Before Sundown’s photo gallery. Christine

    Comment by C.E.Robinson — June 16, 2015 @ 17:53 | Reply

  181. Hi Sartenda, Thanks a lot for visiting my blog and like the posts.

    Comment by somdattadeb — July 13, 2015 @ 09:40 | Reply

    • Hi Somdattadeb.

      Same to you. Thank You leaving Your comment here.

      Have great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 13, 2015 @ 10:29 | Reply

  182. i will definitely have to scroll thru’ this/these again! GR8 !

    Comment by betunada — July 21, 2015 @ 18:38 | Reply

    • Hello Betunada.

      Occasionally I add some photo, which I love and think that my readers have some interest to see it.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 22, 2015 @ 08:50 | Reply

  183. Thank you for your visit and likes on my blog.

    Such beautiful pictures. It felt great to get a glimpse into Finland which seems like an amazing place! Thanks for giving us all a sneak peek.

    P.S. Your wife is very talented. Really enjoyed seeing her pieces🙂

    Comment by pen2needle — July 26, 2015 @ 12:20 | Reply

    • Hello pen2needle.

      So wonderful comment. Thank you. I will tell to my wife Your praising comment concerning her pieces.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 26, 2015 @ 12:30 | Reply

  184. Hi, fantastic photos. I noted you were in Paris for your 70th birthday. Karen and I will be in France for my 60! Cheers, Mark

    Comment by Born to Travel — August 1, 2015 @ 13:12 | Reply

    • Hi Born to Travel.

      I am glad that You checked “About me” page and thus got the idea what to find in my country. Paris sigh. I give one tip from Paris: do not leave Paris without visiting Père Lachaise Cemetery!

      Happy 60s!!!

      Have a wonderful day.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 1, 2015 @ 13:39 | Reply

  185. Thnak you for visiting my blog and rining your blog to my attention! I had a good browse around: great stories and gorgeous photos!! One day I will visit Finland and untill that day I will enjoy getting to now your country better through your blog! With warm greetings form Ohio, Johanna

    Comment by colorpencil2014 — August 25, 2015 @ 12:56 | Reply

    • Hi Johanna.

      What a wonderful comment, so happy when reading it. I always read people’s About-me page just to get information about the blogger and his / her country. About-page is like business country and that is why I included many photos from different areas, even very personal, that people who read it can get immediately understanding about the blogger and his world. Once more, thank You.

      All the best to You. Happy and safe travels.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 26, 2015 @ 07:30 | Reply

  186. Hi! I have never been to Finland (and probably won’t get there in my lifetime), so thank you for taking photos and sharing them.
    Beautiful…..

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — August 28, 2015 @ 01:13 | Reply

    • Hi Mary.

      Thank you. I understand very well You. There is so much to see in our world, we love different things, some love big cities, some love nature paths, oddities, art made by man, summer, winter, autumn, Santa Claus etc.

      I remember the movie name: “Never Say Never Again”.🙂

      If You read my answer, then look at my two favorite posts:

      World’s Biggest Snow Castle.

      Arctic Circle in winter.

      Anyway, I am very happy that You left Your kind comment here. I really appreciate it.

      All the best to You.

      Comment by Sartenada — August 28, 2015 @ 07:18 | Reply

  187. I am also retiring…and photography, writing, and music are what I would like to enjoy now.
    Your photos are beautiful!

    Comment by Mary Strong-Spaid — September 19, 2015 @ 09:34 | Reply

    • Hi Mary.

      Childhood, work life and finally retirement. Maybe the best time of our life to fullfill dreams which we did not had time before. Thank You commenting.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — September 22, 2015 @ 08:57 | Reply

  188. Gorgeous introduction to your lovely country, your style of life and your hobbies. Pictures are beautiful!

    Comment by Alexander Lautsyus — September 24, 2015 @ 13:17 | Reply

  189. I got to this part of your site from a comment you made about mailboxes in Finland on one of my posts. I liked the mailbox you posted above very much – so pretty! Your photos really make me want to return to Finland, because I unfortunately only got to spend one day there! I would love to see the castles, the different kinds of houses, and even the ice statues (although I do not like cold weather!). As a former teacher, I also would like to visit a school, because here in the USA we have heard that your education system is one of the best in the world.
    Your wife has a lot of artistic talent too!
    The poor man statues – what is the history of these wooden figures? How common are they? Also, do you have any pictures of hero cemeteries?

    Comment by amoralegria — October 19, 2015 @ 05:13 | Reply

  190. Thank you for all the links! I looked at all of them! It’s too bad that I really don’t like cold weather, but anyway the winter looks beautiful! I wanted to go to an ice bar while I was in Finland or Sweden, but I didn’t get a chance to go. Some day!! By the way, the furs on those beds in the ice hotel do look really warm, but just one problem – once I get cozy and warm in that bed, I would never want to get up!!

    Comment by amoralegria — October 21, 2015 @ 04:30 | Reply

    • Hi Amoralegria.

      When visiting the Snow Castle, I always check with great interest from there people come to spend the night inside it. From everywhere.

      Thank You reading my links and leaving Your kind comments.

      All the best to You.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 21, 2015 @ 07:48 | Reply

  191. Ein schöner Blog , vor über 50 Jahren habe ich zu Fuß und per Anhalter erkundet, und vieles kommen bei diesen Fotos wieder in Erinnerung. Danke

    Comment by Schnippelboy — October 22, 2015 @ 10:34 | Reply

    • Hallo Schnippelboy.

      Thank You leaving your kind comment.

      Einen schönen Donnerstag.

      Comment by Sartenada — October 22, 2015 @ 10:44 | Reply

  192. This is quite the collection. Simply wonderful!!!! … many thanks for sharing.

    Comment by aFrankAngle — October 26, 2015 @ 13:51 | Reply

    • Hello aFrankAngle.

      I am glad that You saw my quick presentation of Finland and me.🙂

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — October 26, 2015 @ 13:54 | Reply

      • I’ve only been to Helsinki for a day … and it was a wonderful day!

        Comment by aFrankAngle — October 26, 2015 @ 13:59 | Reply

  193. merci pour la visite de mon blog,vos photos reflètent votre joie de vivre !

    Comment by marc bourbon — November 12, 2015 @ 23:11 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marc.

      J’suis heureux que mes photos plaîsent à Vous.

      Bonne journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 13, 2015 @ 08:53 | Reply

  194. nous avons des choses en commun en particulier j’ai moi aussi fait des devis de charge et de centrage à Air France, au service opérations dans les années 1980 mais c’était sur des avions un peu plus récents, seuls quelques Boeing 707 finissaient leur vie sur des vols courts courriers, la spécialité s’appelait coordonateur

    Comment by marc bourbon — November 12, 2015 @ 23:15 | Reply

    • Bonjour Marc.

      Superb! J’étais aussi chef de coordonnateurs de rampe. J’avais environ 80 coordonnateurs qui assuraient que nettoyage, remplissage de carburant, catering, chargement and embarquement des vols doit être terminé à temps. De cette façon, nous avons assuré, que les vols partiront selon des horaires.

      Bonne journée.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 13, 2015 @ 09:24 | Reply

      • Ah oui moi je n’ai jamais été chef ! belle carrière alors

        Comment by marc bourbon — November 13, 2015 @ 23:04 | Reply

        • Marc,

          D’être chef n’ètait pas été facile. C’était très stressant, la pression de travail pour la réussite, en tant que du haut et du bas. Par exemple, de faire des tableaux de service, organiser des congés annuels, etc. Bon weekend!

          Comment by Sartenada — November 14, 2015 @ 13:35 | Reply

          • merci mais ce week end va être très triste ici en France après les attentas à Paris de la nuit

            Comment by marc bourbon — November 14, 2015 @ 15:26 | Reply

            • Je sais que Marc. Je suis très triste ce qui est arrivé et je suis encore choqué. La Ville Lumière est notre ville préférée et nous y aimons visiter. Par example, à cause de mes enfants qui passaient à l’école française à Helsinki, j’ai visité environ trente fois achant des livres d’occasion d’anticipation chez les bouquinistes pendent les années 1975-1987. Je dois environ 1500 livres en français.

              Hier, nous avons regardé la France 24 plusier fois. Votre chagrin est le notre!

              Comment by Sartenada — November 15, 2015 @ 09:34 | Reply

              • C’est très gentil ces marques de soutien, toutes ces marques qui arrivent du monde entier nous touchent tous en France

                Comment by marc bourbon — November 16, 2015 @ 00:15 | Reply

  195. I’m looking forward to learning more about Finland through your lovely blog and, as a bonus, I’m going to read the French first so I can practise my French language skills at the same time.

    Comment by the eternal traveller — November 13, 2015 @ 22:37 | Reply

    • Hello the eternal traveller.

      I am glad that You can refresh Your French language. Thank You praising my blog. I make new post only once in two weeks, but maybe they are quality posts. There already very much information and more will come.

      Happy blogging!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 14, 2015 @ 13:01 | Reply

  196. What wonderful photos and all great reasons to run a blog ! Keep up the good work.

    Comment by wanderingcows — November 15, 2015 @ 14:42 | Reply

    • Hi wanderingcows.

      How nice to read Your praising comment. I am glad that You saw my About-me-page. Thank You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 15, 2015 @ 14:45 | Reply

  197. Beautiful photos, specially those of Finland.

    Comment by AnnaJ — November 16, 2015 @ 04:39 | Reply

    • Hi Anna.

      I am glad that You loved my photos showing cross-section about my country.

      Happy new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 16, 2015 @ 08:43 | Reply

  198. Fantastic fotos. I’ll have to come back soon, with more time, to look at each of them closely. Thanks, btw, for visiting my blog, and have a wonderful time,
    Pit

    Comment by Pit — November 18, 2015 @ 15:50 | Reply

    • Hi Pit.

      Welcome back and find what my country offers. Thank You very much for Your kind comment.

      Have a great day too.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 18, 2015 @ 15:56 | Reply

  199. Beautiful post, beautiful photos, beautiful country. Someday I will visit your country.🙂

    Comment by mopana — November 19, 2015 @ 20:26 | Reply

    • Hi Mopana.

      So much praising! Thank You for Your kind comment. You are welcome and now You have an idea what to see in my country.

      Happy blogging!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 20, 2015 @ 08:31 | Reply

  200. Phew – This is by far one of the most interesting blogs I’ve stumbled upon, that and a sheer labour of love with years of effort and work. Its amazing and a great model for us all:)

    Comment by Andy Smart — November 20, 2015 @ 15:54 | Reply

    • Hi Andy.

      Wow, what a comment. My heart sings, my ears hear music and my lips taste honey when reading it. Thank You.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 22, 2015 @ 09:37 | Reply

      • Its true though > I met someone in Brighton UK who had a house like your blog. Filled with interesting things shoved away all over the place in spare rooms, cupboards and on shelves filling every conceivable space. I loved it and could never get bored when I stayed there. And what is a house > an extension of what that person is like at heart. Each blog I come across has its own distinct personality and as soon as I come to this one it immediately speaks volumes. Guo Ni Hao Yun from China ha ha

        Comment by Andy Smart — November 22, 2015 @ 16:07 | Reply

        • Thank You Andy.

          Have a great start of new week.

          Comment by Sartenada — November 23, 2015 @ 07:53 | Reply

  201. Absolutely beautiful blog. Amazing photos!!!

    Comment by Faraday's Candle — November 27, 2015 @ 06:58 | Reply

    • Hello Faraday’s Candle.

      Thank you for Your praising comment. I am very glad that You loved my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 27, 2015 @ 08:35 | Reply

  202. Hermosas fotos. Pero no veo música e el. ♥ 🙂

    Comment by pensamientos de vida — November 28, 2015 @ 00:41 | Reply

    • Hola pensamientos de vida.

      No hay música en mi blog, porgeu mi blog es blog de fotos. He dicho en “Acerca de mi”, que soy casi unico, que gusta Cumbias. En europe hay mucha la gente que no lo conocen.

      ¡Que tengas un muy buen día!

      Comment by Sartenada — November 28, 2015 @ 12:14 | Reply

  203. Fantastic photos, wonderful introduction, lovely blog, Sartenada. I only just visited here for the first time today, and am looking SO forward to learning more about Finland and enjoying your terrific photos. I especially love the ice sculptures (we have nothing like this in California) in your gallery here. Thank you so much. 😀

    Comment by Jet Eliot — December 1, 2015 @ 23:12 | Reply

  204. Beautiful pictures! We were in Paris last year, too. Maybe we walked right past each other!

    Comment by crowcanyonjournal — December 11, 2015 @ 21:40 | Reply

    • Hello crowcanyonjournal.

      Thank You. It is possible, because we walked during 8 days huge amount of kilometers or miles.🙂

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 12, 2015 @ 12:07 | Reply

  205. Beautiful Pictures…..muy bonitas tus fotos! My favorite photos Rome is one of my dream to visit and see the Pope. Thank you for visiting my blog.

    Comment by Margret — January 29, 2016 @ 05:02 | Reply

    • Hi Margaret.

      Thank You leaving your praising comment. Well, I was lucky in Vatican when photographing photo from the Pope. To be at right place at right time.

      Have a nice weekend! ¡Feliz fin de semana!

      Comment by Sartenada — January 29, 2016 @ 08:26 | Reply

  206. Very cool pictures and your wife is very talented as well! I’ve been to Finland and flown Finnair! Both excellent experiences!

    Comment by jan — February 12, 2016 @ 17:46 | Reply

    • Hello Jan.

      What a pleasant surprise when reading that You have been in Finland and flown Finnair! Thank You praising my photos and my wife’s handicrafts.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 13, 2016 @ 11:55 | Reply

  207. Wow…this photos are so fascinating…
    Love your collection..
    Thanks for sharing
    xx
    https://theonethattravels.wordpress.com/

    Comment by TheOneThatTravels — February 27, 2016 @ 15:13 | Reply

    • Hi TheOneThatTravels.

      I am glad that You loved my photos and left Your praising comment. Thank You.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — February 27, 2016 @ 15:34 | Reply

  208. I don’t know what that wooden carving is but you have some great photos here and I would love you to submit a few to my Monday Mystery. You can email them or write a guest post, whichever you prefer. And I look forward to seeing Helsinki for myself this summer!

    Comment by Forestwoodfolkart — March 7, 2016 @ 12:22 | Reply

    • Hello Amanda.

      First: it is Burl, Gnarl.🙂 Its form was human face without any huge carving. I found it in the town called Savonlinna which is famous for it’s Medieval castle of Olavinlinna. Helsinki is beautiful in summer, but as You noticed, Finland offers “hidden gems” for the traveler who wants to have experiences.
      Because Finland has 187 888 lakes, it is natural to make a cruise on one of its lakes. Example from Mikkeli: Cruise to Rock paintings. I tried to comment to Your post in which there was BMW Isetta, but I could not. I have many photos from it and this has air bag! Think about it. Vintage cars.

      Welcome to Helsinki.

      Comment by Sartenada — March 7, 2016 @ 13:08 | Reply

      • Hi again Dartenada. Hidden gems indeed. i do plan to make a cruise in summer. On my blog posts, Comments are disabled after 3 months as they tend to attract spammers.

        Comment by Forestwoodfolkart — March 7, 2016 @ 13:40 | Reply

      • Yeh…I get it

        Comment by Forestwoodfolkart — March 7, 2016 @ 13:43 | Reply

  209. Absolutely lovely photos!❤

    Comment by Anastasia — March 7, 2016 @ 15:14 | Reply

    • Hello Anastasia.

      Thank you praising my photos. I am very glad that You loved them,

      Have a great start of new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — March 7, 2016 @ 15:20 | Reply

  210. Amazing story! 39yrs with one company. So pleasant to learn that Finnair rotates you in different roles. Your photos are beautiful.

    Comment by Joyce @localgirlforeignland — April 1, 2016 @ 15:16 | Reply

    • Hello Joyce.

      Thank you for Your praising comment, which warmed my heart. You are, rotated and trained all the time! I never bored my job, because there were always something new to learn. There were three highlights in my job. 1. Working as a delegate in Spain. 2. Five years as flying officer. 3. I took part in computer Project which project lasted 2½ years including numerous training trips to Aachen, Germany.

      Have wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2016 @ 08:00 | Reply

  211. Kauniita kuvia.

    Comment by Maverick ~ — April 2, 2016 @ 03:40 | Reply

    • Hei Maverick.

      Kiitos kauniista sanoistasi. Onhan siinä halkileikkaus Suomesta antamaan jonkin näköisen kuvan mitä täältä löytyy.

      Hyvää viikonloppua!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 2, 2016 @ 11:05 | Reply

  212. I love the idea of your blog; letting me know more about Finland is a wonderful idea and I look forward to seeing more of your posts.

    Comment by Tasmanian traveller — April 6, 2016 @ 23:10 | Reply

    • Hello Tasmanian traveler.

      Thank You for Your kind comment and having interest in my “unknown” country. It is a great joy to me who has tried to present this country to those who know the rest of world, but never thought in their mind visit Finland.

      All the best to You.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 7, 2016 @ 07:27 | Reply

  213. A great life story and lovely photos to match!

    Comment by Image Earth Travel — April 10, 2016 @ 13:50 | Reply

    • Hi Nilla.

      Very WISE words which cause my heart to sing!🙂 Tthank You very much. Now You saw Finland in nutshell.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 10, 2016 @ 13:54 | Reply

  214. Super pictures.
    You run an unusual blog

    Comment by 365dniwobiektywielg — April 17, 2016 @ 13:36 | Reply

    • Hello 365dniwobiektywielg.

      I am glad that You loved my presentation. Thank You for Your kind words.

      Happy Sunday!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 17, 2016 @ 13:59 | Reply

  215. Fabulous photos! I loved the shot of you and your dog – adorable. I would love to visit Finland but now live in Texas.

    Comment by chattykerry — April 18, 2016 @ 14:51 | Reply

    • Hello Kerry.

      Thank You for Your kind comment about my dog and me. It warmed my heart. I had many memories from it, it was very wise, and it was mine! I am very glad that that you took a tour of my quite unknown country thru my photos.

      Have a wonderful day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 19, 2016 @ 07:32 | Reply

      • Olet erittäin tervetullut!

        Comment by chattykerry — April 19, 2016 @ 16:17 | Reply

        • Hi Kerry.

          I am speechless – correct Finnish.🙂 Thank You.

          Comment by Sartenada — April 20, 2016 @ 07:18 | Reply

          • I do speak a smattering of some languages including Arabic but I had the help of Google Translate.🙂

            Comment by chattykerry — April 20, 2016 @ 14:57 | Reply

            • Hi Kerry.

              Very well. Google can translate short sentences to Finnish quit good, but long sentences it cannot. Sometimes translations are understandable, but not always. Finnish is one of the most difficult languages in the world.

              Happy Thursday!

              Comment by Sartenada — April 21, 2016 @ 07:24 | Reply

  216. I’ve been enjoying my self with a cup of coffee looking at your pictures! And for a while there, I was imaging I was looking in a mirror in more ways than one! Figured you’d be just about my age, but missed with about 3 years🙂
    And – you’re probably driving a bit faster than me (looking at the HP’s😉 ) and I discovered that I’vee really been missing out on Finland. (Now it’s a bit late) Thought for a while I had you located – geographically – but after a while I discovered
    you’d been ‘all over the place’! (Even at North Cape) And as myself, you’ve stared this remarkable hobby of ours in the early 50’s (like me)
    Let me know if you’re planning to visit Norway again! And I’m pretty sure you will be visiting my blog again. Please open and use the ‘Index’ actively! It’s gonna be much easier on you!
    I don’t have the time to follow many bloggers as I use my timeshoting my own pictures, but this time I’ll make an exeption.

    Comment by Seenorway — April 24, 2016 @ 15:31 | Reply

    • Hello Seenorway.

      Thank You. Yes, I am old or I love more the expression “senior citizen”, but I am very active and my wife inspires me with my blogging. We make together many road trips here and there in Finland and thus having new experiences to us.

      I have been lucky to see the other Finland than only the capital Hellsinki during 30 years. It has enriched our perspective to see the life. Next autumn we will move back to Helsinki where we are born. This does not end my posts presenting countryside in Finland. Our summerhouse is in the midway of Finland and it helps us to make road trips. We love very much the northernmost part (Lapland) of our country. Especially we love to hike on in Lapland on its fells where reindeer roam freely. Our hikes are only day hikes, but they require enough energy, which keep us in good conditions.

      Because being also quit busy, I make my posts only twice a month.

      Have a great start of new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — April 25, 2016 @ 07:56 | Reply

      • I said I had never been to FInland. That’s not entirely true! (I’ve started getting problems with a fading memory (due to long term medication), but I did once wnter into FInland from ‘Skibotn’ in northern Norway – tenting. There we met the finnish mosquito by the millions! (We’ll never ever forget!) I notice that you also seems to have forgotten all about them?🙂 But my experience with Finland is limited to 48 hours and a couple of buckets with cloudberries!
        Our week has started with snow particles in the air and temperatures around zero! Quite unexpected!

        Comment by Seenorway — April 25, 2016 @ 08:52 | Reply

        • Hi Seenorway.

          Very nice. Finnish mosquitos are very active, I know it and that is why we generally visit those northern areas in late -Augusts / in the beginning of September. Few cold nights destroy them quite efficiently.🙂

          Thank You.

          Comment by Sartenada — April 25, 2016 @ 09:40 | Reply

          • I can vividly remember mounting our green tent, but turning around it suddenly seemed a light grey?
            Looking closer it proved to be a layer of mosquitos 5 cm deep covering the entire tent! I never ever experienced anything like it anyewhere in the world! And it was quite a procedure how to enter the tent without the company of an batallion of mosquitos!
            But that’s behind us. We survived!🙂

            Comment by Seenorway — April 25, 2016 @ 09:46 | Reply

  217. Oh Sartenada, your blog is so interesting, I love all the cultural touches you showed here and the many aspects about Finland🙂

    Comment by zannnie — April 26, 2016 @ 11:39 | Reply

    • Hello zannnie.

      So kind words, I am honored. I am very glad that You loved my presentation about Finland and me. Culture, history, hobbies and habits modify us as human beings. Thank You.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 26, 2016 @ 12:26 | Reply

  218. Wow… love all these gorgeous photos!
    Lots of fun—even finding water on Mars😉
    Your crafty wife is very talented🙂 ♥❤

    Comment by knittingwithheart — April 30, 2016 @ 03:48 | Reply

    • Hello knittingwithheart.

      You are so kind when praising my photos and loving my wife’s handicrafts. Thank You. Within two weeks, I will publish awesome crochet post. Even You will be amazed. I found it on our road trip, huge and about 1000 pieces colorful crochet.

      Happy weekend!

      Comment by Sartenada — April 30, 2016 @ 07:46 | Reply

      • Happy weekend, Sartenada🙂 Love your photos plus captions and intrigued by your upcoming crochet post!😀 ♥❤

        Comment by knittingwithheart — May 1, 2016 @ 07:44 | Reply

        • Thank You. You will not to be disappointed in my next post.🙂

          Comment by Sartenada — May 1, 2016 @ 12:24 | Reply

  219. Oh my, such an interesting life experience you have!
    Hope I will visit as many countries as you one day!
    Keep staying active and exploring the world!

    Happy blogging🙂

    Comment by mymorninginbed — May 7, 2016 @ 12:31 | Reply

    • Hello mymorninginbed.

      Thank You very much for Your praising words. My wife and I we are active, because it keeps us in life!🙂

      Comment by Sartenada — May 7, 2016 @ 12:37 | Reply

  220. Hello Matti! Thank you for stopping by my blog and giving me a chance to discover yours! You are a very interesting and gifted person! Your wife also makes beautiful things. I hope I can visit Finland again, for a longer time.

    Comment by elisabethkhan — July 11, 2016 @ 09:04 | Reply

    • Hello Elisabeth.

      So kind and praising words. Thank You. Personally, I find two different Finland, winter and summer. Same places are very different looking in winter and summer. One of my favorite season is also autumn. It is the best time to make short hikes on our Arctic fells and admire reindeers freely roaming there. Because we have huge amount of lakes, it is natural make short cruises on our lakes. I am very glad that You left Your comment.

      Have a great new week!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 11, 2016 @ 10:53 | Reply

  221. Wonderful photos and very interesting blog! Look forward to reading many of your posts:) Thanks a ton for stopping by mine!

    Comment by Rashminotes — July 18, 2016 @ 07:44 | Reply

    • Hello Rashminotes.

      Thank You commenting my About-me-page.

      Have a great day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 19, 2016 @ 07:51 | Reply

  222. Finland is gorgeous! Thanks for stopping by our blog so I get to explore Finland through yours!🙂

    Comment by twobrownfeet — July 28, 2016 @ 11:34 | Reply

    • Hello Twobrownfeet.

      Thank You. Now You have a tiny idea about what my “unknown” country offers.🙂 Finland has mainly two faces and I mean with it Winter Finland and Summer Finland. The third one is autumn, which offers in the North far beyond the Arctic Circle gorgeous hikes on our Arctic fell among freely roaming reindeers.

      Have a nice day!

      Comment by Sartenada — July 28, 2016 @ 11:45 | Reply

  223. my wife wants to buy one or more of the doilies. I told her we have to go to Finland to see them. “Hmmmm …?” she suggestively … well, suggested.
    maybe someday!

    Comment by betunada — September 4, 2016 @ 03:22 | Reply

    • Hello Betunada.

      Thank You. Sounds nice, but these for example are from private collections. Some boutiques in Internet sell laces, but they are not so gorgeous.🙂

      Happy Sunday.

      Comment by Sartenada — September 4, 2016 @ 08:15 | Reply

  224. Moikka Sartenada!!!🙂

    You know how much I LOVE your blog! I’d like to invite you to be one of our 35 distinguished interviewees to The Hieno! X Suomi 100 interview series that has been officially endorsed by the Prime Minister’s office on “what is Finnishness” (More details here: http://www.thehieno.com/solutions)

    So far, Pekka Haavisto, Minna Parikka, Alf Rehn, Karoliina (of Finnish Nightmares) have agreed, just to name a few of our interviewees!

    Please, let me know what you think!🙂 I think your wife and yourself are two of the best bloggers who represents Finland very, very well online. If you’re agreeable, then I can send you an email with the questions by tomorrow. (remember to let me have your email address too)

    Have a wonderful Sunday!~~🙂

    -wanwei
    http://www.thehieno.com

    Comment by ww — September 4, 2016 @ 12:35 | Reply

    • Hello Wanwei.

      Thank You. I replied to You by mail.

      Happy new week.

      Comment by Sartenada — September 5, 2016 @ 11:47 | Reply

  225. Dear Sartenada, Even though I’ve lived in Finland for many years. You’ve presented Finland in your photos I’ve never seen before. It makes me want to go back to Finland and visiting those places in your magical photos. Thank you. I will follow you through your journeys.

    Comment by sunnydaysinseattle — November 2, 2016 @ 22:20 | Reply

    • Hello Sunnydaysinseattle.

      I am very humble before Your praising words. Thank You. I can say, that I know my country quite well without any exaggeration. You are welcome again to Finland and to find its “hidden” gems. You can ask tips / routes / places / sights from me any time.

      Happy week to You and Yours.

      Comment by Sartenada — November 3, 2016 @ 08:11 | Reply

  226. Amazing pictures and fantastic art! Finland is really blessed with breathtakingly beautiful nature and art! So glad you discovered my blog so that in return I discovered yours🙂

    Comment by Miss Gentileschi — December 3, 2016 @ 13:34 | Reply

    • Hello Miss Gentileschi.

      Thank You for Your praising words. In My country, although it is quite unknown, there are very much to see and to experience. We are blessed with real winter and white nights. Both of them are experiences for us too. I prefer nightless nights, because “day “continues although it is night. Lapland, where hiking on our Arctic hills is an experience, because reindeers roam there freely.

      Happy weekend.

      Comment by Sartenada — December 3, 2016 @ 14:03 | Reply


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