The Singers of Jingshan Park

As I walked through the Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing  a tree covered hill stood in front of me, on top two colourful Pagondas. This seemed like a great place to view the surrounding area and after taking a look at my city map it would be possible to visit. The area wasContinue reading “The Singers of Jingshan Park”

Melbourne Trams

As we where staying in an Air BnB a short walk in one direction from Central Station and Queen Victoria Markets in the other, it was easy to get around Melbourne by foot. I find it’s the best way to see a city and stumble across a place you aren’t expecting. And that was exactlyContinue reading “Melbourne Trams”

The Face of Melbourne

The Face of Melbourne The first time I noticed the building was from the ANZAC memorial, far off in the distance a black and white face 32 storeys tall staring back at me. It was far away but I could make out the portrait clearly. I was intrigued and needed to know more about theContinue reading “The Face of Melbourne”

Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall 

Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall is the oldest indoor swimming hall in Helsinki, opening in 1928, and located in Kamppi.  Originally the hall was privately owned until 1954 when it was transferred to the Finnish Sports Federation and then in 1967 to the City of Helsinki. Being naked was one of the hardest things for me toContinue reading “Yrjönkatu Swimming Hall “

Lapland Art – Särestöniemi Museum

Reidar Särestöniemi (1925-1981) was an artist from Lapland. He lived in the Kittilä region of Lapland for his whole life at his family home apart from a few years while he studied in Helsinki and St Petersburg. He gained recognition after his first exhibition in 1959. Unlike any other museums I have been to inContinue reading “Lapland Art – Särestöniemi Museum”

Reindeer Hunting

Recently I have been out hunting for reindeer, hoping for the rare chance of getting the perfect shot with my camera but it has been harder than I first thought. One day you will see a field with a hundred reindeer, the next they will be gone without a trace. Finding reindeer in the woods isContinue reading “Reindeer Hunting”

Made From Wood

A church is always a fine example of beautiful architecture and fine craftsmanship. They are often built many years ago and stand the test of time. This church in Inari dates back to 1646. You can read more about Pielpajarvi Wilderness Church in my  post 5 Things to do in Finnish Lapland in Summer and this photographContinue reading “Made From Wood”

Indigenous Tourism

In recent posts I have been talking about the Sami, a people who traditionally inhabit the northern areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland and a small part of Russia,  and their history, culture and involvement in reindeer herding.  Now I would like to look at their involvement in tourism. The sub-segment of indigenous tourism is defined as theContinue reading “Indigenous Tourism”