San Francisco TOP 3

San Francisco TOP 3

As Finnair starts non-stop flights from Helsinki to San Francisco, it’s a great reason for me to go there for a little getaway holiday. It’s also one of my favorite cities to visit in the US but until now, it has felt a bit too distant to visit regularly. The new straight flights starting on

Get hooked on Karelia

Get hooked on Karelia

A trip around Lake Pielinen – Finland’s fourth largest lake – can encompass thrills, relaxation, and memorable tastes of this distinctive region of eastern Finland. Emerging from a muscle-soothing sauna we plunge into the refreshing waters of Lake Pielinen, and float serenely while watching the sun set behind the wooded hills that line the far

How to spend a weekend in the Windy City

How to spend a weekend in the Windy City

Clean and green, Chicago’s revamped Riverwalk has transformed the city’s urban environment. Watching locals sipping wine, tucking into tacos, and walking their beloved pooches beside the Chicago River, it’s hard to believe this serpentine waterway was long shunned by residents of the Windy City. Yet thanks to a timely investment of 94.1 million euros (100

A beginner’s guide to sake

A beginner’s guide to sake

The city of Hida in Central Japan is one of the best places to discover the secrets of the country’s traditional beverage. For many Japanese, sake is something you drink on special occasions – at festivals, weddings, or at ceremonies at Shinto shrines. For Ryuhei Uenoda it’s something one drinks every day. “Just a little,

5 reasons to pack a bathing suit

5 reasons to pack a bathing suit

Brush up on your breaststroke or front crawl to enjoy some of the most memorable swimming pools around the world. 1. Swimming spree Located in Berlin’s gritty ­Treptow is a 30-metre barge-turned-swimming pool anchored in the Spree River. This is the Badeschiff or Bathing Ship – a symbol of the creative and quirky side of

Follow your nose in Paris

Follow your nose in Paris

Perfumes are one of France’s top ten exports, so it is only fitting that two new museum attractions in the French capital are scentsational. Hymn to perfume Set inside a 19th-century mansion (formerly Christian Lacroix’s haute couture house) in the elegant 8th district is Le Grand Musée du Parfum. Opened at the end of 2016,

2 x Helsinki kiddie chic

2 x Helsinki kiddie chic

Colourful, funky, and ethical – this coveted combination of qualities puts Nordic kidswear in high demand. These two Helsinki stores cater to a growing tribe of parents who want sustainability with a special touch of style. It’s a match Fun clothing that is ethically produced from organic materials: This sums up the philosophy behind Harakanpesä