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Helsinki trip

Last week with Klaus we spent some days in Helsinki, where one of his sister lives. I’ve been in Helsinki before, other two times, but this time we had little bit more time to visit the city. So, now that I know the city little bit better, I can tell that the Finnish capital has its gems of beauty.

So here you go with some shots from our trip in Helsinki, enjoy!

Let’s start with the City Market Hall.Market Hall in Helsinki | duefiliderba • the blogSome more architecture.

Helsinki | duefiliderba • the blog

Doesn’t this building remind you of NY? ↓
New York in Helsinki | duefiliderba • the blog Click here for some more shots!

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Rotorua, the smokey city

 

The strange place seems to be wrapped in shadow, in fog, in smoke. The atmosphere looks a bit… Fantastic? Surreal? Mystical?

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Interrail: Budapest

We are almost at the end of this unforgettable trip around Europe with Interrail. Next (and last) city we visited was Budapest. The journey from Vienna is very short, little bit more than two hours. Besides, the connections between the two cities are very frequent, so if you are staying in Vienna you can easily have a one day trip to the Hungarian capital, or vice versa. The arrival at the railway station already preannounced the success of our staying. The beautiful and majestic Keleti railway station was built in the years 81-84 of the XIX century and looks like this:

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The two imposing statues you see in their niches are respectively James Watt and George Stephenson, inventors of the steam engine and of the first public inter-city railway line in the world to use steam locomotives.

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Budapest offers a infinite variety of attractions and we just saw a few of them. Anyways, something that didn’t pass unnoticed was how much the city teems with history and culture.

Every alley, every crossroad, every building has its own characteristics that makes it unique. This gives to the city a dynamic appearance that doesn’t really give you time to bore. Budapest’ architecture surely remember us Vienna’s.

What’s peculiar in this city is that it allows you to take a leap in the past aristocracy without having to empty your wallet! Who has never dreamed, at least once in a lifetime, to drink coffee in a place like this?

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Well, in Budapest you actually can! For the Hungarian capital, coffee places had a key role in the first decades of the past century. Then, coffee shops had proliferated so much that the city counted around 500 of them. They were used as a meeting place for artists, writers and poets. Ink and paper were for free and they could enjoy the “writer’s menu”, that included bread, cheese and small cuts, at a discount price. In short, coffee houses were the heart of the city, of its culture and gossip. Sadly, the majority of them were destroyed during the World Wars. Some of them, though, were faithfully rebuilt giving us the opportunity to take a look at the glorious past of this city.

That is the case of the Centrál Café, working again since 1999.

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This was our breakfast in the Centrál Café with delicious local cold cuts. Very nice service, splendid atmosphere and honest prices! Surely advised!

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An unforgettable place Downton Abbey style that you’ve just got to see is the New York Café, on the ground floor of the New York Palace.

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This majestic palace was built toward the end of the XIX century. The World Wars weren’t merciful with the Palace. After those dark years, one of the most prestigious palaces of the city wasn’t more than a ruin. It was only in 2001 that the Italian Boscolo Hotels decided to invest in it and since 2007 the palace glows in all its original glory. In 2014 this historical building celebrated its 120th anniversary. New York Café doesn’t think about modesty when it calls itself “The most beautiful cafe in the world”. Well, how to say otherwise?

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After some luxury, let’s take a look into the Great Market Hall.

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This beautiful building is the heart of the Hungarian culture. There you can find whatever you expect from Budapest. The building has 3 floors: the basement, the ground floor and the first floor. In the basement you can find fish, spices and the biggest variety of pickles you’ve ever seen (Hungarians are masters in preparing them).

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The first floor is the floor of the handicrafts and of the local “fast food”. There you’ll see beautiful crochet fabrics, an endless quantity of other souvenirs and local food that you’ll be able to eat directly there. We highly recommend this deliciousness: lángos. Lángos is a fried paste covered with everything good your mind can make up. In our lángos there was vanilla sauce, walnut powder, Nutella and strawberries.

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There are sooooo many things we did not do and did not see in Budapest and surely we would have liked to get to know it better if only we would have had more time. We were enchanted by this city so rich of history, culture, tradition, delicacies and beauty. A city that knows and appreciate itself exactly the way it is.

Before letting you go, still some pictures from Budapest!

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Hungarian pastry.

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This is what you can eat in a common Budapest restaurant: cheese soup, garlic-crusted chicken and one of the biggest hamburger ever. Tasty food at a good price.

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Budapest’ second railway station: Nyugati.

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In conclusion, Budapest is a city that I personally loved a lot and I really hope I could make you grasp the splendor of this capital!

Note: if you’d like more infos about Budapest cafes and many other things take a look here

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New Zealand, Pōhutukawa’s land

The metrosideros excelsa, in maori pōhutukawa, is an evergreen tree that blossoms in the sea land from November to February depending on climate condition, when here stays alive practically only pines. (more…)

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Interrail: the beauty of travelling by train

Travelling by train is an unique experience. It is impossible to compare even the very same trip done with any other transportation.

During our honeymoon we travelled trough the capitals of Sweden and Denmark, which are Stockholm and Copenhagen, in a single day. According to the timetable we wouldn’t spend more than a few hours in both cities, so I didn’t plan anything special to do in those two beautiful capitals.

Unexpectedly, we soon realized that you get the chance to do much even we little time! This is because usually railway stations are right in the heart of the city. They actually themselves contribute to create the city center, enriching it with their majestic architecture.

Surely the best way to spend your time between a train and another is to walk, mainly for two reasons: it’s good and vital to get some exercise after being sitting for hours and it is the best way to see what’s around the station. Stockholm found us totally unprepared: Klapsu visited it only once several years ago and it was my first time in the Swedish capital. Besides, my instinct of conscious traveller, that checks every single detail and wants to have everything under control, well, somehow didn’t work this time.

Anyways the walk was very refreshing and not only because it was a chilly day! It gave us an opportunity to have a glimpse of Stockholm and its beauties. Also, we could hear this beautiful language (and speak it, I’m referring to Klapsu!), that is Swedish. Surely we want to go back there another time to know it better!

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Interrail: let’s take a walk in Copenhagen!

After Stockholm, we started heading with a Swedish high speed train toward Denmark.

Swedish trains have the option to book the breakfast/lunch when you are reserving the seats.*

What I didn’t take into consideration was the fact that the high speed train does, indeed, go very fast. Hence, stability is not the first quality of those train, or at least the Stockholm-Copenhagen one! Now try to figure out me, the most unstable person you’ll probably ever now, in a shaking train with coffee and brioche in my hands.

Far from stainless, we did arrive in the Danish capital. I had the privilege to visit Copenhagen other times before this one. And, thanks to some kind of a quirk, the railway station is located in the part of the city that I know the best. So, as soon as we stepped out of the station, I knew exactly what I wanted to show to Klaus.

I’d like to spend some words talking about the very railway station. In my opinion, it is the most beautiful station that I’ve seen so far. It’s huge, but at the same time well organized. The first railway station of Copenhagen, that was built in the year 1847, was entirely wooden. This was because at that time it was forbidden to built anything that had foundations outside the city fortification. Even though it was rebuilt in 1864, in 1911 and was renovated several times, the cozy atmosphere given by the bricks and wood is still untouched.

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Interrail: Vienna

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Dunedin, capital of ‘wildlife’

Even though it could sound incredible to many since they never heard about it, Dunedin is one of the biggest cities in the world.

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New Zealand: the “SeaLand”

 

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In addition to Thais’ periodical about berries in Finland, I would like to add a new one with a totally different theme. You can read in the About us my deep love for New Zealand and all the marvelous things concerning it. That’s why I’d like to help you to know something about those fabulous places. A trip without slipways that will go straight forward to the destination, or destinations.

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