Thursday, July 24, 2014

On The Way To...

 If you are on your way to Porvoo from Helsinki, don't miss Kulloo!
There's a golf course and next to it Kulloon Kartano/Kullo Gård/Kullo Mansion, where a fantastic "Butiken på landet" boutique is located. There's also cottage accommodation available.  

Butiken på landet concept stores are lifestyle boutiques with casual and business wear for both women and men, shoes and decorative pieces for home.

Kulloon Kartano
Kulloon kartanon tie 179

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Lake Houses part 7

 Nice view, isn't it?
 This is the last house of lake house hunting at Lake Balaton. Located in Balatonboglar, walking distance from the lake, built in 1955, added some extra space in the late 80s. I would say it's a real retro piece inside out. Condition is pretty poor but that's how it is usually in the houses of that era. People live there but probably are so used to it that don't see that maybe some changes would do good. Or maybe it's a money issue. Who knows.
Lots of space, two levels, big garden, nice neighborhood, near shops & restaurants, but still on a quiet street without almost any traffic.
Upstairs in the middle the rooms have yellow glass ceiling windows... 

View to the side.

Asking price 47 million Hungarian forints (€157.000).

So there were 7 houses to choose from...
Next time I'll tell you which one was chosen & bought!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bistro Sinne: "Let Food Be Thy Medicine"


Minne mennä? No, sinne!
Had a fabulous lunch at Sinne in Porvoo, Finland. The place is located in the Art Factory on the western riverfront. Sinne serves seasonal food made of fresh ingredients from the local producers.  
Wanted to put the dessert pic in the beginning... the salt liquorice meringue was heavenly! But before eating that heavenly piece had chosen the Menu Porvoo which included Gazpacho with shrimps & spruce-scented oil, grilled local wild salmon with boiled potatoes & chantarelles and the for the dessert marinated strawberries with vanilla ice-cream & liquorice meringue.
Everything tasted fresh and all were so perfectly prepared. Finnish food at its best.
Simply delicious! 

Moomins made of sand & recycled "trees" with lamps in the from of Art Factory (the building used to belong to Fiskars some 30 years or so ago...)

Sinne Bistro & shop
Läntinen Aleksanterinkatu 1

"Food can have a healing effect, physically or mentally, as long as it's enjoyed without pretense or unnecessary hurry, enjoying it with every fibre of your being."

ps. the owners will be opened a new restaurant also in Helsinki in near future...

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Budapest: Kodály Körönd

 Kodály Körönd in Budapest in 1903.
 Same square on Andrássy út in July 2014.

One of the four buildings at Kodaly Körönd was on fire on Tuesday July 15. The fire fighting was going on still on Wednesday. The icons building is part of the UNESCO World Heritage site. Only the lower level survived, all the other floors are damaged. 

The huge plumes of smoke were visible across the city. The surrounding buildings were evacuated and the streets around were closed to cars and pedestrians.

The building was built 1882-1885 ans it's one of the city's most iconic buildings, but has been the subject of financial and ownership disputes for many years, with numerous attempts at renovation being announced or begun without conclusion.

Let's see what will happen to this once beautiful building...

ps.the square or actually circus was named Körönd from the 1890s, Hitler Adolf tér from 1938, renamed Körönd in 1945 and in 1971 named after Zoltán Kodály (Hungarian composer) who once lived in one of the buildings there.

ps ps. The place plaza a central role in Vilmos Kondor's book Budapest Noir (2012).

Enjoy it!

There are so many reason to celebrate and summer is a perfect time for that. It's nice to dress up and have fun, but enjoying life doesn't need to mean fancy parties all the time, but rather small things too.

1. Start the day with a smile
2. Get into music
3. Find a new hobby
4. Read a good book

5. Take a break
6. Spend time with interesting people
7. Learn new things
8. Eat healthy
9. Sleep well

Always try to create new things and make yourself happy.
Remember life only comes once so enjoy it for the better.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Shorts Or Not?

When you reach a certain age (let's say for example 50), is it still appropriate to wear shorts in public? 

I've mentioned before that I'm a comfy dresser, so when the temperature outside rises up to 35C/95F the comfortableness definitely beats the prettiness. The materials must be breathable ones like cotton or even sporty dry-fits.  

Seems like I can't leave the house without these accessories...

shorts - Gap
top - Gap
sandals - Tory Burch
bag - Jimmy Choo for HM
bangles - Hermes, Thomas Sabo & Michael Kors
watch - Gucci
sunglasses - Ray Ban

ps. still no make-up...but the allergy symptoms are almost totally disappeared! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

No Make-Up

I've been without make-up for several days now... reason for that is  a strong allergic reaction. For what? No idea! My face started to become red and itchy, then the neck and ears, for couple of days my eye lids were like balloons. First I got pretty strong tablets against allergy from the pharmacy. They seemed to help but as soon as I finished taking them the symptoms came back. Needed to book an appointment to see a doctor. This time I got super strong tablets which will for sure make the symtoms go away. After two days the face feels better, the skin is still quite red and rough, but the itchiness has disappeared. 

First I applied some facial oil with vitamin E for my face, but then I discovered Avéne's soothing eye contour cream which can be applied for the upper lid as well and Lumene's SOS cream is a real saver! It's formulated by using skin calming technology.
I won't put any make-up on my face yet, will wait a couple of more days to see how the situation evolves. 

I'm not an allergic person normally. I don't have hay fever, I can be in the same room with cats and dogs, I can eat anything etc. This kind of reactions are very difficult to diagnose, almost anything can cause them. The only thing is to get rid of the symptoms by taking medicine and hope that it won't come back.   

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