Turku is Finland’s oldest city, located in the Southwest of the country. Home to over 30,000 students, it is beautiful, comfortable and walkable with an impressive amount of fine restaurants that some think will challenge Helsinki for the top spot in Finland’s growing culinary scene. There is a lot to see in Turku, for more info on travel there go to:
The Art Bank in Pargas Finland is a small museum and the personal collection of Ted Wallin. He has amassed an impressive amount of work by his hero Salvador Dali. He is a man obsessed by Dali, and after a half hour of conversation, I believe he might be actually possessed by the artist as well. What a pleasure to meet him and to see the work of Dali up close in such a small venue.
Another moment of bliss in Finland.
Just a 45 minute drive from Helsinki, Hawkhill Nature cottages rest on the shores of a beautiful lake boarding the Nuuksio National Park in Finland. Smoked salmon, potatoes and pancakes cooked on the grill, a wood fired sauna and a bottle of Russian vodka generously gifted to us by the owner and our host Annu Huotari made for a fantastic stay there. Thank you Annu! The image above was taken at 5:30 in the morning as the early morning mist covering the lake started to evaporate. The Finns love getting away into nature and many have summer cottages. HawkHill offers a rare opportunity to experience that life in a totally charming, comfortable setting.
For more info go to Hawkhill Nature
My first day in Finland started out with a walk through Turku, a lovely little town on the coast with a fantastic food scene.
For more info on travel to Turku and Finland go to VisitTurku
A crab boat captain watches his crew unload the days catch in Inverness, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia.
I am very pleased to have a half page image I took of Raymond Luc Levasseur in the new book Days of Rage by best selling author Bryan Burrough. Aside from my own pride, this is an important book about our history that holds lessons for today. It is a must read. Below is a link to the NYT review.
Spring has finally sprung. As they say, “you don’t know what you’ve got till its gone”. Thank God its warm again.
The National Bardo museum in Tunis, Tunisia.
My heart goes out to Tunisia and to the families of those killed during the terrorist attack the Bardo museum in Tunis yesterday. I traveled to Tunisia in 2009. I remember being somewhat nervous before the trip. It was my first time in a Muslim country, I am Jewish, and Israel was bombing the hell out of Gaza at the time. When I brought this up to a Tunisian woman I had met, she said ” don’t worry, we do not think all Jews are the Israeli army, just as we do not think that all Americans are George Bush….. that would be crazy” With so many Americans lumping all Muslims together with terrorist extremists, I found her statement to be refreshingly intelligent. I was greeted with open arms in Tunisia, it remains one of my favorite trips and regardless of this attack I will be going back.