All posts tagged: travel

Maui: From lush to dust

The last place for our journey in Hawaii was the island of Maui. For us this was the place for relaxation and old school chilling at the hotel pool but also some very nice nature trips. Again I have two awesome routes/places for you to visit. Both of these trips will take you one day each. And yet again I’m totally recommending to rent a car on the island. There’s no public transportation to reach these locations. And the Shaka Guide app that I mentioned in my previous post was our tour guide for these tours also. Worked amazing! ROAD TO HANA  You’ve heard from this one! I know you have! This route will give you a perfect glimpse of Maui’s greenest rainforest areas, beaches and waterfalls. If you are a plant/forest/green junkie like I am, you will love this! It will take you the whole day so start early. The thing is that the road to Hana is a narrow road, crawling inside forests, again very serpentine-like and sometimes very slow. The road will …

Kauai: Canyons and ancient forests

Welcome to Kauai, the Garden Island of Hawaii! This island will blow your mind as it did for us. There’s everything for nature lovers. You can hike, trek or just lay on the beaches if you wish so. I’m going to share a few places for you to see and hike. THE SOUTHERN SIDE OF KAUAI The island is pretty small, and almost every single corner is easy to reach with a car. We rented a car for two day from the airport. And we also got this amazing app called Shaka Guide to give us the perfect tour in Kauai’s top locations. It was awesome and worked perfectly! You just choose a tour you want and the GPS tells the app where you’re driving at the moment. You have your own personal tour guide informing you the best spots to pull over to catch a nice view or the trails that you can take, and then shares interesting stories about the places and Hawaiian culture. Totally recommending that! We started our car tour on the …

O’ahu: Rainforest trails and city life

  O’ahu. That’s where we flew. That’s where Honolulu is. That where the action happens. O’ahu actually ended up being our favourite island of all we visited. That’s because it’s the perfect mix of city life and nature. We loved the cool restaurants of Honolulu, we did some snorkeling and beach life in Hanauma Bay and we saw the rainforest just outside the city of Honolulu at a few trails. Loved it! The different trails were the best thing for me in Hawaii. That was where we got the chance to see the amazing nature up and close. I get so excited when I enter any forest and seeing the rainforests was a lifetime dream of mine. I was mesmerized. In the following posts about Hawaii I will focus on the different nature trails in different islands. Just because I think those are the best reason to visit Hawaii and its various island.   1. MANOA FALLS TRAIL This nature trail is so easy to achieve from Honolulu. A bus goes there from the Waikiki beach …

Hello Hawaii!

I’m going to start this year of Folk Jee with an epic start! I guess this blog needs that because of the long silence. So much has changed, again. We are living in a new city but I think that subject will need its own post. So I’ll return to that a bit later. So, how to start big and bold… HAWAIIIII!!!! Yes, I did it! It was all planned silently for a half a year with my dear friend. We both needed a holiday so bad. And on January we flew almost two days from Finland to Hawaii. We visited three of the islands: Oahu, Kauai and Maui. And boy oh boy, I have planned an amazing visual trip for you guys! Because we did a lot of trails and I want to share all my special tips about those trails. There’s going to be lots of rainforest, so much green that you will get sick of it, plants and more plants, red mud, terrifying (at least for me) views and maybe you’ll catch …

Autumn in Japan

It’s been almost a year since we visited Japan and after that there hasn’t been a day without both of us really missing that place, wishing to go back there. I think we are actually Japanese but somehow ended up being born in Finland. Somehow… We’ve also been trying to find ways to relocate ourselves to that country but it’s a difficult task because we don’t speak Japanese we don’t have jobs there Japan has a tough policy about foreign people moving there we’re not married to a Japanese person (although, we’ve been thinking about that we both should find a Japanese spouse and then move to Japan and then be each others lovers there). I found these very autumnal photos that I took in Kobe. I didn’t even have to edit these in Photoshop, they look so beautiful as they are.

The rope, the sea and Matti

I realized that I never posted about a place where I went when I was in Kotka at the beginning of May. I visited Matti, a craftsman who knows how to do products with rope, with really old techniques. He has a little workshop by the sea at Sapokka, Kotka where he sells his products in the summertime. I talked with him about the techniques and life, I really appreciate his work! I bought this awesome table brush/trivet made of rope. So beautiful and I bet it will last almost forever.   Tajusin just, että en ikinä postannut mitään juttua paikasta, jossa kävin kun olin Kotkassa visiitillä toukokuun alussa. Kävin nimittäin Matin luona. Matti on käsityöläinen, joka osaa tehdä oikeasta köydestä mitä mahtavimpia töitä vanhoilla tekniikoilla. Hänellä on pieni työhuone meren rannalla Sapokassa, Kotkassa. Kesäisin hän myy työhuoneeltaan tuotteitaan, kuten pannunalusia, eteisen mattoja ja muita ihania juttuja. Juttelin hänen kanssaan vanhoista tekniikoista ja elämästä, arvostan hänen taitoaan todella paljon! Ja ostin tällaisen ihan huipun pöytäharja/pannunalusen, jonka malli on 1600-luvun purjelaivoista. Niin kaunis ja kestää mitä …

The Parks of Kotka

It’s always nice to go back to the places from your childhood. Last weekend I traveled to Kotka, a town by the sea in southeast Finland. My home village is almost 30 kilometres north but Kotka is a very familiar place for me because I spent my high school years there. The town centre is actually located on an island which is so cool. You’re surrounded by the sea everywhere you go. My Mom just moved to the centre and it was so nice to have short distance to every single beautiful park that I really love in Kotka. Because the parks of Kotka are the most award-winning parks in Finland. And yeah, that is so true! I’ve lived and visited the most largest cities in Finland and, sorry for saying this, they just don’t know how to design amazing parks. Heikki Laaksonen, the man behind these parks, is also a lover of modern art and you can see that when you walk in the town. You are surrounded by the beautiful art pieces. So …

Let’s float at Pier 55!

Exciting news reached to me few days ago! Another reason to go to New York. I’ve been following the planning for Pier 55, a floating garden park, designed by Thomas Heatherwick, collaborating with landscape architect Mathews Nielsen. The park is going to be floating over The Hudson River and the construction is starting this summer. The design images look amazing and inside the park there will be spaces for different events. Maybe I finally have to schedule the time for a vacation in NY… More cool info about the project here.   Kuulin taannoin jännittäviä uutisia! Taas uusi syy matkustaa New Yorkiin. Olen seuraillut Pier 55-nimisen kelluvan puiston suunnitteluprosessia jo jonkun aikaa. Puiston on suunnitellut Thomas Heatherwick, yhteistyössä maisema-arkkitehti Mathews Nielsenin kanssa. Puisto tulee kellumaan paalujen päällä Hudson-joella ja rakennus aloitetaan vihdoin tänä kesänä. Suunnittelukuvat näyttävät tajuttoman hienoilta ja puistosta tulee löytymään erilaisia tiloja erilaisille tapahtumille. Ehkä nyt vihdoin mun pitää varata kalenterista tilaa New Yorkin matkalle… Lisää siistejä yksityiskohtia projektista löytyy täältä.

The Warsaw

The spring is an exhausting time for me. I find it more rough than the autumn. It’s the light, it’s the fuss, it’s the waiting. Last weekend I escaped everything to the country that I’ve never been before: Poland. I didn’t have much of expectations (well, good food, of course) so the city of Warsaw was a nice surprise. The weather was, well, very cold, windy and grey but it kinda matched the Polish atmosphere. There was something sad about the city. The WWII still hovers above everything. Somehow. It was still very winter-like, no plants blooming. But I found flowers and plants everywhere else in the city: in iron fences, small flower kiosks (tents), Polish folk art and items. And Polish people do love their flowers. I visited an ethnographic museum which was so awesome but I will be posting more about that later. It needs its own post.   Kevät on jotenkin uuvuttavaa aikaa mulle. Mun mielestä se on jopa rankempi vuodenaika kuin syksy. Se on tää valo, hössötys ja odotus. Viime viikonloppuna …

Let’s shop plants in Japan!

Everyone knows that there’s lots of gorgeous gardens in Japan! But what I wanted to know was where do they get their plants? Where does a regular dweller shop for plants? That was a bit of mystery until we accidentally took an elevator up to the highest floor of skyscraper in Tokyo. The building was a regular shopping center or mall and there, at the roof of the building we found a nursery. After that accident we noticed that usually at the top floor of every mall there’s a plant shop or nursery. Of course there were also little shops and stalls at market places or hidden in the narrow streets. Those were so beautiful too. Every time I saw a little place that sold plants I would stop to admire their artful little plants. The perfect places for a plant lover like me. Oh, how I miss Japan!   Kaikkihan kyllä tietää, että Japani on täynnä taivaallisia puutarhoja! Mutta miä halusin siellä ollessani tietää, mistä ihmiset siellä ostavat kasvinsa? Se tieto oli jonkin aikaa …