Mysterious Moses Bridge

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During our stay in The Netherlands, we made so many travelling plans with Lady A, that it is not a surprise in the end, that we could not visit them all. We should have been travelling several days a week to see everything. I am especially sad about all the beautiful castles we didn’t see in the end, but at least now we have many reasons to go back. I had actually made relatively little planning beforehand, and there was only one place I had decided to visit. And that place was mysterious Moses Bridge.

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One cold Sunday morning we took a train with Lady A to Bergen op Zoom, and continued our journey with a bus to Halsteren. From the bus stop, we had to walk about 15 to 20 minutes, before arriving at Fort de Roovere. And there it was, Moses Bridge. Middle of nowhere, kind of hiding and surrounded by silence and peace. So simple, yet so miraculous.

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Moses Bridge is work of RI&AD Architecten, and designed to blend in with the outlines of the landscape. This makes the bridge kind of invisible from many directions, as the water comes all they way to the edges. You get the feeling you are walking middle of parted water. The sunken bridge is made from sustainable Accoya wood which is reducing environmental impact but still is high in performance. I always like this kind of solutions and find it interesting to read details after visiting interesting places.

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As you can see from the photos, the weather was amazing the day we visited the bridge. It was little chilly, but the sun was shining and luckily we had enough clothes with us. I can imagine that the bridge is attracting most of the visitors during the summer season, as it is an outdoor activity. And for this reason, it was actually kind of perfect time to go there, as there were only a few others visiting the bridge same time. To be honest, it is not that easy to reach this place with public transportation, so I am not sure how many tourists, in the end, visits the place. There is not too much more to see than the bridge, and I think most of the people were locals doing their Sunday walk.

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Even though it took us a lot more time to travel to this place than we ended up spending time there, I am extremely happy we did it. It was fascinating and I could have just enjoyed the silence there and gaze the frozen water. I understand the design of the bridge, but same time I keep wondering why the water does not flow over the edges. Or maybe sometimes it does? How cool it would be to see the bridge when it is raining?

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The forest around was by the way so beautiful as everything was little frosty. I love the fact, that spring is here and summer is coming, but nature is SO beautiful when there is soft frost everywhere. And who wouldn’t love those soft tones also?

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Lady A. thank you for the trip, will always remember it!

xoxo,

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Details of this adventure

Moses Bridge – Fort de Roovere
Schansbaan 8 / Halsteren 4661, The Netherlands

Accessable with car and public transportatio

52 weeks in Helsinki – week 6

I absolutely LOVE Helsinki, and I am super happy to call Helsinki my home. I moved to Helsinki first time last summer, and just when I started to enjoy the city and get exited about everything amazing there is, I moved to the Netherlands. So when I moved back to Finland, it was clear to me, that Helsinki is where I want to stay for now. Because Helsinki offers so many nice things, and I don´t want to miss most of it with my crazy timetables, I decided, that in order to experience Helsinki as many ways as possible, I will do every week something new in Helsinki. And from there the idea was born: 52 weeks in Helsinki.

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My original plan was to start sharing every week what is the new thing I have done, but like I told you last week, the timetable has not been very favorable for blogging. However, I think it is better to start now than never, so we are jumping to week 6 (last week) and probably I am sharing some of the things I did the weeks before, as I have been carrying my camera with me all the time lately. And what are the new things I am planning to experience in Helsinki? Well, it can a museum, bar, shop, park, event, cafe, activity or basically anything I have not experience before. I have a long list already, and it is getting longer every week, as I spot new interesting things around me.

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Last week I ended up doing actually two new things; visiting Bar no. 9 (food is delicious, go there!), and walking on the frozen Baltic sea. I took the tram from my home to Arabianranta, and for few hours just walked around on the frozen sea, made some photos and enjoyed the silence. It is funny how you can be so close to the city, and same time feel so far away. The winter in Helsinki is truly amazing, as the Baltic sea is frozen in many parts, and you can take a walk on the ice. It is possible in many different parts of Helsinki, but just be careful and don´t walk on the ice if you are not 100% sure it to be safe. If you don´t see anyone else there, maybe better choose another spot.

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I arrived to Arabianranta just before the sunset, and the view from the sea to the city was so beautiful. From Arabianranta you can easily walk to Lammassaari and experience the beautiful duckboards. In the winter it has its own magic, but the duckboards are my favorite in the summer time.

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I hope the winter weather could stay just a little longer, and I could go again for a walk on the frozen sea. There was a lot people enjoying the sunny afternoon last week, and especially people with dogs seems to enjoy the extra walking area the sea is offering now. I even managed to play a little paparazzi when one lady was making photos of her super cute doggie. I wish I could have a dog also, but my allergies are not thinking the same sadly.

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Have you been walking on the frozen sea? And do you have any Helsinki tips for me?

xoxo,

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Unplanned moments

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I love planning, but sadly I have learned this year, that often things do not go how you planned. This has not stopped me to plan things ahead, just I think that now a days I keep the plans I make more as a guide. I have example planned where I want to travel this autumn, but who knows what the autumn will bring in the end. While I have learned, that not everything goes like you plan, I have also learned this summer that the best moments many times are unplanned. Spontaneous moments, fast decisions which just feels good at that given moment.

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Last week I did one unplanned trip with a friend. It was a after work trip, and the only planning we did was checking the bus to the destination. Yeas, only to the destination, but not how to get back home. Smart and exiting. It was one of the best decisions in a long time, and totally unplanned. I ended up spending four hours laughing, talking, watching, listening,walking, eating  and relaxing. And all this 35 minutes away from the city, middle of amazing nature. When did you last time do something like this? And something like this without planning it?

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Ah, look the blueberries!! The forest was full of delicious berries, and I saw few people baskets full of chanterelles – so jealous!

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So where did we go? We went to the amazing Nuuksio National park. It was for me first time in the park even though I live so close to the park. Nuuksio national park is located in Uusimaa Region in the areas of Espoo, Kirkkonummi and Vihti. The park are is 55 square kilometers and you can reach the park easily with car or bus. We took the bus and arrived in 35 minutes from Leppävaara to the Espoo part of the park. You can start also from other parts of the park, and example Haltia – the Finnish Nature center is one of the most popular places to start your trip in the national park.

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Even though the park is not that huge, it somehow keeps so many amazing things inside it. There are beautiful valleys, steep ravines, rocks, groves, swamps and over 80 lakes and ponds. Sometimes  I felt like I was in in the lakeside, the other moment it felt more like Lapland. (Well I have not been in Lapland but, that is how I imagine it to look with all the dry up trees and barren landscape). You can have your brake in one oft he cooking shelters and camping sites, but you can also just choose your own spot and spend your brake sitting in a rock or in the end of a pier like we did.

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In the park marked trails and nature trails are between 1.5 and 17 km long and they vary from easy to difficult. You can also do biking and horse riding in marked trails. All the trails are very well marked and you can easily follow the chosen trail. There are numerous nature trails so you easily end up walking double the length of your trail as you want to go and check the trails. Well, at least this is what happened to us. Just be careful where you step, we ended up getting our feet wet as we did a little detour around one small pond.

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Add a little color to your life – stepping around feels so much better with Nikes in bright pink!

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We had our brake in the end of pier. It could not have been spot for a small brake, eating small snack and enjoying the lake view. And there were also cute ducks swimming around, one even try to come ashore from the pier while we were sitting there.

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You can also do fishing in the park. It was nice to see how dad taught his  son. Small precious moments.

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Details about this travel tip

Nuuksio National park / Nuuksion kansallispuisto 

In the north of Ring III Road (Kehä III) in areas of Espoo, Vihti and Kirkkonummi.

Start example from Haltia – the Finnish Nature Center.

I hope you have had a relaxing weekend,

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P.S How did we get home in the end without plan? Kind of hitchhiked our way back home..hups! Another unplanned moment and definitely worth the laugh we got afterwards.