View from the top

These photos have been waiting in the draft box since last summer, and I thought today is finally perfect day to share these, as tomorrow I am heading to Tallinn. It has been way too long time since I have been there, and I am SO exited to see my grandmother after a long time. I absolutely love traveling and will definitely also take every opportunity there is to live abroad, but it is always hard to be far from your loved ones. Especially grandparents, as they are not anymore able to travel, so they cannot visit you when you are living far.

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With these photos I am taking you back to sunny day in Tallinn last summer. Tallinn is like a home for me, and even I have been there so many times, I still keep finding places I have not visited before. And that is something that makes the city so interesting – you never get bored there! Last summer I visited Tallinn few times, and the first time in my life I climbing to the tower of St. Olaf`s church where these photos have been taken. The view from 60 meter was breath taking, and will sure visit the tower again one day.

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St. Olaf’s church is the biggest medieval structure in Tallinn and I have always been told that in a clear weather you can see all the way to Helsinki from the top. Not so sure it is true, but who knows! The tower is almost 124 m high, but before you can see the amazing view, you need to climb 232 steps. And I can tell you, that tower is old, and not too much space in that tower, so if you have any signs of claustrophobia, this is not your place to be!

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This time I will be in Tallinn for three days, and the plan is to have no plans. I am taking camera with me, and I have few ideas where to go exploring, but let´s see. Like said, I have not seen my granny after last summer, so I want to spend time with her. But remember to follow me in Instagram, I´ll be posting to my story!

xoxo,

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Broken relationships

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In the beginning of this year I experienced heart braking brake up. The man who I though is the love of my life turned out to be everything else than the man I though he was. The brake up was not clean and easy, it was heavy, long and hurtful. It was one of the most painful things in my life, and I never expected things to go the way they did. Now our story is nothing more than a broken relationship and a collection of memories which I hope would not exists. That is how badly I got hurt. But now, half a year later, I am happy it went that way, and life has been to me very amazing.

Because I feel I am finally long way in the better side of the brake up, earlier this week I finally felt that I was ready to visit Museum of Broken relationships. It may sound strange to you, but for someone who has “fresh” broken relationship, it is not easy to go and experience this exhibition, and read all the heart braking stories. I am happy I went there, made me feel I am not alone here with this experience. And somehow I also felt after the visit that things could have gone even more bad, so I am in the end little lucky I guess.

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Museum of broken relationship is internationally toured exhibition build around failed relationships and donated personal belongings from those broken relationships. The permanent exhibition of Museum of Broken Relationships is in Zagreb Croatia and was conceptualized by Olinka Vištica and Dražen Grubišić in 2010. The exhibition has travelled around the world and first time arrived to Scandinavia this may, when Helsinki city museum opened the exhibition. You can etrance the museum for free, all the stories are also in English and the exhibition is here until 11.09.16, so you still have time to make a visit.

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The museum has more than 80 stories to tell about broken relationships, and each story is in its own way so beautiful. It gives so much to think and you learn in a short time how each relationship in this world is unique. And it is not only about stories from traditional “girlfriend-boyfriend” relationships, but also example broken relationships between family members, and endings because of death. There are so many different kind of relationships in this world, and each of them is a story. Small or big. When you enter to the museum you can borrow the book, read all the stories and then in the end you can decide if you want to leave the stories there, or take them with you with 5€. I left them there, as I think it is where they should be. Among people who needs to know these stories.

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The belongings in the museum vary from wedding dress to poster, and everything between. It is amazing to realize how each relationship has something that reminds the people in it about something so special, that nobody else can understand. And it is part of the magic of relationships I think, to have something only you two can understand. There was so many stories send to the museum that they could not take all of them to the exhibition, so you can read more stories from internet and also send your story there.

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This film canister and the story behind it was one of the most heard braking to me. The story is so beautiful, so sad..if you have no time for all the stories in the museum, just go and read at least this one.

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Not all the stories are presented same way and like said, all belongings are different. This painting and the story was presented nicely, don`t miss it, it is not easy to spot.

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A spectrum of a star – this story was so beautiful because it shows once again how thoughtful people are when in love.

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The museum does not have a traditional visitors` book – they have a book where you can write your brake up story. I almost felt to sit down, write and leave my brake up there. I was afraid to cry, would have needed a friend to sit next to me.

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City museum of Helsinki is beautiful, and I spotted so many nice details. Spend little time just wandering and watching. There is interesting design and interior choices. A lot details I could copy to my next home. And for sure a lot for children to do, so family friendly museum.

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I especially loved the colors and material choices in the museum – a lot soft tones and amazing color combinations.

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Today it is chilly, cloudy and little rainy, a perfect day for a museum visit maybe?

 

xoxo,

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Details of this travel tip

Museum of broken relationships 
City museum Helsinki / Helsingin kaupunginmuseo  (Aleksanterinkatu 16)
Mon – Fri 11:00 – 19:00, Sat – Sun 11:00 – 17.00

History and art

 
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I planned to write about August today; how a lot will change in my life the upcoming weeks, how there starts to be a turn from summer to autumn and how much I am waiting my big move (not counting, but 23 days left). Instead I decided that summer is not over, there is still a lot fun things to do before I go, and many of you have holiday still going on. So I will share another travel tip from Tallinn, hope you like art and history!

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What I like in Tallinn a lot is how widely you can see history there. The old town is  like a trip to medieval northern Europe, as the origins of the city is told to date back to the 13th century. But when you travel few kilometers away from the center of the old town you end up in a totally different place. In this place it feels like you would be walking in a imperial residence with Tsar Peter the Great of Russia in the beginning of 18th century. Kadriorg Palace is small Roman Baroque style tsars` palace in the beautiful Kadriorg Park, and the palace now a days is the home of Kadriorg Art Museum. The art museum is the only museum in Estonia devoted to foreign art with permanent and visiting exhibitions.

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I have visited the Kadriorg park numerous times in my life, as there is so much to see and do. I remember taking the tram to the park with my grandparents almost every summer when I was small and we were walking under the oak trees. In the park there is absolutely beautiful Swan Pond (how many wedding photos I have seen taken there?), the beautiful palace and its garden, the promenade leading to the presiden`s palace and his palace of course, as well as many other museums such as KUMU (the Estonian Art Museum). You can walk for hours in the park and it`s different parts, or you can just give a small visit and walk through it all the way to the seafront and visit the bronze monument Russalka Memorial. Either way, this is a must see place in Tallinn.

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We made a small visit to the art museum this time, enjoying the amazing combination of art and history. The permanent exhibition is nice, and at the moment there is exhibition Love. Motifs in Art from the 16th to the Early 20th Century until 21.08.2016, which I especially liked.

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How amazing is the decoration in the great hall of the palace?I could just stay hours there and look all the details. The stucco decorations in the main hall has Catherine’s initials.

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Two things I could take to my home straight away – white grand piano and huge fireplace.

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The main hall has a large ceiling painting illustrating the myth of Diana and Actaeon.

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I am not a big fun of colors, but I have to say that the bright blue walls were fantastic background for art.

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I could imagine a wedding or other party in the main hall. Isn’t it beautiful?

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The visiting exhibition Love is going on still few weeks. I especially liked how they described in in the text below; love is even stronger than death.

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The garden in front of the palace is actually super nice, I just run out of battery and this is the only photo I had time to take from it. So I guess you just have to go and check it out yourself. And you can take tram, the old looking one from the center to the park, easy I would say!

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From art and history I will now continue to work for the evening. I wish we all will have a lovely August, summer is not over yet!

xoxo,

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Details of this travel tip

Kadriorg palace // Kadrioru loss                                                                                                     August Weizenbergi tänav 37, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn                                        Opening hours vary, check it out here