Haapsalu Railway Station

Estonian Railway Museum

Estonian Railway and Communications Museum is located in Haapsalu. The Museum is in the old railway station building. The building was completed in 1906 and the station opened in 1907. Wooden building has over 214 meters of covered platform. Building is full of beautiful wooden ornaments. The station is playing an old steam locomotive sounds for visitors. The museum has a handcar and the old train schedules. The station was also recently featured in the movie Miekkailjia. Even though it is an old railway station, there are rails only the length of the station. There are old locomotives and steam engines on the rails.

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Haapsalu A Bed Of Reeds

Haapsalu – Beautiful Estonia

As a Finn I’ve always considered Finland as the most beautiful country on summer. But summerly Finland got a challenger from the south: beauful Estonia. Estonia, or Tallinn for a Finn, has always been the southern part of Helsinki, from which I buy alcoholic beverages. Not because they are cheap there, but because they are ridiculously expensive in Finland. So far my experiences with Estonia have been limited to the city of Tallinn. Luckily life carried me off the tourist tracks of Tallinn for an adventure in western Estonia, Haapsalu.

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Antwerpen, Belgium

Day Trip to Antwerpen

Day Trip to Antwerpen took place in beautiful weather. This was my first time in Belgium. Travelling from Netherlands to Belgium is like travelling from city to city. No border customs or anything which would have revealed that we arrived in Belgium. Nonresident does not notice differences in the cityscape between these countries.

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Madurodam Miniature Holland in Den Haag

Madurodam

Madurodam is one of the most popular attractions in The Hague. A large open-air park contains a huge amount of The Netherlands in miniature size. The park is located near to the Scheveningen Beach. The park has almost all of the Dutch must-see attractions; Port of Rotterdam, Shiphol Airport, Tulip fields, Windmills, Cheese factories, Cathedrals, Castles, Wooden Clogs, Canals, Binnenhof, Streets of Amsterdam, International Peace Palace and many many more…

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Holi Festival 2015 Den Haag

Holi Festival

Holi Festival is also known as the festival of colors and the festival of love. The festival is celebrated in the spring It’s origin is in India and Hindu religion, but today also many non-Hindus celebrate it. There are a lot of people from India in The Hague. 15th of March people gathered at Schalk Burgerplein to celebrate the spring. A loud parade lead by a truck with speakers and singers circled the local neighbourhood for couple of hours.

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Laurenskerk reflection on Markthal windows

A Quick Visit to Rotterdam

City of Rotterdam is slighty larger than The Hague when measured by population. Area of the city is much larger including the huge Port of Rotterdam. Public transport and trains are pretty decent in Netherlands. Train ride from The Hague to Rotterdam is quick and cheap. It takes about 20 minutes and costs around 5 euros (oneway). Also trains run pretty frequently. City of Delft is located between The Hague and Rotterdam. I’ve heard that Delft is also worth a visit.

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Chinese New Year 2015 Dragon Watches Fireworks

China Town Den Haag – Chinese New Year 2015

Chinese New Year Festival celebration in The Hague 21st of February 2015. Dragon costumes, colorful decorations and constant music playing across the city center. Chinese parade of dragon costumes and musicians circled the center for several hours, stopping from time to time in order to give a show for the crowds. Dragons danced, drummers drummed and fireworks exploded! People seemed to have a good time. Most of the people (including I) watched the festival through smartphones (or lens) most of the time. There was also a small chinese foods and souvenirs market with a band playing. All in all it was a colorful and nice day in the Hague center.

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Malakkastraat

From My Home Street to The Hague Beach

Malakkastraat – My Home Street

My current living quarters in The Hague are located at Malakkastraat in the Archipelbuurt district. It’s a quiet neighborhood without shopping streets, but still within a 15 minutes walk from the City Center. Almost at backyard is a nice park or forest named Scheveningse Bosjes (Woods). Great place to jog and walk your dog. Wherever you walk the canals as a signposts. I took some photos from the surrounding streets and parks, enjoy.

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The City of Peace and Justice

The Hague is not the constitutional capital of The Netherlands (it’s Amsterdam). But it is the home of The Dutch Government, Parliament, Supreme Court, Council of State, Embassies, International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court plus a ton of different EU agencies. One of the biggest sights to see is Binnenhof, which is next to a small pond called Hofvijver. Binnenhof is a Gothic castle built in the 13th century. Pictures of The Binnenhof and Hofvijver right below.

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I amsterdam

First things first – Amsterdam

The must have tourist photo in front of the I amsterdam.

After arriving Schiphol Airport we took the Bus 197 (ticket 5€) near to Vondelpark.  Our Hotel (Hotel City Garden Amsterdam) was very cozy and in a walking distance from the city center. Special delight was for the excellent breakfast. Due our quick stoping (2 nights) at Amsterdam we decided to walk around the city and get the feeling of it.

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