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Rummu Estonia Prison Beach

Rummu Underwater Prison in Estonia

Rummu’s abandoned underwater prison and quarry is located about 40 kilometers west from Tallinn. Rummu is a small town in Estonia, that hides a blue clear water lagoon. Water is cold like the ruins of the prison. This magical place is perfect for swimming and scuba diving on a sunny summer day. Every summer more and more turists discover the beach and it truly is a must visit location in Tallinn.

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Ungru Manor Castle Ruins

Ungru Manor Ruins in Estonia

Ungru Manor castle ruins are an impressive sight. Massive ruins can be easily spotted from the road next to it. It is just over an hour drive from Tallinn. The Manor was founded in 1523 and build from local materials under the supervision of an Estonian master builders A. Saar, E. Schwartz, and P. Shubaneyev. You can read more of the Ungru Manor’s history below in one of the pictures of the information board. Estonia is a country with a long history. The land is full of similar old castles, monasteries and fortresses.

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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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Keukenhof

Keukenhof is one of the most famous landmarks in the Netherlands. It is The Garden of Europe, full of tulips, orchids, hyacinhts, and hundreds of other different varieties of flowers. On every summer weekend huge masses of people begin to trundle towards the Keukenhof. Cars and busses are blocking all roads leading to Keukenhof for several kilometers. Thousands of tourists from around the world will arrive on the spot to admire the floral arrangements.

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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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Six birds captured with one click

Clingendael Estate and Duinbos Park

Clingendael estate and the surrounding parks are easily my favourite places to visit on a sunny day. Because its location in the center of The Hague, it is an excellent place to visit on a beautiful day. It also covers a pretty large area, especially if you include Oosterbeek. Clingendael estate is currently the home of The Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael or Clingendael Institute. This Clingendael isn’t old industrial area like the Finnish Klingendahl in city of Tampere.

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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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