A weekend in Lidingö

Its mid-February, but it feels like end of March. This is every Finns dream, that spring would start a few months earlier. Where it not for climate change, I would probably be extatic. I spent this weekend in Lidingö, which is one of the islands in the Stockholm county. Its generally known for its large villas and beautiful views to the Stockholm archipelago – a dream to live in provided you have a car and don’t mind spending a few hours a day in traffic. I spent the weekend on the island visiting a friend, enjoying culture and food. Here are the best parts.

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A day in McLaren Vale

It feels long since we were in Australia – a whole three weeks have passed since we landed in Stockholm, and judging by the weather, I think I need anoter vacation soon. Snow is falling so fast that even the Swedes and Finns cant handle it. I am sitting at the airport, waiting for a flight that may never take off. You would think here in the Nordics we would be better prepared, but apparrently not. But turning my gaze back to our trip to Australia, there are a few more topics I would like to cover in the coming weeks, one of them is off course about our day in the wine country. McLaren Vale is about an hours drive from Adelaide. Continue reading “A day in McLaren Vale”

Made in Adelaide Hills

I have been sitting on this post for three weeks now. I just haven’t gotten it out. Two reasons: number one is time, and number two is perfectionism. I wanted it to be good, because Adelaide Hills was soooo good. It deserved a good post. Yes, time was my worst enemy, and I think perfection can wait until next time. Good enough is what rules today. Adelaide Hills is a cute area next to Adelaide city with vineyards, little towns and a wildlife reserve. Continue reading “Made in Adelaide Hills”

Deep in the Daintree – What to do in Cairns vol.2

I know it’s been a while since I have posted on wine, but no worries, after this trip to the Daintree we will move on to Adelaide and the surrounding wine regions. Exciting! I just thought it was worth posting these nice pictures from the rainforest. In addition, there are some foody delights from the jungle that deserve a mention. How does lunch in the middle of the jungle sound? Or rainforest ice cream? For entering the Daintree, we used a small tour company called Discovery Tours Australia. We left from Cairns in the morning, and returned the same evening. Continue reading “Deep in the Daintree – What to do in Cairns vol.2”

Things to do in Cairns vol 1.

You might have noticed my posting schedule has been a bit distracted. One word – holiday! I don’t even know what day of the week it is and that’s great. For the past week, we have been in Adelaide, in South Australia. However, before that, we spent a week up north in Cairns, the tropical part of Australia: Great Barrier Reef, rain forest, beaches, the works. What they don’t have up there is good food and wine. It just amazes me. Queensland has a lot of great produce and farming, however somehow, the tourist towns don’t seem to get their share of it. We survived a week with take out and half-decent Japanese food, but my God we are glad to be in a proper city again. However, it was still great to be up in Cairns and we did some very awesome outdoorsy stuff. And here is a post on one great day: a sailing trip to Green Island.  Continue reading “Things to do in Cairns vol 1.”

Photography Walk in Sydney

I guess I should call this a good holiday, since I have not touched my computer in over a week. We have been spending Christmas week on the beach in Cairn, and done some nice day trips which I will write about later on. However, I feel it was time to post some pictures from Sydney. I actually found the city quite intriguing – much similarity to London and the UK (not a surprise), but also New York, or East Coast US at least and Singapore. Such an unusual mix, but so obvious. I did a photography walk one morning, starting at 6 and ending around 9 am. I am actually quite pleased with the route and what I got out of it, so I thought it would be nice to share it with you. Continue reading “Photography Walk in Sydney”

Tasting Australian Natural Wines is Sydney

I am so jetlagged. It’s been three days here in Sydney, half way through our stay in the biggest city of Australia, and I am having issues sleeping when I am supposed to be sleeping. But I guess it’s true what they say that it takes about a week to really get used to the time difference. The positive thing is that I have been awake in the evenings, so we have had the chance to enjoy the city’s wine bars. As usual, we come well prepared due to the extensive research conducted (solely) by M, and we have found awesome places. So as I am waiting for my brain to adjust, I will share with you some recommendations. I have focused mostly on Australian natural wines. Continue reading “Tasting Australian Natural Wines is Sydney”

Head Start to Christmas in Porvoo

This post is a tribute to my friends at Tripsteri. I have to admit that they are behind all this good work. However, I could not help my self but to post some of these tips here prior to Christmas. Porvoo is a small historical town in Finland, around 30 minutes drive from Helsinki. Its a very old village with lots of history, beautiful wooden buildings, and surprise surprise, a wonderful restaurant scene. Here are a few tips to the Porvoo food scene, compliments of Siru, Paula and Tuulia, my lovely colleagues at Tripsteri. Continue reading “Head Start to Christmas in Porvoo”

Winelover in Lisbon

In my mind, Portuguese wines are wildly underrated. It is not straightforward as to why, however, I suspect it has something to do with how well the winemakers of the country have been at marketing their wines. In Portugal, it seems that many producers are small, and lack the language skills to market abroad. And why should you, if you can sell your whole production to your neighbors. It provides a decent life. I found Portuguese wines about five years ago, when we started importing them to Sweden, and a visit to Douro Valley rocked my world. It is one of the most beautiful wine regions I have ever visited. Additionally, there are some nice fresh trends in Portugal towards natural wines, so I thought I would share with you a little manual to finding good wines when you are in Lisbon.  Continue reading “Winelover in Lisbon”

Fun Facts about Lisbon

While I am gearing up for a series of wine posts on Lisbon, I will start light, with some general information and quick photos on the city. The truth being, I have around 3500 photos, that will take a while to edit before I can write about anything deeper. However, I think it’s quite fun starting with the basics, because, there are things about Lisbon, that I barely before knew. Continue reading “Fun Facts about Lisbon”