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Charles Bridge - Prague, Czech Republic

 
One thing you can't miss when you're in Prague is Charles Bridge.
 
I mean literally, you CAN'T miss it since it's such a central part of the city connecting Staré Město and Malá Strana over the river Vltava. The bridge was built in 1357 (moment to process that please!) and is still used every day. Everyone that knows me know that I'm a huge sucker for old architecture, and I just adored this bridge.
 
 
 
We crossed Charles Bridge every day during our five days stay in Prague, and I think it's one of the most visited places (and the most famous tourist attraction) in Prague, meaning a lot of people in motion all of the time. I don't like when historical places get touristy and crowded and decided to head out to the bridge at 6 am one morning with my dad and we experienced the bridge a lot more majestic than during the day. If it's unclear, the two pictures above are captured at 6 am, and the pictures below are captured sometime during the day. Just a smaaaaall difference in the number of people ;)
 
 
 
Quick facts about Charles Bridge
 
Name: Karlův most
Built: 1357 (opened 1402)
Entrance fee: No entrance fee
Location: Karlův most, Prague
 
My rating: 
★★★/★★★★★
 
 
 
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Fotomässan & Explore 2018 - Stockholm, Sweden

 
Yesterday I took the morning off work to go and nerd in my two favourite things: photography and exploring the world.
 
Fotomässan (= photography fair) and Explore Outdoors are two big fairs in Sweden, and this year they decided to have both of them combined in Stockholm and I think no one was happier than me when I heard the news. Especially since I won one ticket to the fair at Stockholm Photo Marathon last year which meant that I didn't even have to pay the entrance fee, haha!
 
I spent four hours roaming around the stalls, trying out camera equipment, listening to lectures from both photographers and adventures and signing up for pretty much every competition available. So can we all have our fingers crossed that I win a trip to hike the Inca Trail or climbing to base camp at Mount Everest? ;) I also got a t-shirt as an early bird gift for signing up to Stockholm Photo Marathon 2018 and brought home a bunch of magazines to scroll in and dream about beautiful destinations I would like to visit.
 
If you are in Stockholm this weekend - go and visit Fotomässan and Explore!
 
 
 
Quick facts about Fotomässan and Explore
 
Name: Fotomässan & Explore (formerly known as "Vildmarksmässan")
What: A fair with hundreds of stalls with photography and outdoor activities around the world. New lectures with inspiring subjects every hour.
Location: Stockholmsmässan, Mässvägen 1, Älvsjö
Opening hours: Friday 9/3 (10am-7pm), Saturday 10/3 (10am-6pm) & Sunday 11/3 (10am-6pm)
Price: 165 SEK online, 190 SEK at the door. Only one entrance ticket needed for both fairs.
 
My rating: 
★★★★★/★★★★★
 
 

Helsinki Cathedral - Helsinki, Finland

 
 
 Helsinki Cathedral is such a distinctive part of the Helsinki cityscape.
 
Just google Helsinki and you find this majestic building in pretty much every picture. It is also one of Helsinki's most visited buildings with almost 350 000 visitors annually. The cathedral, who is called Helsingin tuomiokirkko in Finnish, was completed in 1852 and is still used regularly for religious services and weddings and has the compacity of 1300 people.
 
The white exterior with the green domes really appeals to me, but I have to admit that the interior wasn't blowing me away. I think I had imagined the interior to be a little bit more like St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, so I was surprised that everything was pretty simple and white. Although, I can just imagine how pretty it must be to get married in here! I've worked as a wedding photographer and can with experience say that it would be easy shooting beautiful and bright wedding photos in this environment ;)
 
Read more about my trip to Helsinki
 
 
 
 
 
Quick facts about Helsinki Cathedral
 
Name: Helsingin tuomiokirkko
Opened: 1852
Visitors: 350 000 annually
Entrance fee: No entrance fee
Location: Unioninkatu 29, Helsinki
Opening hours: Open daily 9 am–6 pm, June–August 9 am–midnight. Sightseeing visits are not possible during church ceremonies.
 
My rating: 
★★★/★★★★★
 
 
 
 
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