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2016 Summer trip to Italy

August 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Me and my wife Minna did our summer trip of 2016 to Northern Italy.

We flew to Milan, and for there traveled by train to Monterosso (Cinque Terre region), Florence, Venice and back to Milan, and then flew back home. We staye 2 nights at each place and traveled 10 days in total. I took 2000 pictures, and have placed them online into this gallery, organized into sub-galleries by each day:


From Milano we continued to Monterosso by train and stopped at Genova.  


At Monterosso we stayed 2 nights. On Sunday we hiked part on the blue trail over the mountains to the next village. Then we went by train to all the other 5 Terre villages.


Then on Monday we continued to Firenze, and stopped at La Spezia and Pisa.


On Tuesday we took two guided tours and saw all the most famous places of Firenze.


Then on Wednesday we took the fast train to Venezia.


On Thursday we toured the main island and also visited Murano.


On Friday we took the fast train back to Milano.


On Saturday we went to see the Milano cathedral, and museums.


On Sunday we flew back home.

Photos from Maldives scuba diving safari 2016

February 26, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

I just returned from Maldives where I spent 2 weeks on  scuba diving safari. The trip started 8th Feb  2016 and ended Feb 21st.

We did it on Werner Lau company's MY Sheena as a live-aboard type of excursion. The cruise started from the Meemu Atoll at Medhufushi island, and from there we sailed south all the way to Gaafu atoll near equator though the Thaa and Laamu atolls. We did on average 3 dives per day and in total 35 dives. Most of these where channel or "kandu" dives in rough currents and the objective was to see sharks, rays and other big fish. On the trip I had a Canon 7D camera for stills photography and a Gopro Hero 4 Silver for shooting HD videos.

The "official" trip log by our dive guides Alec & Tore can be found from here: http://www.wernerlau.com/sheena/logbook.html,  by selecting our trip date 07.02.2016 - 27.02.2016

The pictures and videos will gradually appear into this gallery: 


The scuba dive technical logs can be found from here:


The gallery slide show below shows a first collection of pictures from the trip:

Photos from New Zealand

January 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

Once we got to New Zealand, I discovered that the Internet connection to the "outside world" was quite thin. The bandwidth to Zenfolio servers and to basically anywhere outside NZ was so poor, that it made no sense to upload photos or anything from NZ. A couple of Facebook posts every now and then was occationally possible. On the way back home we stopped at Hong Kong for a few days.

So only when I got back home to Finland, I was able to sort out the photos and upload them to Zenfolio. In total there are about 5000 picture and videos.

Daily photos are now here in this group, sorted by Country and then by each day:


And a small selection of pictures from NZ:


2015-12-20 Tokyo, 2nd day

December 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

We slept like logs, being so tiered from two days without proper sleep and the jet lag of +7 hour time zone difference. Only the alarm clock at 9 AM woke me up. The curtain was closed, so when I tried to open it to see outside, Minna got really upset for me putting on such a bright light. But that bright light was the sun :-)

We quickly went to have the hotel breakfast, which wasn't included in price, but could be had for a discounted price if you buy tickets from the reception. 

First we went to see the Ueno district by subway. The park and the zoo, shrine north of the station. At the zoo we saw Panda and Polar bears.

Then the shopping streets south. Then we continued with the subway to Asakusa to see the Sensoji Kannon Temple. Then by subway to the Skytree building, the 2nd tallest in the world. Again we saw the city light from hih above, but this time it was from 250 meters, and you can see really far. The city is endless.

Then the last thing to see was the Harajuku fashion district, which required a 30 minute subway trip across the city. On the Harajuku main street and the Takeshita St. you can see all the latest fashions in clothing. Then it was time for a dinner and back to hotel. Next afternoon the journey continues...

Gallery from the entire 2nd day at Tokyo:

2015-12-19 First day at Tokyo

December 20, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

We left from Helsinki on the Finnair flight AY073 to Tokyo Narita. It was really busy to days before leaving, and for Minna it was especially hard, as she had to do a lot of work before leaving. Actually missing last night's sleep almost completely and fixing crashed IT systems to the very last minute before leaving to the airport.

Finally on the Friday (18th Dec 2015) afternoon we managed to get into the Finnair business lounge to start off the journey with glasses of sparkling wine.

The flight to Tokyo was uneventful. Being so tiered, we slept though most of it and arrived to Tokyo Narita at scheduled time on Saturday morning 9 AM local time. Luggage arrived promptly and we cleared immigration and customs quickly. Then we bought tickets to the Skyliner train with 2 days Tokyo subway. It wasn't immediately clear where to get the tickets, but by asking around it didn't take that much time. The tickets cost 5100 Yen per person, and the biggest surprise was that you could not by them with credit card, cash only. The Skyliner train was comfortable and took us to Ueno station in less than an hour.  Outside it was sunny, 11 degrees. Then at Ueno station we took the subway Hibiya line to Akihibara, where I had reserved hotel Remm Akihibara from booking.com. We arrived just before noon, but the checkin time was actually 3 PM. But as a special favour, we got our room early without extra charge. The room was nice, modern and very clean, but also quite tiny. But we intended only sleep there, so good enough for our purposes. The location was very convenient, as it was quite easy to reach from the airport, but excellent for also going anywhere in the city by the subway.

On the first day we went to see the Ginza area, then Roppongi district, and finally see the night views of the city from the Tokyo tower. Then back to hotel for a dinner at a Korean restaurant and a long overdue overnight sleep.

Here is the complete gallery of the 1st day pictures:

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