Enjoying life in Spain

This weekend I was invited to join to my Spanish friend’s birthday party in Navacerrada, Madrid, Spain. Timing was good because the autumn season has arrived in Finland. It was still summer in Spain even the nights are getting chilly there. The daytime temperature was 25 and the sun was shining warmly,  that is definitely summer for me.

Madrid and Navacerrada are located so that I couldn’t do any SUP there. But I enjoy the visit in many other ways.

Navacerrada:

On Saturday we visited in La Granja and Segovia. La Granja de S. Ildefonso is a royal palace and Segovia is a really, really beautiful town both in north from Madrid. To get there from Navacerrada, a holiday village 50 km north from Madrid as well, was needed to drive up to one mountain and going down. In Segovia there is a magnicifient aqueduct built by ancient Romans. It is a beauty and impresses everybody.

In Segovia itself is a nice Spanish town with cafeterias and restaurants, we ate well at a very nice one and had a cup of coffee in Plaza Mayor. Also there are couple of great buildings to see and visit: Cathedral and Alcazar.

La Granja:

Segovia:

On Sunday I spend a day in Madrid and visited a park called Retiro. There is a nice artificial lake where you can hire a rowing boat to enjoy the view. (No SUP available). I really enjoyed the moment, the temperature was bit higher than in up to mountains.

Madrid:

P.S. The birthday party on Saturday night was an once in a lifetime experience.  House and location were so beautifull, food was excellent, music was good, dancing was so fun and people made me feel so welcome. Thank you Paz and Federico for the party!

Another waterfall in Nice

Waterfalls are wonderful. There is one in the middle of the Nice city, on on top of the hill with a great view. You do not need take a bus to get there, just walking and climbing is needed and while doing that there is nice alleys and churches to see and visit.

 

In Eze village and on the Eze beach

Visiting in Eze village was on a to-do-list also this year, it is a nice place and also going there is a small trip itself.  This summer we have taken buses a lot instead of taking trains mostly because we discovered that they are nice (you see different places) and easy (our hotel is actually located near to many bus stops), and last but not least we bought a seven day pass for Lignes D’azur lines so local buses are ‘free’.

Number 82 took us direct to Eze village and we climbed in a hot weather to the most top where the view is magnificent.  Tuomas took a lot of photos when climbing up and on the top as well. It was real hot so the next stop was on the Eze beach. We took a bus number 83 to Eze railway station which is located near to the beach.  There were a lot of people on the beach enjoying the Sunday sun and warm water.

I rented a SUP board but this time I enjoyed even more swimming in the warm sea.  I also realized that Finland is actually very good place for SUP.  There are different kind of rivers, lakes and sea coasts with variety of landscapes and water birds.  You can really enjoy the SUP trip, not just concentrating on keeping standing on the SUP board going up and down on (monster) waves.

Waterfall in Nice (Cascade de Gairaut)

Near but in a way far away from Nice is an old touristic attraction place: a tyrol type house with waterfall. It is build in 1883 and is very cute as your can see in photos.  The place itself was cool due to waterfall and the cave under the house. But the trip was hot, and it was turning to become almost too hot.

We took a bus number 25 from the Nice center to the direction Cernuschi to get to the Cascade de Gairaut.  This bus goes just once an hour on Saturdays. The ride was very bumby and the road was climbing up and down in the mountains. It was ok, and good way to see places round the city, the bus trip took about one hour.  Then we took off, admired the scene, took the pictures and enjoyed the coolness around the place.  Then we started to wait the bus to go back to the city.  It was really, really hot to stand in the bus stop (+32, no wind, no shadow). After ten minutes we saw the bus coming, we waved to stop it and the driver waved back and just drove ahead. The bus was not definitely fully booked. We saw no-one inside.

What the #¤%&/&¤! It is hot here, do we need to stay here an hour more!!!!! A small village road,in the middle of nowhere. The sun is shining, it will burn us, it will kill us!!

After thinking two seconds we decided to change the direction and go to the bus directing Cernuschi to get in to that bus because it should come sooner than the next one to heading towards Nice.  And it came in another 10 minutes and it stopped and we were so happy about that.  We were rescued!

In the end what happened was that in a few minutes we landed in a very urban place and realized that there is a tram stop front of us. Quick checkup from the bus driver “yes, the tram stop is on the left”, “merci!” very fast act of leaving the bus and walking to the tram stop.

So thank you the first bus driver for not taking us to the bus.  We were much faster back to the Nice city with the new route.

A day trip in a beautiful island of Sainte Marguerite (Cannes)

At the moment in Finland it is raining and having a cold July.  But it does not matter if you are in sunny French Riviera.  And we are. Smiling. Smiling. Yesterday we took a train to Cannes to make a small boat trip to the historical island called Sainte Marguerite.  Crossing the sea to the island took about 15 minutes, which was a nice refreshing moment in a sea wind when a temperature is +32 and the sun is shining in a sky where is no clouds at all.

After a short but very nice boat trip we arrived in the island.  Travel guides tell that the island is an old monastery island and it is a quiet place to have relaxing moment away from the hectic urban atmosphere.  It is. And at the same time it also well organized with two restaurants and several small kiosks so you can easy find soft drinks and ice cream when needed.  And you need those in that kind of heat.

In the island you can walk around and see different kind of forestry types and different kind of birds on the artificial pond. Only bad thing was that it was really, really hot for a walk and you really enjoyed to stand under the trees to be in shadows but the trees were magnificent indeed.

We visited also in a Fort royal and Maritime museum, which was a reasonable size of museum having an interesting collection of roman archaeological findings from the area and also interesting stories from the 17th century when the island was a prison for the people which the king himself felt to be a risk for the monarchy.  The most famous prisoner was the Man in the Iron mask.

The island was definitely worth of visiting. The cost of boat trip was 14 euros per person and every needed fanta and ice cream was fun to eat and drink anyway.

Vesille Helsingissä: Vallisaari

Lauantaiaamun suppailun jälkeen keli jatkui herkullisen kesäisenä, niin teki mieli vielä retkeillä veden äärellä.  Vallisaari Helsingin edustalla, Suomenlinnan takana, on juuri avautunut vierailijoille, joten se oli uusi, kiinnostava kohde.  Moni muukin ajatteli samaa.  Lipunmyynti Kauppatorilla (JT-line), Kolera-altaalla, oli lähinnä kaaos: lipunostojono ja vesibussiin menojono olivat yksi ameeba, ja kaikenkukkuraksi lippuja sai myös alukselta, joten loppupeleissä lippuja jonottaneita jäi laivalta ja suoraansisäänkävelijöitä kaahasi ohi.  Itse olimme hyvissä ajoin, joten saimme sekä liput että kannelta istumapaikat. Yhtiö kyllä paikkasi hyvin asiaa saamalla extra-aluksen liikkeelle heti perään. Pisteet siitä.

Aurinkoisella menomatkalla 20 min merimatka oli oikein mukava ja virkistävä. Turistihengessä katselimme merellisiä nähtävyyksiä: rakennuksia, laivoja, veneitä, pikkusaaria ja myös Suomenlinnaa. Perille saapuessamme takaisin lähtijöiden jono oli huikea, suosittu on nyt Vallisaari.

Vallisaari oli mukava kävellä, hyvät kävelytiet ja opasteet, siistiä ja jotenkin karua, luonnontilaista.  Huomaa, ettei ole vielä massat liikkuneet.  Roskatonta, vihreää ja vehreää.

Torpedolahdessa oli kahvilana söötti laiva, josta sai törkeänhintaisia vohveleita (12€) , mutta olivat kyllä törkeä hyviäkin! Kävijä- ja vohveliostajamäärät yllättivät myös kahvilanpitäjät, jotkut vohvelimaut pääsivät loppumaan.  Torpedolahden jälkeen pääsi vallia pitkin Kuninkaansaaren puolelle, tällä alueella kukkivat runsaina ja kauniina villiorvokit ja metsämansikat. Kaunista oli.

Entisenä puolustusvoimien alueena alueella on vanhoja, jo ränsistyneitä rakennuksia, joiden aikaisempia käyttötarkoituksia voi vain arvailla.  Satamasta kallion sisään kulkevat kiskot kertovat jotain tarinaa.

Sää pilvistyi hieman ja takaisin mennessä tuulikin jo niin, että teki mieli kietoutua takkiin ja kaulahuiviin, mutta sekin on mukavaa merellisyyttä. Rannasssa odotti sitten toisenlainen tunnelma, ravintolapäivä oli vallannut Esplanadin, ja pääsi nauttimaan ihmisvilinästä ja kansainvälisistä herkuista ja tuoksuista.  Mikä ihana kesäpäivä.

Copenhagen by the sea

Today no SUP but a canal tour (www.stromma.dk) in a sunny Copenhagen. And one cava in Nyhavn afterwards. Just perfect!

Kävelyllä

Jos ei vielä pääse suppaamaan Matildanjärvelle, niin voihan sen ympäri kävellä.  Keväisiä, mutta harmaita kuvia tämänpäiväisestä kävelyretkestä.

 

 

Latokartanon koski

No, kun Rouva Suppaa niin on kiva tehdä jotain muuta kuin vain nököttää joen varrella. Tällä kertaa kävin (jälleen kerran) kuvaamassa Latokartanon koskea. Se on hieno paikka. Jos vain osaisi saada sen hienouden tallelle kuviin. Okei – se on ollut paikallaan jo muutama sataa vuotta joten onhan tässä ollut aikaa.