tiistai 31. tammikuuta 2017

to Go to Stay - Frankfurt? Yes.

Frankfurt, so busy.

No, this is not the new in bar in Westend.
It is a lawyers' office turned into art exhibition hall,
including free drinks.

Our friend Lisa, a busy instagrammer herself,
organized with her friend Sylvia an exhibition 
showing photographs and paintings of the city of Frankfurt.

The invitation said:
"Zu sehen sind Arbeiten im Kontext momenthafter Urbanität."

Journal Frankfurt wrote:

Werke von Instagrammern, die die schwierige Aufgabe hatten, 
nur eine ihrer Aufnahmen für die Schau bereitzustellen, mischen sich 
mit Fotografien von Ralf Werner und Claudia Sylter. 

Oderazzi says:

A very versatile and good exhibition, 
interesting views over the "Mainhattan".

For further visits please contact Lisa:

My Eastern Frankfurt looks like this at the moment,
the building site at the "Sudfass" corner is getting there,
sooner or later.
I just wish that the walkway will soon be opened again,
it's a bit irritating to cross twice the busy street 
in order to get to the bridge on your side of the street.

There are plenty or reasons to stay in Frankfurt,
i.e. Pasta Davini, 
the greatest Italian restaurant serving specialities from Tuscany.
They surely not are stingy when topping your
carbonara with parmegiano!
And the egg was mixed into the noodles at the table as well.

Click here for further details
(it seems that they concentrate on cooking, 
not on updating internet sites):

This year's unusually cold January inspired us to eat raclette.
Definitely another reason to stay in Frankfurt: good friends!
Thanks Miss Sophie for inviting.


perjantai 27. tammikuuta 2017

Wackeldackel in der Kitschwelt

Frankfurt has a very long tradition 
as the city of all kinds of fairs.
Christmas World is on now.

This is a special exhibition.

Jeff Koons copy dog?

Itschykitschy birdie.

Materia which use be used as Christmas tree decoration
is now forming a rabbit. Wow.

Of course your Christmas tree this year is going to be white.
How else would you have white Christmas?

Even the Elephants celebrate Christmas ... well, yes.

Comeback of the Wackledackel.
In pink, indeed.
Nodding dog.

Finnisch für Anfänger :

NÖYKKYKOIRA = Wackeldackel / nodding dog 

A bobblehead, also known as a nodder, wobbler or bobble head, 
is a type of collectible toy. Its head is often oversized compared to its body. 
Instead of a solid connection, its head is connected to the body 
by a spring or hook in such a way that a light tap 
will cause the head to bobble, hence the name.

Let's see what kind of crap we'll find in the parallel fairs:


keskiviikko 25. tammikuuta 2017

Grüne Woche blau weiss


This year you'll see Finland everywhere,
this 100 years old little country wants to show
how GREAT it is.
Therefore, this year the Finnish stand at the Grüne Woche fair
is bigger than in the earlier years.

Kimmo Tiilikainen, Minister of Agriculture and Environment
officially opened the Finnish stand on Friday, 20.1.17
Ceremony was overlooked by his Majesty Mr. JOULUPUKKI.

Taste Finland.

Have another try.
Mostly those snacks were fish, so no comment on that.

Rye bread is the new national dish of Finland.
And sooooo healthy, also without fish.

Close to 50,000 votes were casted in the vote 
for the national food of Finland. 
Rye bread was a clear winner by almost 10,000 votes. 
It was also the definite favourite of voters under 30. 
Other young people’s favourites included Karelian pasties, 
while those over 60 picked Karelian hot pot 
and fried vendace or Baltic herring with mashed potatoes 
as their ultimate Finnish dish. 
Bilberry pie was the favourite dessert of voters of all ages.

Finnisch für Anfänger:

MUSTIKKAPIIRAKKA = Blaubeer-Tarte / bilberry pie


Netta Skog is the name of this talented musician,
whose speciality is metal music by digital accordion.

Worth filming this Netta!

More snacks, more fish.

Check check check ... what's up?

German Minister of Food and Agriculture 
Mr. Christian Schmidt came boozing
and meeting his Finnish colleague.

Happy campers here as well:
Kim Palhus and Pekka Kääriäinen,
food and beer in perfect combination.

The newcomer this year is the strong 10% dark beer
with the blue and white etiquette.

Pähkinänruskea, samea, täyteläinen, keskiasteisesti humaloitu, 
mallasleipäinen, kuivahedelmäinen, paahteinen, mausteinen, lämmin 

Pekka's brewery Bryggeri has been a real success ... until ...
the Finnish customs started to treathen with horrendous tax payments.

Tulli haluaa kaataa pienpanimoita:

Yes, Bryggeri has English pages as well:

The Finns, they just love healthy food.
And they have humor!

Also the package design is ultra modern.

Sucrose? Wikipedia explains:

Sucrose is a common, naturally occurring saccharide 
found in many plants and plant parts. 
Saccharose is an obsolete name for sugars in general, 
especially sucrose. The molecule is a disaccharide combination 
of the monosaccharides glucose and fructose with the formula C12H22O11.

Sucrose is often extracted and refined 
from either cane or beet sugar for human consumption. 
Modern industrial sugar refinement processes often 
involve bleaching and crystallization, producing a white, 
odorless, crystalline powder with a sweet taste of pure sucrose, 
devoid of vitamins and minerals. This refined form of sucrose 
is commonly referred to as table sugar or just sugar. 

Whenever in Berlin I try to meet Marion,
she works in the Finland Institute in Berlin
and is such an inspiring personality.
As Mr. Joulupukki had nothing better to do
I asked him to join us for the pic.

Nowadays Finns are specialized in producing alcohol
(not just drinking it, so that is some good news!)
And again, special effort is taken on design.

This date vodka is meant for Israeli market,
it is Koscher, and note the decoration: 24 karat gold!
I did not ask for the price.

Question of the day: what is this?

Wikipedia helps again:

Emmer wheat, 
also known as farro especially in Italy, 
or hulled wheat, is a type of awned wheat. 

Along with Einkorn wheat, Emmer was one of the first crops 
domesticated in the Near East. It was widely cultivated 
in the ancient world, but is now a relict crop 
in mountainous regions of Europe and Asia.

A relict crop? Well, not in Finland, as you can see.
Online shop here:

New brochures for the German markets,
well done Visit Finland.

Am sure that many people still wonder
how clean the Finnish nature really is,
even though Tsjernobyl happened more than 30 years ago.
There is a lot of convince work to be done
in order to sell those great products in Europe.

As a SISU-radio journalist I was invited for a dinner
to the Finnish Embassy in Berlin,
the buffet was opened by Ambassador Koukku-Ronde.
The Embassy is decorated this year
with those blue and white comics, showing faces.

Click here and create your own blue and white Finnish face:

maanantai 23. tammikuuta 2017

Water - ice - art - Grüne Woche

This week Majorca has suffered from heavy rains and flooding.
I had my private flooding experience in Frankfurt.

Quite beautiful ice sculptures in the garden.
But how come ...?

Well, the garden gadget was not able to hold the water pressure anymore,
the faucet had not been fixed, so there was a little fountain.

Forming funny ice sculptures of hortensias.

Pretty indeed.

It's fantasy, isn't it.

Nature art.

Even with colours.

Quite on contrary to this Asian snack bar seen in Berlin!
All plastic, but colorful, indeed.

This also seen in Berlin, in a fancy, scandinavian design shop.
I could get rich  ...  if I started selling my tillandsias, 
here in the shop they charge 5€ for a tiny plant.

This is on e of my numerous tillandsias in our cottage garden.
They bloom in May, or so. In Majorca.

Back to Berlin, in the "Grüne Woche" exhibition
there is also a huge hall showing flowers and plants.

To remind us of spring colours.

University also had their own stand.


And the question is:
is this meant to be buried or you leave it in your garden???
Or you buy it as a garden decoration or as a bench, 
and when your time has come, down you go?
Modern funeral design. In Berlin, where else.

Unknown beauties.

Grüne Woche still going on until Sunday.

Die Internationale Grüne Woche 2016 in Zahlen

Bruttofläche (m²): 118.000
Aussteller gesamt:1.550; 
davon 523 internationale Aussteller aus 65 Ländern
Besucher gesamt: 380.000; davon Fachbesucher: 85.500

In my next posting I'll reveal the looks of the Finnish stand.