Tag Archives: travel

What’s Your Name Again?

visit, finland, name generator

The Official Travel Site of Finland- VisitFinland.com has created a name generator for you finnophiles out there. Just type in your name and you can get your very own Finnish name! Oddly, a lot of Finns have found this very entertaining as per witnessed by my Twitter-feed and being easily influenced, I played with it too. First I tried it with my name and got:

finnish, name generator, visit finland, travel

Marja Sammalkorpi. Berry Mossy Wilderness. The English version would be fantastic post-apocalyptic world name. With a name like that I’d be a specialist of berries and forest survival! Over-active imagination much?

Then I started wondering what would the generator offer with an English name? I tried with the only name I could remember at the spot; Margaret Thatcher. Don’t laugh.

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I can see the resemblance. Go and have fun yourself and let me know what your Finnish name is. The generator can be found HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-

Weekly Photo Challenge: Inside

You know how I can find any excuse to post pictures from Paris and France? Well, this week’s photo challenge is no exception:

petit palais, paris, museum

Inside Petit Palais…

notre dame, paris,

Inside Notre Dame…

chateau fontainebleau, france

Inside Chateau Fontainebleau (superior to Versailles in my opinion). And last but not least…

Beaugrenelle, mall, Paris, shopping centre

Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre- A modern palace of materialistic worship. It opened just last October when I was in Paris. It was so shiny and new which at first was very seducing but when we entered the Zara Home, and could smell the chemicals that are used to prevent molding during shipping, I realized this shininess has a price. Oh well, that kind of pondering is for another post.

If you are interested, the rest of the interpretations of this week’s theme Inside are HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-



Weekly Photo Challenge: Object

definition of word object, dictionary

Acceptable female objects or are statues the only acceptable form of females? Silent and never changing? Thoughts?

Hôtel de Ville de Paris, statue, female, silhouette

Statue in front of Hôtel de Ville de Paris.

Statue in Jardin du Luxembourg, Paris, female, silhouette

Statue in Jardin du Luxembourg

Petit Palais, statue, female, silhouette

Statue in the facade of Petit Palais.

If you are interested in rest of the interpretations of this week’s theme Object, you can find them HERE.

-Thrifty Finn-



Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

When I read (like 30 minutes ago) that this week’s theme is ‘Grand’, I got super-excited. Why, you may ask. Weeelllll, I recently visited Paris and I’m more than keen to share some of the images from there.

I started to ponder about the angle I was going to use. Art, buildings, general feeling…Then it hit me. I’d go the literal route. So here it is…

A grand staircase at the Petit Palais:

Beautiful, isn’t it?  If you are interested in the other interpretations, click HERE.

Thrifty Finn- Ooh la laa



Weekly Photo Challenge: Focus

I haven’t taken part in a photo challenge for ages and thought it was about a time. However, my still missing camera cable still hasn’t turned up so my plans got kinda busted right there.

No worries though. My godfather is a keen amateur photographer and he has tons of beautiful photos, just begging to be shared. These pics are from his fishing trip on last May (?) to Finland-Norway border.

(I apologize in advance for the overuse of vignette-filter on Pixlr. My bad.)

Lapland, Norway, Sweden, fishing, travel

You certainly have privacy and peace and quiet up there.

Lapland, fishing, Norway, Finland, travel

Apparently that man is a bonafide reindeer farmer. They exist!


I love the smell of campfire. And last but not least, a slightly artsy shot:

Lapland, fishing, winter, Norway, Finland

My godfather has tons of pictures he has taken on his hunting and fishing trips, not to mention the shots taken at his summer cabin. I already suggested that he should start his own photo blog but a little couragement wouldn’t go amiss ;) So, tell your opinion in the comments and I’ll be sure to pass them on. (Naturally I already advertised WordPress as the superior blogging platform :D).

If you are interested, rest of the Focus-themed photo challenge posts can be found HERE.

Thrifty Finn- Feeling all supportive and generous ;)