Photo A Day, Around the World Slowly. Helsinki

After a little more than a month in boiling Southeast Asia we’ve come north to enjoy the rare weeks when Nordic cities empty out into summer cottages and saunas around the lakes.

As we’re a few weeks ahead of the great migration to the summer cottages and saunas all along the lakeshores, we stopped in Helsinki and enjoyed a spectacular spring day in the unpredictable month of May. We’re already on our way to Lake Saimaa where a little cabin awaits us. We’ll leave you with these:

A view back toward town from the Skywheel Helsinki, a newish waterfront attraction.

And from the same vantage point, the Uspenski Cathedral, the largest orthodox church in Western Europe, completed in 1868.

Collected photos from this slow trip around the world post here.

Mostly Daily Photos

A couple more as we begin to finish off our Vietnam visit. Here, one of those tumultuous tropical thunderstorms Ho Chi Minh City was eager for, as the hottest part of the year begins to draw to a close:

And here, lovely Dalat, Lam Dong province, just before dusk:

Collected photos from these few months around the world here.

A long flight across Asia follows, and before long we’ll be back in touch from Finland. For the moment (spring 2019) I’ve changed the header above to a nice view over Helsinki from the top of the original Sokos hotel.

Pictures from the Road, Saigon

I’ve never much tried to pick individual stocks for gain. My reasoning is, people dedicate their lives to understanding the stock market, have far more expertise than I, and still great hordes of them turn out to be wrong. In a similar way, I don’t presume special knowledge on “the dichotomy between those who revere saints and those who rail against their hypocrisy.” But it was an enjoyable experience to be among believers at Easter mass at Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon.

Those pop-up greeting cards are a thing in Saigon.

Flower Blossom soup, Nam Pla Thai restaurant.

Can’t recommend the Spicies of Feet. Can recommend the restaurant. Can’t find if it has a web site.

 

You just never know.

It gets hot in the Ben Thanh market, Saigon.

On the street, too.

Ad from Truong Van Ben Soap Company in Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

See you next week.