Finnair flew a crew of three videographers and two photographers to New Delhi, India, which is the perfect spot to start exploring beautiful and unique places all around Asia. The crew continued to Kathmandu Nepal by car. While shooting beautiful views of nature and the ending scenes for a Finnish feature documentary, the boys got a chance to meet local people and learn their culture. Let them take you for a memorable journey to see the best that India and Nepal has to offer, form wild animals to breathtaking scenery.
Chinese photographer, Yang Zhuo and his wife flew to Finland with Finnair and spent one glorious day in Helsinki. On their picture perfect holiday in the Finnish capital, the couple had a chance to admire the city’s unique architecture and beautiful churches as well as the surrounding archipelago and nature. See the best that Helsinki has to offer and join the couple as they stroll the streets of Helsinki, taste the Finnish delicacies in the markets, meet local people and shop in local stores from Marimekko to Nokia.
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I was sipping my coffee and watching the sunrise from an airplane window two weeks ago. The sky seemed as if the sun rays were dancing on top of the clouds, like it was a painting. As we landed to Tegel Airport, there was no choice but to put on sunglasses and to find the nearest beer garden to enjoy the day. Spring had arrived to Berlin.
Berlin is a city that welcomes you home the minute you walk out of the old, but unique airport. The city has a spirit that hugs your heart and invites you to come live life on your own terms. It is a quirky big city with a lot of character. Berlin might not seem beautiful at first glance, but all of its colors and stories will make you fall in love with it. Its relaxed atmosphere and interesting attractions might just blow your mind. There are people playing guitars, juggling and eating Currywurst nearly at every street corner. Berliners know how to enjoy life.
Berlin is a city that for sure offers the tastiest street food in Europe, with all of its Döner Kebabs and wursts. Most travelers find themselves having marvelous brunches and thightning jeans around the city each morning. That first taste of a warm Brezel on your lips is a promise to your taste buds that you will return to Berlin yet again.
Alexanderplatz is a plaza in the middle of the city with nice restaurants and shops, and it seems to never sleep. As Berlin is a big city, this is not obviously the only place worth visiting. Don’t miss the shopping street of Kurfürstendamm with its nice cafeterias. Visit Kreuzberg, where you can find the old Tempelhof Airport, which is nowadays used as a park. Enjoy some warm latte at the famous Brandenburg Gate and later on, go enjoy a happy hour in Pankow!
There is still time to go visit the beautiful spring of Berlin! If you are going, pack me in your suitcase!
Jens Lennartsson is a Swedish travel and lifestyle photographer with almost a dangerous urge to eat everything that comes in his way. To help him explore his culinary dreams, Finnair gave him a smooth ride in to the world of mouthwatering dishes. He flew to Chongqing, China, to try out the renowned street food, among the dreaded, super spicy hotpot. He was not disappointed. Join him on his travels and enjoy the best of what Chinese cuisine has to offer!
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If I could visit Israel every time I get hungry, I guess I could be happy forever. People say variety is the spice of life, but I would replace the word variety with hummus. Hummus is the spice of life. Israeli cuisine might seem like the typical Middle Eastern food, but it has adopted elements from the Jewish, Arabian and Mediterranean kitchens. Those elements are exactly what makes the food in Tel Aviv close to perfection. Fresh vegetables and strong spices are made into amazing dishes. Tel Aviv is filled with great restaurants, but the best are usually those tiny little places outside of the most crowded touristic areas.
Despite the love I feel for these tiny restaurants, Neve Tzedek is also a great place for a dinner when visiting Tel Aviv. It is the trendiest part of the town and famous for its street art. During the night the atmosphere is almost magical. In Neve Tzedek you may almost feel like traveling in Italy, so do not hesitate to order a nice pasta with a good glass of wine. Tel Avivians are international, so you might as well be one too.
Like I already said, hummus should be the spice of life. To be honest, I never liked hummus before I traveled to Tel Aviv. Making it from fresh ingredients, adding spices that tickle your taste buds and soaking it in locally made olive oil -that makes it all divine. Dip some pita bread in it and enjoy. Try all the flavors, there is no such thing as too much hummus!
Dinner in a restaurant called Abu Dabi
Having only tried the falafels we can get frozen back home, I was in for a treat. We ate them everywhere and every day on our trip. Falafels are fried vegetable balls that are also made from chickpeas and are usually served inside a pita bread with tahini, vegetables and sauce that is incredibly spicy, dare to give it a try.
3. Pomegranate juice
Pomegranate juice might not be the first thing that comes to your mind when thinking about Israel. After visiting this country of endless sunshine, pomegranates are what makes me miss Tel Aviv. Pomegranates are everywhere. As a person who adores freshly squeezed healthy juice, how could I not love it? Spend a day shopping at Carmel Market and refresh yourself with a big cup of fresh pomegranate juice.
4. Olive oil
Have you ever tried olive oil with a hint of coffee aroma? If not, then this is another reason for you to travel to Tel Aviv. I believe that Israel produces some of the worlds finest extra virgin olive oils. Carmel Market is the best place for trying out all the flavors and buying some to take home too! My personal favorite was olive oil with fig!
Tel Aviv is filled with cafeterias and locals enjoying their days. I gave in for the atmosphere and sat down at a cafeteria in the old town of Jaffa. Coffee is everywhere and it is so good, you cannot help but love it. After coming back home, I had to give up my daily trips to Starbucks.
Photo from our day trip to Jerusalem
Tel Aviv surprised me as a destination, not just with its delicious meals but also with its fabulous sandy beaches, kind people and gorgeous architecture. It has something to offer for every traveler. If you are looking for a place to party, tan, swim, eat, visit cultural or religious attractions, -Tel Aviv might just offer that!