Year End With Christina

This is my friend Rebecca’s recording of her own reading of this poem: winter, My Secret by Christina Rossetti. It is so beautiful that I don’t want to lose it. Thank you, Rebecca. Very well done!

Winter, My Secret, by Christina Rosserri

National Romanticism

Art Nouveau

Just for a change, I planned to show you a building today that is not located in my hometown Dordrecht. I picked one of my favorite buildings: the Old Customs Warehouse in Helsinki. From the moment I saw this building, it was love at first sight!

The Old Customs Warehouse located in Katajanokka slept like Sleeping Beauty for some forty years, only occasionally used as storage space by the city. The time of awakening came a few years ago when Kari Korkman, the founder and producer of Helsinki Design Week, noticed the potential of the building as an arena for design and arts. For forty years, the building designed by architect Gustav Nyström remained rarely used until it was found for exhibition, concert, seminar and party purposes. (We are Helsinki)

Last year I was very fortunate as I got to visit Helsinki in May. My partner had a conference at the Hilton Hotel, and I got to wander around the…

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