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13 Dec 18
Jaelyn Faye

The time finally came for Jaelyn’s make a wish trip!  We were all so very excited to go to Disney World for a week. We flew out September 11th.  Our flight was at 7am so we got up at 4am and Grandma Lonna drove us to the airport.  We got into Florida around 4:30pm.  Give […]

12 Dec 18
Look: Evolve

A tugging, a feeling, a need to reach the unreached. I used to see it, that invisible thing that I could feel watching me before I ever looked into it. I was touched by the presence, ravaged by the must. I must was there. It was here. It was inside of me, waiting for me […]

11 Dec 18
Journalism Articles

By Sergio Guerrero and Joshua Grajeda / New Mexico News Port New Mexico’s midterm elections have come to a close, as the voting results were certified on Nov. 27.  Despite heightened concerns about the integrity of the U.S. election system, experts and officials say New Mexico elections went very well.  “The 2018 elections were very […]

11 Dec 18
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The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and European Commission have revealed the 383 projects nominated for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The projects, which hail from 36 countries across the European Continent represent a wide range of typologies and office types. Of the countries included, the most projects come are located in Spain and Belgium (27 and 21 nominees, respectively.) London, home to 12 nominees, boasts the most nominated projects of any single city followed by Vilnius (9) and Paris (8).

11 Dec 18
Architectural Autocad Drawings,Blocks,Details Download Center

The Fundació Mies van der Rohe and European Commission have revealed the 383 projects nominated for the 2019 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. The projects, which hail from 36 countries across the European Continent represent a wide range of typologies and office types. Of the countries included, the most projects come are located in Spain and Belgium (27 and 21 nominees, respectively.) London, home to 12 nominees, boasts the most nominated projects of any single city followed by Vilnius (9) and Paris (8).

09 Dec 18
Metro
It’s no secret that Finnish people love a sauna. In fact, the Finnish use of saunas dates back more than 2000 years. Saunas are an important part of life; a social occasion among families, friends and the community. Finland has over 3 million saunas, and there are more saunas than cars in the capital, Helsinki. You’ll find one at the airport, in the Parliament building and in nearly every apartment across the city. Public saunas have always been popular, but as more and more apartments have saunas built in, the need to visit a public sauna diminished and many closed. However, in recent years, public sauna culture has returned and new saunas are popping up all over the city – some traditional, some quirky and some super swanky. So I decided to check out Helsinki’s saunas, both new and old, and see what the hype is all about. Number one on my list was Löyly. (Picture: Helsinki Marketing – Loyly – Pekka Keranen) Löyly opened in 2016 and is a bar, restaurant and sauna all in one. Located on the waterfront, with a huge terrace, it has become the go-to place on a sunny afternoon, whether you sauna or not. The definition of the word Löyly is ‘the steam that evaporates from the rocks when you throw water over them’. Yep – the Finns have a word for that! Its striking eco-design uses materials from responsibly managed forests, and the electricity used is produced by solar and wind power. Inside, everything has been thoughtfully considered with cosy log fires overlooking stunning sea views and a great drinks menu. There are three saunas – a traditional smoke sauna, a once-heated sauna and a continuously heated sauna – all of which are heated with wood. The smoke sauna gives off the most incredible aroma and was my favourite of the three. However, the other two each have a full glass wall with beautiful views of the water. (Picture: Helsinki Marketing – Loyly – Pekka Keranen) Once you’ve heated up in the sauna, the brave head out for a dip in the Baltic and a quick swim. As someone who doesn’t love the cold, I was expecting to jump in and get straight out again. But after the heat of the sauna, I was able to stay in the sea for at least 20 enjoyable minutes! (Caveat, this was in summer!) I got chatting to some locals, who said that growing up, it was a common Saturday night routine for the family to have a sauna before dinner. The health benefits of saunas are said to include improved circulation, reduced stress levels (I can certainly agree with this one), improvement of cardiovascular health, and they have also been known to improve asthma and many skin conditions. The Finns I spoke to all agreed with this, and many attributed regular sauna use to never getting colds, youthful looking skin and general mental wellbeing. (Picture: Helsinki Marketing – Loyly – Pekka Keranen) One said her grandmother, who lives in the north of Finland in Kuusamo, still took a sauna every day at the age of 92. That includes a swim in the lake afterwards, even in the middle of winter; pretty amazing when you consider temperatures in this part of Finland can reach as low as -14. They also felt that having saunas from a young age gave them a healthy view of the female body, having seen naked grandmothers, aunties and mothers relaxing in the sauna. It is traditional for public saunas to be separated by male and female, in which case many people go naked. However, Löyly also offers mixed saunas (with swimwear), meaning groups of friends go along, business meetings are conducted and couples can enjoy the sauna together. A sauna at Löyly costs £16.85 (19€) per person or £266.10 (300€) for a private sauna. Sky Sauna (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet) Next on the sauna list was Sky Sauna. This is exactly as it sounds – a sauna in the sky. Essentially the Helsinki version of the London Eye, but one of the pods has been transformed into a sauna! This is a great experience for a special occasion. Our morning began with a pre-sauna hot tub overlooking the harbour before we walkie-talked the wheel controller to let him know that we wanted to jump aboard. He then stopped the wheel, and our sky sauna began. We still had the walkie-talkie, so if things got too hot, we could ask to be let out – but we managed a full three turns of the wheel before hopping out for a cold shower and back in again. Inside one of the Sky Sauna pods (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet) It was definitely an experience I won’t forget – the views from the wheel are beautiful and include the stunning Uspenski and Helsinki Cathedrals, Market Square, the old Market Hall, and the Baltic Sea. Sky Sauna costs £213 (240€) per hour for up to four people. As well as the newer saunas, we were also keen to try out a more traditional option. A short bus ride out of the city centre,and we arrived at Kaurilan Sauna. Surrounded by green woodland, Kaurilan Sauna is an authentic 19th-century sauna building, which was originally located in Tuusula and was transported to Helsinki in 1995 by owner Saara Lehtonen. Initially, it was used by Saara and her family, but in 2009 she decided to share this special place with the public. The rustic charm of the dining area at Kaurilan Sauna (Picture: Hayley Lewis @alovelyplanet) It feels like a much more traditional sauna experience at Kaurilan. The log cabin is cosy, with beautiful homemade linen furnishings. There are no electric lights, so the sauna is lit just by candlelight. Saara also makes gorgeous soaps, deo-creams and beauty products using natural ingredients that can be bought at Kaurilan and across Finland. Kaurilan Sauna costs £14.20 (16€) per person. You can hire the sauna from £159.70 (180€). Each sauna offered a completely different experience, but I came away with a new respect and understanding for Finns and for saunas. I don’t think you fully experience the importance of sauna until you have one in Finland. In fact, sauna is the only Finnish word that is used in other languages! [metro-fact-box title=”Other things to do in Helsinki:” colour=”grey” icon=”exclamation”] Helsinki is filled with different food and drink options. For drinks, head to the Helsinki Distilling Company for excellent cocktails and a distillery tour to see how their gin and whiskey is made. Tours cost £13.30 (15€) per person. View this post on Instagram Its Gin O’Clock in Helsinki! A post shared by 🌎 Hayley Lewis ✈️ (@alovelyplanet) on Aug 11, 2018 at 7:01am PDT Enjoy the best of Helsinki’s restaurant scene with a dinner at Ragu, located in a beautiful historical building near Esplanadi Park. Make sure you order the surprise menu – five courses of Italian-inspired cuisine using seasonal Finnish ingredients – which costs £50.50 (57€). You can also order wines to match for £43.50 (49€). Island hop around Helsinki’s many islands, including beautiful Lonna Island, is essential. An island-hopping ticket is £7 (8€) for adults. A short walk from Kaurilan Sauna is Seurasaari Museum Island. This open-air museum contains 87 buildings moved to the island from different locations around Finland, showcasing the history and life of Finns during the last four centuries. Buildings include a sauna, cottages, farmsteads and manors and boathouses. Entry to Seurasaari museum island is free. [/metro-fact-box] [metro-fact-box title=”Where to stay in Helsinki and how to get there:” colour=”grey” icon=”exclamation”] The funky Hotel F6 has rooms from £162 (180€) per night, including breakfast. View this post on Instagram We are in Helsinki! First time in Finland and loving it so far. Staying at the coolest hotel – @hotelf6. The bed is 💕 A post shared by 🌎 Hayley Lewis ✈️ (@alovelyplanet) on Aug 8, 2018 at 1:57am PDT Fly to Helsinki from London Heathrow with Finn Air from £78 return. [/metro-fact-box] — Hayley Lewis is a travel writer, blogger and producer. For more on saunas in Helsinki head to alovelyplanet.com or follow Hayley on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter or Facebook. (Top picture: Hayley Lewis) [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/20/vinegar-pies-and-burgers-stacked-high-the-most-delicious-side-of-pittsburgh-8082928/” title=”Vinegar pies and burgers stacked high: The most delicious side of Pittsburgh”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/20/feeling-adventurous-its-time-you-booked-a-winter-holiday-to-south-tyrol-7430376/” title=”Feeling adventurous? It’s time you booked a winter holiday to South Tyrol”] [metro-link url=”https://metro.co.uk/2018/11/13/winter-in-morocco-its-time-you-tried-a-crash-course-in-kitesurfing-on-the-windy-beaches-of-essouaria-8075563/” title=”Winter in Morocco: It’s time you tried a crash course in kitesurfing on the windy beaches of Essouaria”]
07 Dec 18
Look: Evolve

There are a couple things I never write about on this blog: my immediate family and my husband. Odd, considering that these relationships are the closest and most impactful for me. It’s not just for privacy sake. The stories I tell about myself are my stories. Once I encroach on the stories that are intertwined […]

01 Dec 18
Lonna Lisa Williams

It has been 3 years since the terrorist attack in San Bernardino that left 14 dead, shot many times by their own coworker and his Islamist extremist immigrant wife at their company Christmas party.  The main target was my friend Nick, a Messianic Jew like me.  We attended Shiloh Messianic Congregation together, in the San […]

01 Dec 18
ilovebooksandstuffblog

Welcome to the December Of Books Giveaway Hop! hosted by Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight and Lonna @ FLYLēF! Not sure what books are coming out this month!? Here are a few of the releases to check out!  What if damnation is the price of true love? Innocent blood has been spilled on the steps of the […]

30 Nov 18
Lonna's Help

Thanks for joining me! Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton

27 Nov 18
Norgesavisen.no

I forigår, søndag, var det demonstrasjon utenfor Stortinget mot FNs migrasjonsavtale. Kun en håndfull mennesker hadde møtt i tillegg til meg. Det viser én ting: Nordmenn skiter i hva som skjer med sitt eget fedreland. Det finner jeg ganske trist å oppleve. Betyr framtiden til egne barn og barnebarn virkelig ingenting? Bryr dere dere virkelig […]

23 Nov 18
gladepensjonistdager

Og som dere ser, så har jeg pynta meg for fridagene…. Det viktigste for helga, det er å synes….Og undertegnede har egentlig ALDRI brydd seg særlig om hva andre synes om den saken…. Jeg har hatt knallrødt, vindskeivt hår med kølsvart farge på den skeive baksida, og opplevde at gamle damer har kommet opp  ved […]

13 Nov 18
Focus News Agency

Advocates for overseas voters harshly criticized President Donald Trump for arguing that some mail-in ballots shouldn’t be counted as he spread a conspiracy theory about Florida’s elections on Monday. In a tweet on Monday, Trump called for the state to stop counting ballots and stick with the results from Election Night, a move that while […]

13 Nov 18
Focus News Agency

Advocates for overseas voters harshly criticized President Donald Trump for arguing that some mail-in ballots shouldn’t be counted as he spread a conspiracy theory about Florida’s elections on Monday. In a tweet on Monday, Trump called for the state to stop counting ballots and stick with the results from Election Night, a move that while […]

13 Nov 18
Focus News Agency

Advocates for overseas voters harshly criticized President Donald Trump for arguing that some mail-in ballots shouldn’t be counted as he spread a conspiracy theory about Florida’s elections on Monday. In a tweet on Monday, Trump called for the state to stop counting ballots and stick with the results from Election Night, a move that while […]

13 Nov 18
Focus News Agency

Advocates for overseas voters harshly criticized President Donald Trump for arguing that some mail-in ballots shouldn’t be counted as he spread a conspiracy theory about Florida’s elections on Monday. In a tweet on Monday, Trump called for the state to stop counting ballots and stick with the results from Election Night, a move that while […]