Finland Travelogue 4: Kakslauttanen Hotel & Igloo Village

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It was only as I was packing for my trip to Japan and Taiwan that I remembered that I had not finished blogging about Finland. And so, here it is!

This was from my Finland trip back in December last year. During my holiday in Finland, I got to stay in a glass igloo at Kakslauttanen Hotel & Igloo Village. Other than it just being a whole new experience, our main aim was to see the Northern Lights through the glass ceiling.

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Snow was falling continuously as you can see from the freshly deposited snow around the igloo.

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I’m off to Japan and Taiwan!

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Hi guys! I am off to Japan and Taiwan for about three weeks. The areas I will be concentrating on are mainly Tokyo, Hokkaido and Taipei. I will blog about my trip only after I’m back (so that I can enjoy myself fully and experience these beautiful places). However, I hope that you will join me on my journey by following me on my Instagram account (@qiuuing) for up to date information.

By the way, my blog will still be up and running during this period of time as I have a few interesting posts scheduled for you while I am away. Have fun reading!

My Eastern Europe Trip in 30 Panoramic Shots

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Here are my holiday pictures from last year! I realised while looking through my iPhone camera roll that I have not posted any photos from my holiday last year to Czech Republic, Germany, Poland, Hungary and Austria. So I have taken some time to upload the ones that I feel represent my trip there.

Before I start, I must state that I simply adore the panorama shot function in iPhone! It gives an all-encompassing view to the beautiful sights that Europe has to offer. Also, please pardon some of the quality of the photos though, especially the overexposed ones.

Here we go!

1. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is the capital city of Czech Republic and its rich history makes it a popular destination among tourists. My family and I visited the Hradcany Castle, St Vitus Cathedral and Charles Bridge. We also took a stroll at the Old Town of Prague.

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Swiss Travelogue 3: Ristorante Italia

There’s a wonderful Italian restaurant, Ristorante Italia, hidden in a grove near our apartment in Zurich. We would always walk past it on the way back from the city centre and one would notice the strings of colorful lights along the boundary and the sounds of people eating and chatting.

Switzerland isn’t exactly an affordable destination and an average meal would cost about CHF17 (SGD24). Just an average meal, nothing special or fancy. Even an ala carte burger at Macs costs CHF8 (SGD11). But we decided to splurge on our last night in town.

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We chose to sit outdoors where it was breezy and bright (sun only set at about 9pm). The restaurant had a lively atmosphere. However the down side to sitting outside is that people smoked.

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The menu was in Italian and we had a hard time deciphering. Thank god the waitresses were fluent in English and extremely patient with us. I ordered gnocchi in cream cheese sauce. I’ve never had gnocchi before. It’s a potato pasta and very soft and tasteful. Not too heavy as I expected. I was scrapping every last bite of the sauce.

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As with most Italian restaurants, this one serves bread. We were wondering where the olive oil and vinegar were but after having a bite, we realised both were not necessary. The bread was sprinkled with olive oil and sea salt. Totally yummy!

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My parents and sis had the squid ink pasta with prawns. Usually in Singapore the pasta is cooked in squid ink sauce, but over there, the pasta is made with squid ink and cooked in tomato sauce. The pasta was fresh and absorbed the sauce so much better.

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For dessert we had lemon tartufo which is a type of ice cream and flourless chocolate cake.

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The ice cream was light and refreshing, just a tad sour. Great compliment to the rich chocolate cake which tasted like chocolate fudge brownie in cake form.

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This was really a delightful dining experience. It is a bit pricey but compared to the usual standard of Swiss food, it’s reasonable. The restaurant is located at Zeughausstrasse 61 8004 Zurich. You may visit their website for more details: http://www.ristoranteitalia.ch.

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Hi! Greetings from Switzerland!

The air is very fresh here and this country is so environmentally friendly that they do not have air con. You find cheese and milk almost everywhere.

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More pictures when I’m back! There’s wifi at almost all hotels but I’m just a bit tired after the long days.