Hakaniemi Market Hall and Market Square


The open-air markets of Helsinki, Finland are famous not just among local residents but also among tourists who are looking for  fun places to shop and dine. The Hakaniemi Market Hall has approximately 70 shops that sell a wide variety of food items, hot deals and local products such as souvenirs and handicrafts. Specialty shops can also be found including a 2nd hand bookstore, textile store and a shoe repair shop. Those who are looking to treat themselves to an inexpensive traditional  Finnish lunch or have a taste of other famous local dishes can do so by dining at any of the six spacious cafeterias.

Whether you want to shop to your heart’s content, have a taste of the famous local dishes or sit in a cafe as you enjoy a steaming hot coffee, the Hakaniemi Market Hall and Square is certainly a destination that you shouldn’t miss.


*Postcrosssing postcard # 77 from Rontti of Turku, Finland.

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour

The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour (Moscow, Russia)



The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour is one of the most famous cathedrals and places of worship in Russia. It is located in Moscow, on the northern bank of the Moskva River, a few blocks southwest of the Kremlin. The current church is actually the second structure to stand on the site. The original church, which took more than 40 years to build, was torn down in 1931, during the Communist rule of Joseph Stalin. It was demolished because, at the time, they were planning on building a colossal Palace of the Soviets. The plan, however,  did not materialize, so the church was reconstructed in the 1990’s.

Visiting the numerous cathedrals that we have here in the Philippines is actually high on my wish list. I hope I get to do that very soon. Who knows, maybe, I’ll also get the opportunity to visit cathedrals around the world, too. It’s not impossible, though, right? I’m sure that it will take more than a day to appreciate everything that a grand cathedral such as The Cathedral of Christ the Saviour has to offer. I would also like to know how such a massive structure, is being maintained. I won’t be surprised to learn that those assigned to manage such an important place of worship invest in all the essential equipment that are needed in the services and other activities that they have each day such as a Handheld Wireless Microphone , strategically placed speakers and other audio/video equipment. Anyway, I will, for now, just enjoy learning more about them and look at photos or postcards, such as this one. (I am also excited about how our new parish church will look like. There’s still a long way to go, but I know that in God’s time, it will be built).


*Postcrossing Postcard #76 from Olga  & Pavel, a Russian couple who has recently moved to Chicago.

Icon Art: The Archangel Gabriel

The Archangel Gabriel (The Angel with the Golden Hair) 12th Tempera on panel. 49 x 38.8 cm


What are Icons?

Icons are one of the oldest types of Christian art, originating from eastern Orthodox Christianity. They are commonly small-scale devotional panel paintings, which usually depict Christ, the Virgin Mary, the Saints, or, just like the sample above, angels.

Icon Art is particularly popular among Russians. Numerous schools and various styles or Icons paintings have been developed in their country alone. A great number of Icon Art collections can be found among the best art museums around the world including the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.



*Postcrossing Postcard # 75 from Mila of Russia.