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Tripping to Liverpool.

And so it is that, once again, this restless soul is soon going to be packing and leaving to see the world again.

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Proper introverted traveller hobbies!

This time the travel destination will be Liverpool (via Manchester).

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Although Manchester is particularly known for its brick buildings, this old brewery (above) is actually found from Liverpool.

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The last time I had a morning walk in Sefton Park, it was kinda freezing… Though I honestly don’t know if I prefer it to this weather! At least it provides me with the possibility to go out camping in the Lake District that I’ve heard reminds the landscape we all Twin Peaks fans adore…

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I also have some unfinished business on Lark Lane since the combined bakery-cafe AND vintage store ‘Freida Mo’s‘ opened the next weekend after I had already left. I can’t wait to get my paws on their collection and vegan treats!

This time I won’t miss it (or any other of the second-hand/vintage shops nearby). Another must is Pop Boutique located in both Manchester and Liverpool. I see only some serious shopping possibilities here!

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So far away – but so close…

When this post reaches all of you guys, I hope to be already working on the new material gathered from UK!

Yours,

Miah

popular culture, traveling

Shopping in Kos.

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Unsurprisingly, but nevertheless quite charmingly, the whole island of Kos was filled with products made from olive tree and its fruits; soaps, flavoured oils, cups, cutlery, honey dippers, candle holders etc.

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The first shop that caught my eye in Tigaki was The Olive Market that offers a wide selection of ‘traditional and natural products’ made in Greece. The beautiful and authentic feeling with the friendly service kept me coming back to this shop until the very last day! The family who runs this shop is clearly not in the business just for the money: the additional gifts and off-the-counter toasts indicate that they are providing customer service in its truest, whole-hearted meaning. I would highly recommend this place – even if you only have one day to visit Tigaki.

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Many of the small touristic shops as well as the mini markets had their fair share of the more generic souvenirs; such as the phallic-shaped bottle openers and key rings.

And before anyone asks, yes, I also got a couple of those. What can I say, I have a lot of gay friends in Finland…

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Tigaki had also some smaller boutiques with the kind of witchy hippie vibe that I personally am really into. All kinds of small jewellery and wind chimes were really popular products in this shop!

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The main touristic beach boulevard in the centre of Kos town was filled with vendors offering a wide selection of bohemian beach-appropriate jewellery.

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You could also easily get a realistic or caricature portrait of yourself, your dog or a family member drawn from a picture or live model.

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One of the most inspiring and unique shops I stumbled upon was The Imaginarium. I have to admit first going in to pet the cute dog that accompanied the artist, Ioannis Kamateros, but soon realized how amazing all the arts and crafts there were. I must have looked like another tourist nutter who just randomly bumped in to say hello to his dog!

You can easily find the place located in the alley behind the Tree of Hippocrates which is in the Platía Platanou (‘Square of the Platane’). The place is pretty easily recognizable by the beautiful snail sculpture on the outside wall. And if you get thirsty in the heat of Greece, there is a small restaurant located right next to The Imaginarium.

Yours,

Miah

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Fankadelik Vintage Store.

Now, I’ve saved the best part of the Tallinn Old Town for the last. May I introduce you to the Fankadelik Vintage shop?

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The atmosphere in the store is carefully planned and the personnel will happily assist you if there is something particular you are looking for. I have always personally found the ladies working here super friendly. Especially when I told them about this blog, they insisted me of taking as many pictures as I liked and needed for a good post!

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Though the store is filled with clothing racks, the space doesn’t feel like too small. There is also a hairdresser and a make-up artist working in the same premises; offering vintage-inspired transformations for the customers!

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My favourite part is probably trying on possible purchases in the Dita von Teese fitting room! Fankadelik isn’t definitely a cheap place but, again, the overall experience and high quality of their collection, location and service is worth spending the extra money.

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The latter room of the shop is dedicated to a more glamorous collection of evening gowns starting from the early 20th century!

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Fankadelik Vintage has also a good collection of accessories and jewellery to complete your look (from whichever era it is inspired from).

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Just look at all these small purses, sun glasses and brooches…

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You may find the store from the second floor of this yellow building. The entrance (notice the blue capital letters there!) is between two restaurants so after a good tour in the store you are able to rest your feet and enjoy a nice cold drink under the shade – or in the sun, however you prefer!

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Fankadelik also has a spectacular, well-thought Instagram account if you’re interested in seeing the collection more in detail and up-to-date!

Yours,

Miah

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The Old Town of Porvoo (part 2).

Continuing my Porvoo trilogy with a random collection of the cutest pics of indie-businesses located in the Old Town area (totally non-sponsored, though I wish I was).

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The text pretty much says ‘The Steward Manager’s Heirs’.

Starting with some retro cars, naturally.

Jeez – just look at that pink gorgeousness. I could totally see myself honking for the tourists to step aside when I am making an important emergency cake delivery to the other side of the town.

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Or the van above! Initially, as we were approaching it, I thought the van would’ve sold ice cream but now I’m not so sure no more. Anyway, isn’t it just cool in such a retro spirit?

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Though the price level probably isn’t from the cheapest end, Porvoo does provide you with a variety of bed and breakfast or other hotel/motel options. Speaking from experience, I’d definitely say it’s worth the investment of getting to stay overnight in such an atmosphere! Who knows, maybe there’s even ghosts wandering around in those old rooms?

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Entrance to the museum from the court yard side.

Out of all the museums I’ve personally visited in Porvoo, I’d definitely rank the doll and toy museum (that is actually more of a private collection) as number one. Even if you only have half a hour of so, you are able to see the full collection – and perhaps make even small purchases yourself!

Here’s a link to the museum’s official web page (only some parts translated in English): Porvoon nukke- ja lelumuseo

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Tuulian Aitta (‘Tuulia’s Shed’), selling mostly vintage table ware, is located right next to the doll and toy museum. Definitely worth visiting as well!

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Traditional type of Finnish barn painted with red ochre paint.

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If you love second-hand, vintage and retro reproduction – Porvoo Old Town is your place.

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Porvoo vintage cafe collective – hire me, please… Don’t you just love the shade of the old ochre buildings?

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I’m pretty sure Porvoo is marked into maps (or apps) as an important design area as well – and for good reason! Personally, I’d much rather invest my money into vintage jewellery and furniture but each to their own, right? At least there is a good variety of locally produced handicraft and design products to purchase in Porvoo.

Sadly, a lot of the businesses were closed on Sunday, which is an unfortunate, but important part of the flaneur. I mean, we’re probably a bit too used to living in an overall capitalist culture based on quick, cheap and disposable consumption. If you appreciate a spontaneous adventure, then you gotta accept the fact that sometimes the coolest places just happen to be closed. Then you just have to come and visit some other time…

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Even the paintings on the ordinary maintenance structures were promising for vintage and second-hand lover like me!

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Loving the bench perfectly matching the orange logo!

Brace yourself for the grade finale of my Porvoo series: tomorrow in my special post I am going to introduce you to the best cafe in the Old Town of Porvoo! Vegan options included, of course – so stay tuned, my lovely rainbow soul…

Yours,

Miah