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Hi Everyone, welcome to my VT home page. My name is Emile, born and raised in the Netherlands. After studying, living and spending time in countries like Canada, Germany and Poland, I wound up living in a great country named Finland! (in Espoo)


My greatest passion and hobby is travelling. .

Most recent trips:

November: Switzerland
October: Paris.
September: Stuttgart, Paris.
July: Japan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore.
May: Switzerland, Germany, Holland.
April 2009: Switzerland.
March 2009: New York, Atlanta, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, Dominica, Barbados, St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts&Nevis.
February 2009: Belgium, Netherlands, Germany.
January 2009: London.
December 2008: Toronto, Netherlands, Germany.
November 2008: London, Holland, Germany, Houston.
October 2008: Istanbul.
September 2008: Germany, the Netherlands.
July 2008: China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia.
June 2008: Houston.
May 2008: Vilnius, Hamburg, London, London.
April 2008: Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands.
March 2008: China, Macau, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore.
January 2008: Netherlands, Germany, London, UK.
December 2007: London, UAE, Oman.
November 2007: London, Houston.
October 2007: Amsterdam, Paris.
September 2007: Paris.
August 2007: Iceland.
July 2007: Delhi, Kuala Lumpur, Cambodia, Bali.
June 2007: Toronto, Brussels, Riga, Chicago, Geneve. Houston, Tallinn.
May 2007: Paris, London, Vienna, Netherlands.
April 2007: Netherlands, London.
March 2007: Hamburg, Mauritius, New York.
February 2007: Houston, New York, Hamburg.
December 2006: Netherlands, Germany.
November 2006: Berlin, Houston.
October 2006: Dusseldorf, Moscow, Barcelona, Belgium, Netherlands.
September 2006: London, Warsaw.
August 2006: Milan, Italy.
July 2006: China, Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand.
June 2006: Vilnius, London, Netherlands, Germany.
June 2006: Bahrain (various times August 2005-June 2006).
May 2006: Hungary, Bulgaria.
August 2005: Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore, Indonesia.
July 2005: Berlin, Germany.
June 2005: Tallinn, Estonia.
May 2005: Frankfurt, Germany.
April 2005: Paris, France.
March 2005: The Netherlands.
March 2005: Texas, USA.

Trips coming up:

Great locations!

My Top destinations (excl. cities):

#: Every square inch of Norway (June 1982 - February 2000).
-> The nature, the sounds, the smells. It IS by far the most beautiful place on earth.

#: Borneo (September 2005)
-> Proboscis Monkeys, Vipers, Crocodiles, Fireflies....it's like stepping into a series on Animal Planet.

#: Hyder, Alaska, USA (August 1997)
-> Bears crossing the street with mountains and glaciers in the background. Total nature.

#: Iceland (August 2007)
-> Nature, nature, nature, so beautiful

#: Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA (September 2003)
-> Watching the sunset over one of world's most amazing landscapes.

#: Cambodia (July 2007)
-> The people, the culture, so special.

#: Bohol, Philippines (July 2006)
-> What a laid back place and the nature is unbelievably beatiful.

#: Death Valley, California, USA (March 1997)
-> So desolate, so beautiful.

#: US Virgin Islands, St. Thomas (March 2009)
-> Magen's Bay, is there any beach more beautiful?

(and close: Bali rice fields, Zion NP, Organ Pipe NP, Tuscany, Scottish Highlands, Tatra mountains)

My Top destinations (cities):

#: Helsinki, Finland (current)
-> See my Helsinki pages.

#: Berlin, Germany (April 2004)
-> First visiting the Museum Insel, then shopping at the Kudamm and finnishing the day partying till late in the morning. Amazing city.

#: Singapore (August 2005)
-> Great nightlife and shopping

#: Las Vegas, USA (September 2002)
-> So different than any other city.

#: Hong Kong (July 2006)
-> Simply fascinating

#: Pnom Penh (July 2007)
-> Wild, wild East

#: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (March 2002)
-> Experiencing the one and only Carnival. Brasilian passion.

(and close: Oslo, Saigon, Kuala Lumpur, Krakow, Chicago, Santa Barbara, Lisboa, Tallinn, Roma, Milan, Montreal, Potsdam, Wiesbaden, Banff, Bellingwolde, Toronto, Chicago, New York)


Helsinki is really a wonderful city. Perfect in the summer when the days never seems to end, but also during the 'darker' months, Christmas and Pikkujoulu times are great. The city is safe, clean, has a friendly atmosphere and is not as expensive as everyone tends to think. You can enjoy the seaside (and the sea itself of course) almost everywhere. Same for the islands. Or take a cruise to Tallinn or Stockholm. Pleasure guaranteed. Furthermore Helsinki has a boasting nightlife and lots other interesting things to see and do. Just take a look at my Helsinki page.

Top 5 things to do in Helsinki:

1: Enjoy a picnic during summer on Suomenlinna

2: Stroll along the Esplanadi ending up at Kappeli's terrace.

3: A night on town, discovering Helslinki's other wild side.

4: Watching the cruiseships and the harbour sitting on the stairs in front of the "white church" - cathedral.

5: Walking around the Toolo bay (Toolonlahti) an oasis of green almost right in the centre.

Wish list...

These are the trips I'd like to make...sooner or later...

-Belize, El Salavador, Guatemala, Honduras
-Argentina, Chile, Peru
-South Georgia Island
-Jordania & Syria

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  • DaHongHua's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2012 at 7:27 AM

    A warm happy birthday greet from Malaysia. Guangzhou is in my future travel list as I wish to goto my native home in China, a small village by the name Puning, near Liusha. Hope you can give any kind of suggestion, i.e. : hotel, mode of transport, what to see beside my main purpose.

  • Donna_in_India's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2010 at 6:00 AM

    Happy, happy birthday Emile. Have a wonderful day! Amazing travels, great photos!

  • Lunaina's Profile Photo
    Jun 16, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Congratulations to you and to Finland, the most beautiful country in Europe!!

  • MacedonianUK's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2009 at 3:20 PM

    Happy Birthday & many wonderful travels. Valentina

  • Adri73's Profile Photo
    Feb 25, 2009 at 6:23 AM

    Nice pics Emile. Regards from Hungary.

  • Laura_Mexico's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 11:23 AM

    Beautiful pic of Helsinki's cathedral... you're lucky to live there, it's a nice place. Happy birthday! And I hope you add my country to your wish list as I'm sure you'd really like it! Cheers :)

  • Etoile2B's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Happy Birthday from sunny California! Here's to many more wonderful years!

  • BillNJ's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 6:50 AM

    Happy Birthday!

  • anpe's Profile Photo
    Jun 17, 2008 at 3:41 AM

    Happy birthday!Emile! may all your dreams come true!! have a great day! smiles from Greece anna

  • risse73's Profile Photo
    May 12, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Love your picture of Chocolate Hills in Bohol! Cheers!!!

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