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Jun 12, 2011 - Scandinavia last days

Thursday 9th June Sorry about the abrupt end to my last entry but the lady wanted to close the library. By the way thanks for all the messages Dave and I really appreciate reading them. Feeling the most chilled than I ever thought possible today. We’re taking the oldest road in Finland that runs along the south coast that connected Russia to Turku, it’s really beautiful constantly going up and down like a roller coaster so harder than we have been used to, this is where you can really feel the weight that’s loaded on the bike. Trouble is...

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May 27, 2011 - Helsinki, Finland

We decided on no tour in Helsinki. The day is cold and blustery. The city bus was easy to find and we bought an all-day ticket on the all the city's transportation. Once in town we first went to the tourist bureau and got some city information. Then we went to the central market by the water. There were all kinds of fruits and vegetables, furs, clothing, souvenirs, and other stuff plus food vendors. Finally Richard decided he needed some reindeer meatballs which were great. They came with the small potatoes and vegetables. After eating we...

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Apr 30, 2011 - Helsinki day trip

Summary: After finding out that Helsinki was only a 2hr ferry trip from Tallinn, Gen & I decided to take the chance to go Memorable experiences: 1. Eating Rudolf (so not really, but it was my first time to eat reindeer). 2. Watching the entire city party for May Day! OMG they sooo know how to party! Memorable places: 1. Cathedral - we went there when it was empty to take beautiful photos, then to come back in the evening when (what seemed) the entire city was celebrating May Day

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Oct 16, 2010 - Helsinki - Oct 14-16

October 14, 2010 Today was almost a complete travel day with an early morning start. We had a quick bite to eat and then headed into the city centre to get the bus to the airport. Apart from the idiot bus driver not stopping when he was supposed to the journey was little over 10 minutes. It did snow really heavily for about 5 minutes of the journey but that of course just adds to the lovely scenery. At the airport we met the two girls from last night and we sat and chatted to them until our flight left and in just 2 hours we were in Oslo....

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Sep 19, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland - Tour of the city

It was just by chance that on our trip to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg we ended up visiting Helsinki, Stockholm and Oslo as well. We were at an Embassy Series (www.embassyseries.com) concert at the Finland Ambassador’s residence in the spring of 2010. When we spoke to the Ambassador and told him about our plan to visit Moscow and St. Petersburg in the fall, he said very enthusiastically that if we are visiting St. Petersburg we must visit Helsinki as it is only about 100 miles away. He even recommended Hotel Kamp as the place to stay....

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Sep 2, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland

Today's adventure was in Helsinki, Finland. We took a shuttle bus from the port to the downtown area and spent the day touring on our own. From the shuttle drop-off we took a lovely walk through a city park, an outdoor market, and made our way to Senate Square, home of Finland's parliament and site of the Senate Square Cathedral. Helsinki is hosting a touring display called "United Buddy Bears, The Art of Tolerance" from September 1 through October 26 in Senate Square. There are 142 bears, each painted by an artist representing each United...

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Jul 24, 2010 - 2010 Baltic Sea Cruise - Helsinki

Day 4 (July 24, 2010) - Helsinki - Cruising into Helsinki was quite the ride. The sky was overcast and windy causing the boat to have the type of rocking motion that makes you want to sleep all day. Our breakfast was a mad orgy of bodies swarming around food at the buffet, reminding me yet again how much I hate that form of dining. After getting our food, we were 'blessed' with a round of cardio trying to find a table with which to sit and eat. After finding something at the back of the last seating area, we sat down to now-cold eggs and...

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Jun 18, 2010 - Helsinki

Hi from Finland. Just a quick note on a free connection at City Hall with no port to upload pictures. Scandinavia is great--everyone speaks English, and I can read the signs most of the time (even though I don´t always know what they say). The days are long and the weather has been pretty good--some rain, but it is quick and over soon. It is cooler here, which is fine with me! Helsinki is a modern city, and does not have the quaint older city like Tallin. Helsinki was developed in the 1800´s so it is pretty new by European standards! It is...

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Jun 5, 2010 - Helsinki, Finland

Saturday 5th June sunrise 4.03am – sunset 10.36pm temp: 14C Ship arrived to a beaut blue sky day in Helsinki, Finland. Stopped at McDonalds on the walk in and had a cuppa and delicious cinnamon bun and used the WIFI to book our accommodation in Oxford and read emails. Had a ride in the 1919 tram for 20 min 5E ea then walked to see a couple of the churches and the Rock church. Had our cruise lunch in a Park. Stopped for a wine on the way home (Paul still no alcohol, had coffee) Caught a bus to the Pier at 5pm. Sail off at 6pm. Formal night...

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Europe 2010

May 25, 2010 - St Petersburg to Helsinki

Up early again to check out and then catch the metro across to Finlander train station to catch our train to Helsinki. Ended up in a compartment on our own which was good. The hotel had given us a breakfast bag and the train attendent also gave us a juice and yogurt so we had our breaky and out our feet up for the six hour trip. This included two stops at the border crossing. The attendent had collected our passport when we boarded and they took them to the Russian immigration office. Then the official came on board to return them. Then we...

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Sep 26, 2009 - Helsinki

Allo, La Russie est maintenant derriere moi... Les villes de Moscou et de St.Petersbourg sont fascinantes. J'ai ajoute des photos de Moscou. Entre autres: le Kremlin, la rue pietonniere Arbat, le metro ou chauqe station est presque un musee et le monastere de Novodevichy. J'ai de plus visiter la tombe de Lenin en pleine place rouge, assez bizarre... A Saint-Petersbourg, j'ai visiter le musee russe et l'Hermitage. Ces deux musee sont vraiment incroyable. Le musee russe contient la plus grande collection de peintures russes et les russes, ils...

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Tour du monde 2009

Sep 3, 2009 - Hell-sinki

Not a lot to say here. It was rainy, gray and drizzly. Pretty much the same as I remember it 11 years ago. Helsinki is a nice city, and the Finns fine people, but the place seems a bit lacking after some of the other cities I've visited on this trip. One of the best things about this place was the hotel we stayed in; very central, well designed, big comfy beds and a great breakfast buffet. We had a walking tour of the city this morning, then I spent most of the day relaxing in my room watching CNN and the Discovery Channel. I'm sure that if...

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Baltic Europe 2009

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