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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki December 1st 2016

Our third last country. Plus this was our first time taking a ship on our Eurotrip.... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 13th 2016

Gestern bin ich mit der Faehre planmaessig und an vielen kleinen Inseln vorbei in der Umgebung von Helsinki angekommen. Mit Bus und U-Bahn habe ich problemlos die Innenstadt und dort mein Hotel erreicht. Nachdem ich dort mein Gepaeck gelassen habe, bin ich am Ufer entlang zum Mannerheim Mueseum, welches aber leider nur von Freitags bis Sonntag geoeffnet ist. Das ist natuerlich sehr praktisch. In der Naehe konnte ich immerhin hinter hohen Mauern die US-Botschaft und weitere diplomatische Vertretungen sehen. Danach bin ich zum alten Hafen und war dort in der Markthalle mit vielen interessanten kulinarischen Spezialitaeten, am Markt davor und von dort zur russischen Kirche (Uspenskin Katedraali). Diese ist sehr sehenswert und ein Relikt der russischen Herrschaft ueber Finnland. Anschliessend bin ich zum Dom von Helsinki (Tuomiokirkko) der innen eher etwas schlichter gehalten aber von aussen ... read more
Die russische Kirche von Helsinki.
In den Markthallen am Hafen.
Im Ateneum.

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 12th 2016

Den gestrigen Tag habe ich auf See verbracht. Das Schiff war von der Gesellschaft Finnlines und bietet bis zu etwa 500-600 Passagieren Platz. Ich habe lange die Zeit mehr oder weniger schlafend im Bett in meiner schönen Kabine verbracht, bevor ich zum Brunch bin. Dort war ich mit einem Ehepaar zusammen am Tisch, welches schon oft in Finnland aber auch schon in anderen Gegenden der Welt wie in der Antarktis oder mit der Transsibirischen Eisenbahn unterwegs war. Finnland ist eben kein Mainstream-Reiseziel. Nach dem ersten Essen bin ich auf das Sonnendeck (wenn auch nur im Schatten) und habe dort den Nachmittag verbracht. Abends gab es nochmals ein gutes Buffet und danach habe ich den Sonnenuntergang auf See bewundert und viele Fotos gemacht. Das Wetter war während des ganzen Tages sehr schön.... read more
Meine schöne Kabine.
Fahrt nach Helsinki.
Das untere Sonnendeck.

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki June 30th 2016

The weather has been extremely kind, 20 degrees here today and just beautiful to walk around. We are docked quite a way out of town, even though there are docking ports close into the city centre. Walked from where we are docked into the city centre around the bay area, 6klms in, very peaceful and tranquil! Still can't believe with their climate here they are a very big boating nation, hundreds of boats big and small. Went through the local markets both foods and handcraft goods, great area and even saw bear meat for sale! Poor little bears! All sorts of meats here for sale, big hunting nation as well! Helsinki has a really nice feel to it, up and down dale around the city area, it has a lot of Russian feel to it since ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki May 29th 2016

We pulled into a cloudy Helsinki, Finland at approximately 8am and were fully disembarked by 9:30am. At the ferry terminal, we caught a taxi to take us to our nearby hotel, Glo Hotel Kluvvi, just off Helsinki's main pedestrian thoroughfare, the Esplanadi. I had figured that at this point in the trip, we would all be tired of sharing the same room in such close proximity. So for our final destination, we all got our own separate rooms! It was still too early in the morning to check in so we dropped our bags at the hotel and set out to explore. We walked over to the nearby Helsinki Cathedral, one of the most visited sites in Helsinki. This Lutheran church is well known for it's tall green dome which is very distinctive in Helsinki's skyline. ... read more
Sailing Along The Finnish Coastline
Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki January 19th 2016

The brand new airbus 350 was slicing through the skies on its way to Helsinki, Finland. This was a major upgrade from the tiny plane I had used to get to my first layover in JFK. I did my best to try and sleep on this flight, because I had a ten hour layover ahead of me and I was going to try to get as much out of it as possible. The plane descended through some thick grey clouds as it approached the runway and I got to watch it happen in real time through a camera that was setup on the tail and fed through the in-flight entertainment system. This was apparently a new Finnair feature and so very cool. I disembarked and carried my one and only small backpack with me. I would ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 7th 2015

Monday 6 July: Well the big news in this part of the world is that the Greek citizens have resoundingly voted “No”.. That means they do not accept the austerity measures that are required for them to get their credit extended. So that means the banks are basically out of euros and, unless a new deal is negotiated very soon, the country is for all intents and purposes bankrupt. If that happens then they may well have no choice but to leave the Eurozone. All very interesting and we’ll keep an eye on what happens. Another sunny day but the wind was out in force and it was a cold one! Temperature dropped to about 10 in the wind, but out of the wind it was much more pleasant. We caught the ferry to Suomenlinna which ... read more
The church on Suomenlinna
Model of a Finnish ship - you may be able to make out her name which is the same as one of my sisters.
Zachary showing off his new swing technique.

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 5th 2015

Friday 3 July: A quiet day today. We played outside a bit, although the bugs are really out in force. Watched a couple of movies and generally did stuff all. We headed into town in the afternoon and updated emails, blogs etc before going to one of the two restaurants in town. TripAdvisor suggested the food at the pub was better but that the Tower Restaurant was better for children, so that’s the one we chose. I went for a typical Lappish dish of sautéed reindeer with mash, lingonberries, and pickles. Heather chose the Arctic char and pike. Overall the food was okay. The reindeer had no resemblance to venison, it was more like beef. Heather’s char was good but her potatoes and pike not so much. Zachary’s fried chicken was excellent, but he didn’t eat ... read more
A real summer day at the harbour! You can see the SkyWheel on the left. Also on the left the ferry to Tallinn, on the right the one to Stockholm. (Photo by Zachary)
Senate Square, dominated by teh impressive Helsinki Cathedral.
The Sibelius monument.

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki June 27th 2015

An update to let you know about our great day on Thursday and our shambolic day courtesy of FinnAir on Friday. IF I have internet access in Akaslompolo I’ll post some photos of Thursday and do updates as per normal. But if you don’t see a blog for a few days then don’t panic! I’ll update everything next weekend when we get back to Helsinki. Thursday 25 June: A little bit of a sleep-in and then Zachary went and played with the dogs for a while. He really enjoyed throwing them the ball and was able to get them to listen to him. He definitely is a “dog-person”. We then headed for the Givskud Zoo and Safari Park. We parked in the first parking lot and from there walked a loop to see elephants, buffalo, and ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki June 16th 2015

Flight was in uneventful from Chicago to Helsinki. Helps when it is direct flight. feeling a bit jet lagged, but wandered around Helsinki. Went down the sea-edge and the Hesinki Lutheran and Finnish Orthodox cathedrals. Had great dinner that included scalloped beets and live music. We are staying a modest studio apartment along a side canal that we rented from Airbnb.... read more
Finnish (Russian) Orthodox Cathederal
Pam with steer
Enjoying a local band with a glass of wine

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