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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki December 22nd 2017

Finally we are back to first world airlines that aren't owned by the King. As you'd expect Copenhagen has a smicko airport (which you'd expect given it costs $200 just to see it). Taking dogs on the plane (or maybe just walking them at the airport is a thing. There is a nice Jack Russel on our flight. Just before we board he has to go in his little soft crate. We arrive in Helsinki (taxi fare not quite as bad as Copenhagen), but it is very cold. Helsinki seems really small compared to Copenhagen (and very cold). Our hotel is right in the centre and there is an ice skating rick across the road in the square. First up we have lunch at a burger joint. I know its cheating but I feel justified as ... read more
Natural History Museum
Aerial view of Helsinki

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki December 17th 2017

r Sunday 17 December 2017 Helsinki – Tallinn - Helsinki An early start, meant that breakfast this morning was a buffet on board the ferry. The ferry to Tallinn left punctually at 6.00am. We were taken by b... read more
Ferry trip to Tallinn 3 hrs (18)
Tallinn Old Town (45)
Ferry trip to Tallinn 3 hrs (13)

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki December 16th 2017

Sat 16 December 2017 Rovaniemi / Helsinki Early this morning, we transfer to the train station and boarded an all day train south, to the Finnish capital of Helsinki. This was after a 4.45am early morning call through the hotel TV as well as a phone call. We were all punctual, meeting in the foyer at 5.20am. Heck we were all good travellers!! We had a 5 minute bus trip to the train station only to have to wait 10 minutes before the train doors were unlocked. It was a bit cold at -8 degrees! Once on the train and after packing away all our suitcases, we settled down to the 8.5 hour train trip. The train was very comfortable with a dining carriage for plenty of coffee and lunch. Some of us caught up with ... read more
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Catching train to Helsinki from Rovaniemi (1)
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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki October 26th 2017

Yesterday was our last morning in Russia, and our driver was booked for 10.00am, to take us to Finlyandsky Station in Saint Petersburg to catch our train to Helsinki, Finland. Our Hotel provided us with an official document for Russian Border Control, confirming that we have stayed in their hotel all five nights whilst in Saint Petersburg. We also had with us our passports and a document provided by the Russian Consulate in Sydney, confirming receipt of a Letter of Invitation from our Hotel to stay at their place of accommodation. The young Receptionists at our hotel were all very friendly and helpful, and interested to hear about Australia. One of the Receptionists was very excited when Kim gave her some Australian coins as a gift for her helpfulness, with kangaroos on them. Arriving at the ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki September 11th 2017

Since John’s making the most of his sore toe I was left to take the Helsinki City and Sibelius tour on my own. I sat with the women from our Trivia Team in the World Stage while we waited for our tours. They were taking the Helsinki by Land and Sea tour. The person calling the tours is very good and having a good time this morning. Someone left their bag on the stage (a big flowered one) so he checked inside to see if he could identify anything but it contained a smaller bag labeled Big Secrets so he wasn’t about to touch it. Much later a woman did go up front to get it but she didn’t seem to understand his joke about secrets and was trying to find Bob but he didn’t show ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 14th 2017

Au terme de ce voyage, je m'arrête quelques jours à Helsinki. J'ai rejoint la capitale finlandaise en un peu moins de 2 heures et demie depuis Tallinn par l'imposant traversier Finlandia. Son nom donnera d'ailleurs le ton à ma première visite ici, ce qui saura intéresser mes amis musiciens: le monument dédié à Jean Sibelius, qui s'élève vers le ciel dans un joli parc en bordure de la mer. Cet imposant monument d'acier inoxydable a été sculpté par une sculptrice finlandaise et inauguré en 1967. L'ensemble de 600 tuyaux a été très controversé lors de son dévoilement. Le monument met le compositeur en lien avec la nature finlandaise qui lui était si chère. Certains croient, à tort, qu'il représente des tuyaux d'orgue mais c'est en fait une forêt de bouleaux qui y figure, arbres que Sibelius ... read more
Un petit sauna?
C'était vraiment bon!
La cathédrale luthérienne

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 10th 2017

We docked in Helsinki this morning right in the downtown area…..next to the Ferris wheel which many cities now have. There was a morning market set up not too far from the ship along the waterfront. We decided to just go for a walk and find a tourist office. Not too far from the ship is the Finnish President’s residence and there were red carpets set out and some security staff milling around the entrance…..it was obvious that some dignitary was expected. Helsinki is a smallish town and the waterfront is lined with parks and wide sidewalks….we found the tourist office – a free walking tour starting at 10am – and as we left we were treated to a military marching band making it’s way from the central square to the President’s residence. Apparently, there was ... read more
Red Carpet Welcome
Military Parade
Helsinki Library

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 7th 2017

We arrived in Helsinki and headed to Market Square. I bought a key chain which I will hang on my Christmas tree as an ornament. The market has food booths and booths selling a variety of items. From the square we took a water bus to Suomenlinna. There is a fort on the island. The fort was founded in 1748. Construction began when Finland was still part of the Kingdom of Sweden. Finland was part of Sweden for 600 years. Then Russia took control of Finland. In 1918 Finland gained their independencE. We got off the water bus and headed to the information center where we signed up for a English walking tour. Our guide is a college age girl who grew up on the small island and her parents still live here. Our tour took ... read more
Helsinki from the water bus
Fort, the guns were never used
Helsinki Cathedral

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Hanko July 2nd 2017

Nous quittons Helsinki pour aller explorer le ville la plus méridionale de la Finlande... Dans un voyage, il faut toujours pimenter avec des extrêmes... cela donne du sel à votre vie ! En principe Helsinki restera sous la pluie toute la journée... et nous : allons vers le soleil.... En route nous trouverons la petite ville d'Ekenäs dont les maisons et l'église sont parfaitement entretenus... Dans l'église se prépare un baptême... Puis vient le moment de dénicher le camping... des arbres, des arbres et encore des arbres... On fait donc une croix sur la télévision, mais à force de faire tourner l'antenne pour la recherche, l'opérateur d'antenne me dit : "allumage activé"... alors que celle ci est fermée... Plus moyen donc d'ouvrir l'antenne... Heureusement le mail existe et dès la fin du week-end nous recevons la ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki June 30th 2017

Un premier ferry... et nous voila en Finlande... Découverte d'une ville TRES vivante... on nous annoncera à notre arrivée au camping que ce sera le carnaval demain à Helsinki !!!! Nous avons l'habitude de nous choisir des campings qui se trouvent presqu'en ville lors d'une visite qui s'impose... C'est ainsi qu'après une bonne nuit, nous nous levons du bon pied car il fait deja magnifique ce dimanche... Plein soleil et dans la journée jusqu'à 27°.... Pour un carnaval, c'est tout ce qu'il faut ! Ce sera à partir d'Helsinki que notre antenne parabolique ne captera plus la télévision ... Ici l'excuse sera que ce sont les immeubles à appartements qui contournent le camping qui sont fautifs... mais non... Par contre en insistant pour changer de place, nous arriverons à connecter facilement l'internet... C'est déjà ca... Nous ... read more
le train qui nous mènera en ville
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Le musée d'Art contemporain Kiasma




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