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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 20th 2006

Not writing this until St. Pete, because I never found time to find an internet cafe until now. No problem taking the morning train to Helsinki. We made it a leisurely morning. Amy went to a designer store for large fashions just down from our hotel, and then we hit the road. At the train station in Helsinki, the first thing we did was buy our train tickets to St. Petersburg. No problem. Caught the tram to our hotel. Made a slick move that slipped and took an extra five minutes to catch the tram (matters with heavy luggage). The hotel we booked (Hilton) was nice. On a small river (many in Helsinki) and close to town/tram line. Spent the rest of the day exploring Helsinki. A pretty town. Nice market by the water where the ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 20th 2006

As we drew out of the archipelago from Stockholm, our ship was overtaken by a cheeky ferry from the Viking line - which had it had wheels would have been on only two of them as he shot past us. This piece of impudence was like a red rag to our bull on the bridge, our good Captain, who I swear, took up the challenge and sailed to Helsinki as if the devil were after him. The waves were slaming against the sides of the boat all night and the sound of the wind was tremendous! Over and over again I got up and checked out of the port hole to make sure that there was not a mighty storm raging but the sea was barely ruffled. Our captain leveled with the Viking as we approached ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 8th 2006

Geo: 60.3741, 25.0154We drove 3 hours this morning before we reached Helsinki. Kosta took us on a driving tour of the city. We saw churches, a modern art monument to a Finnish composer, an underground rock church, harbour side markets and parliament house. Helsinki is on the coast and the port of full of many cruise boats and ships. Went to check into our hostel. We had twin share rooms and they were very spacious. Anita, Bridget and I walked into town. We browsed shops, market stalls- where we bought yummy cherries from. Checked out the restaurants for somewhere for all of us to have dinner, then it was cider time. We met the rest of the group and ate our last meal as 9 of us. Ate a great Finnish restaurant. I ordered salmon and ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki July 6th 2006

Ever since starting my travels with my Mother, it's been a struggle to log in and blog. She thinks it's a waste of time, waste of money, what's there to say, who's reading anyway, yada yada, and I get her ueber disapproving looks whenever I mention that I want to go internet. Fine, whatever, we are almost to the end anyway. I will write some more when I get home and post some last lovely photos, even though we all know that it just ain't the same to be doing a travelblog from home. Laters, Judy... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Upinniemi July 3rd 2006

That's right!!! Winter is gone, summer is here, I've got 20ish days left in the Navy and things are starting to look good. Our training is all but finished, only some classroom sessions left to go. On one day last week I watched 3 episodes of LOST, which I have been waiting to catch up on since I finished at camp last year, so we haven't exactly been busy. But I'm not complaining about being bored at all, it gives me a chance to get things organised for when I get out of here. Two weekends ago (19st-21st) was Juhannus, basically a huge mid-summer holiday that they celebrate in the typical Finnish fashion. We went to Raumanmeren Juhannus, otherwise known as RMJ 2006 which is the biggest summer music festival here in Finland. I went with ... read more
Lunch Time
Heading to the concert area.
Lundy doing his best to promote 7 Local News in Finland

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki June 29th 2006

First full day in Helsinki and spent most of the day in meetings... But, I did manage to explore the city a bit, which is all you really need because it's not all that big. Took a jaunt over to Senate Square - www.google.com - no time to post pictures right now, and walked around the Government Palace, the Univeristy building and the Cathedral. The Catherdral was by far the most interesting of the buildings sitting high atop a pyramid of large stone steps. The stone statues along the upper roofline were beautiful enhanced only by the lovely seagulls perched on the head of each statue. Perplexed over how to spruce up that ancient historical artifact? For the finest accessory - think Seagull. Available at exclusively at Fred Seagull. Come on... You were thinking it, I ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki June 1st 2006

Hello everyone, The first thing we learned about Finland is that they do not consider themselves to be part of Scandinavia. They do not have mountains and their language is completely different. They draw closer parallels to the Irish temperment. For example, they share an animosity toward authority--especially the police. They are suspicious of anyone trying to be better--people who wear a jacket and tie. The Finns are also suspicious of anyone who speaks Swedish. They learn Swedish in school, but then forget it as quickly as they can. Finland is a full member of the European Union--they also use euros. The group most affected by this union is the Finnish farmer. They lost their subsidies and as a result half have disappeared. By the way, Norway is still not a member of the EU, Sweden ... read more
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Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki May 28th 2006

Hey Everybody, I had a feeling it would be a tough time getting a ride from the T.O. but it never hurts to ask :) We get a discount on Greyhound so its no prob for us to bus it home come Tuesday. Smitty, if you look on my extensive list of dog instructions, you'll see the name of the pet store where we get Annabelle's food. Just bring the old bag with you and ask the people at the front desk to find the right stuff if you are still unsure....by the way, I'm glad to hear your cleaning up after them so....thoroughly! Thanks so much for booking the Holiday Inn for us on our last day Richard!! Your the best!!! We were planning to sleep in the airport our last night but now we ... read more

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki May 25th 2006

Sing it with me....'the love boat, soon we'll be dah dah dah (obviously dont know the words).... okay there's a point to that beginning.... Last night we sailed across from sweden to finland on an extremely large overnight ferry, otherwise affectionately known as the love boat!!! Word is a couple of contiki rebels managed to find a bit of lovin.... however most witnesses reported back with an immense amount of self inflicted sickness....related to the excessive consumption of alcohol, not the swaying of the boat!! The evening started with a karaoke stint, with the aussies happy to clap along to the crazy sweds singing whatever it was that they were singing. For the record, those swedes go off! However, there came a time when the aussies were no longer happy to clap along, they wanted songs ... read more
Helsinki!
Yet another pose....
Uspenski Cathedral

Europe » Finland » Uusimaa » Helsinki May 22nd 2006

Day 15: (21st May) We arrived safely, checked into the hostel at Olymic Stadium, a quick walk around the area and by the lake, to an ATM , then shops for food. Day 16: Monday 22nd: Bright sunshine and warm: Today we started looking around sunny Helsinki by going by ferry to Suomenlinna Fort (4 islands) built by the Swedes in the 18th. century. Very interesting day walking around the islands. Day 17: Cloudy, cold and raining: the weather had changed to rain and more rain. We sorted out our travel plans for the next few journeys, went shopping for gloves as Vera was feeezing ( I already had a pair), had lunch at MacDonald's as it was the only recognizable food. We had a Helsinki Pass so used it again to take a ferry ... read more
Day 16  Finland, Helsinki
Day 16  Finland, Helsinki, Suomenlinna Fort
Day 16  Finland, Helsinki, Suomenlinna Fort




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