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... over at
Singapore - the airport there is amazing.
It took us 15 mins just to get across the terminal from our landing gate
to our departure gate. Again the plane
left on time. We arrived at sunrise
(about 6.00 am) in Helsinki, Finland.
What an amazing touch down with snow everywhere. Yep first time to see actual snow! The city was covered in it and the runways
were cleared with snow ploughs. We had a
2 hour stop over - the airport ...
... well preserved, we both stood in awe for quite some time.
We finally found a map and worked out our location and went in search for Mannikin Pis. On the way we found a giant painting of a comic strip of Tintin, it was fantastic and apparently there are hundreds throughout the city.
We found Mannikin Pis easily and were surprised at how small he was. As we were about to leave the fountain in search for his sister we were stopped by ...
... courtesy of the Chief Engineer and a fire drill this afternoon with a make believe fire and casualty in the engine room. We were observers for the main part but from the deck. We had first hand experience of the emergency generator being fired up (made by Caterpillar – it is about 2 metres high and 3 metres long, so a chunky bit of kit) and it makes quite a racket when you are standing beside it.
As you can see, we have had quite a day today ...
... last stop so we happily set up and had lunch before an afternoons explore. It was very easy to get into the city but Joan did have a bit of a time navigating us all around the one way cobbled streets. We found a parking space by a little church and set off into the streets in search of interesting architecture and a place to have a last Gypsy meal later that night. I did mention that Bruges was Medieval and to the main part that is true but some of it has been ...
... city. All government/business is conducted in both languages. After breakfast and coffee, all of us except Jean-Marc piled into their car and headed for the main part Brussels. They pointed out stuff along the way and eventually we parked and got out to walk around. They took us to this amazing pita place for lunch. Most of us got Sarah's recommendation of one with chicken, lettuce, caramelized onions and feta in it. It was so good and they ...