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Woke up this morning in Helsinki..another city and another country..but it's a nice change. The hotel was really good and so was the breakfast, finally had a great cup of tea as they actually had skim milk .. We got on the bus and took a tour around the city.. Our guide was pretty good. Poor Finland has independence but over the years they were taken over by Sweden..then Russia and on it goes.. The Finns have a great competition with ...
... because for some reason or other they have dug up the Romanoffs to collect DNA or something so it hasn't been fixed up.. The cathedral is quite grand on the inside and below it there is a burial chamber for the children's of the Tsars. There is a statue of Peter the great and it was really terrible.. I am sure the artist would have been sent to the Salt mines in Siberia after making it .. Apparently Peter was a weak looking man with small shoulders ...
... back to Helsinki was a bit rolling today, making me feel a bit queasy in the stomach so I tried to distract myself by doing a bit of shopping …. it worked a treat. We also played cards and it was great to see that the kids are really improving, thinking a lot more strategically and also about how to outsmart their father (it tends to be the kids and I onto Lyndon, we even high five and shout when we are occasionally able to stitch him up).
... came T-8hrs stating that our A380 KUL-LHR flight has been retimed to depart some NINE hours later!!
Thank goodness Finnair is part of oneworld so we were placed on the next available LHR-HEL flight.
We ended up arriving in Helsinki after 11pm and with the jet-lag and time difference, I could not manage to sleep until 4am.
... time too, is very hard to get used to in a Finnish Summer. There is no actual night at this time of year. Our bodies are not used to this and even if the curtains are pulled, we go to sleep when it is still light and wake up at 2.00 or 3.00 in the morning to full daylight and have difficulty going back to sleep. In summer the Finns take holidays from work, stay in lakeside cabins that, no matter how basic and rustic, all have saunas. They hike, ...