Rainy Helsinki

Trip Start May 03, 2012
Trip End May 14, 2012

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Thursday, May 10, 2012

Today we toured Helsinki, Finland via boat and bus and had a local guide tell us all about the Finland history and modern sites. The day started out pretty cold, rainy and overcast. The sun only came out at the end of our tour.   As we toured the Gulf of Finland, Brett said it reminded him of North Bay in Canada.  There are 310 rocky islands that sit in the bay. Some are uninhabited and others have full time homes and businesses and others just have summer cottages. 

The architecture in Finland is a combo of old Scandinavian, Russian and contemporary.  Finland was part of Sweden for 600 years, then Russia for 100 years and only gained its independence in 1917.  The city is very clean and easy to navigate.  The Baltic region had a very cold and snowy winter this year, so locals are excited to have the snow melted and seem to enjoy every bit of sun that they can get. Our guide wanted to take us to every park in Helsinki.  We Buffalonians can relate!

Reindeer and moose are plentiful animals in Finland so we see a lot of vendors selling fur and products made of antler.  If I wasn't against wearing real fur, there are some beautiful hats that I would love to wear. 

Back on the ship we enjoyed a show by an illusionist. How these magicians are able to cut a woman in half amazes me every time!

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Don S on

Nice sunset photos! ... I did not realize that Russia had ruled over Finland for 100 years. What an interesting mix of architecture!

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