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Trip Start Dec 23, 2012
Trip End Jan 23, 2013

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Monday, December 24, 2012

Finally arrived in beautiful white Helsinki. Flew with Finnair, excellent airline with new aeroplane, very swish, & service brilliant. Arrived at 3.30pm to -10c & heavy snowfall. Very cool in both meanings of the word. Took the easy option of a taxi to my hotel. Ultra modern & welcoming. Had a quick walk around but most places closed for Christmas eve. 4.30am & still awake watching snow falling outside. Still feels very surreal like I'm not really here! Merry Christmas to all!
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Cristina on

Pretty cool Christmas here too, considering your day of departure temp.
We all had a good day here, dad tucked into a pretty good serve of Christmas dinner, entree & main and after present opening he said he was hungry for dessert! Ate that too!
Evelina loved the reindeer 'jelly bean' poo. . . while mum (misa) wasn't watching, she had at least 6 jelly beans! (And one of Lil's xmas chocy cup cakes!) Then she went out the front garden and ran around in her red tu tu dress like a jumping bean, what a dag!
Heavy snowfall in 'Helsinki' looks beautiful, glad you've got a good coat!
tanti baci
ciao Cristina xxx

sonia72 on

Hope you took a photo of Evelina in her tutu & I hope you all tried a nip of vodka. Called mum in the evening, touched base & she hopefully could hear I'm fine ;)

Cinzia on

Garry took heaps of pics - will send some of our faves
eg: Nonno in funny hat with all his girls

Keep warm

tanti baci

ciao Cinzia

ps: Did you have Roast Turkey for your Chrissie dinner?
or were you brave and tried some of the exotic local cuisine eg: herrings . . . . .

Cinzia on

Oh hey!

Forgot to mention before you flew off into the big blue yonder
. . . if you hadn't bought me a birthday prezzie yet - I would love something from Finland (not a jar of pickled herrings) they are renowned for their modern design, jewellery etc.

I was reading up on shopping in Helsinki - refer to attached link

Reading that they have the largest Department store in Europe
'Stockmann's' - even if you don't buy anything - apparently it is worth the visit just to experience the lovely old building.

and there are also Flea markets e.g Heitalahti

ciao ciao Cinzia

sonia72 on

No Roast Turkey but a lovely dinner all the same, most places closed Xmas day so had it at the hotel restaurant, but as it's a 4 star hotel the meal was really nice. As a treat they gave everyone an appetiser of Roe Mousse & I was very brave & polite eating the whole thing.

Yes, Helsinki & Finland are renowned for modern design. it's evident everywhere. They have a museum/gallery all about it. Shops have been closed since I've been here but I'll check some out. Bear in mind though it's a very expensive country & you pay for design. I saw a necklace I liked & it was only 5000 euro

Cinzia on

Okay - so - a linen tea towel it is then? . . . made in China (not)

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