No fight with the Finnish. Or, so long, Helsinki and thanks for all the turtles.

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I last left you with the image of the hero of our story (me) standing under ominously condensing clouds and bidding farewell in Senate Square to the travelers who had a differently arranged tour agenda in Finland than I. Our guide, Frederick, gathered the …

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Finland Part two. Or I’ve got a Helsinki feeling

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One of the aspects of Stockholm I found so appealing was the abundance of preserved buildings. Though you see many Neoclassical buildings from the 19th century, Stockholm retains a broad range of architecture from with structures ranging from the late Renaissance to Art …

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Finally Finland. Or, to Helsinki and back

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It’s late Thursday afternoon and here’s my remaining itinerary: Tonight: Ride the ferry overnight across the Baltic Sea from Stockholm to Helsinki Friday morning: Arrive in Helsinki; Three hour guided bus tour Friday afternoon: Two to four hours to wander …

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Dancing out of the rain. Or, the high point of Stockholm

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It’s Thursday morning. And it’s raining again. Steadily. Still, those of us who are booked on the cruise to Helsinki can use the few remaining hours between breakfast and boarding the bus to take us to the ferry – which …

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No Abba in sight. Or, is that the Skansen Queen?

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(Disclaimer: Yes, I know the correct pronunciation is SKAHN-sn but you probably didn’t know that and you do know that I’m compulsive.) After my visit to the Vasa Museum, I took another peek at the queue outside the Abba Museum and, still …

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Taking Stock (holm): So much to see, so little time. Or, Vasa up, Doc?

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You probably read the first part of the header for today’s entry and thought, “Well, he could have written that about Copenhagen or Oslo.” And you’d be right. So why hold it in reserve for my short stay in Stockholm? My first answer …

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How Sweden it is!

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Quick. Think of an island city with lots of canals. I’ll go out on a limb here and guess that the first city that came to mind was Venice, Italy. And with good reason. It’s the oldest, the showiest, the …

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And Norway we go!

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Well, it’s Tuesday morning and, after eight days, we’re saying farewell to Norway. It’s a drive of about 120 kilometers to the Swedish border and 525 to Stockholm. Based on the roads, a stop to change our Norwegian krones to …

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Bringing down the Lillehammer and closing the Norwegian circle

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Those of you who are, say, over 30 years old, possibly have some memory of the 1994 Winter Olympics that Lillehammer hosted. However, it’s probably not a stretch to say that my most vivid memory of that Olympics is quite different …

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Hi Ho, Hi ho, off to Oslo we go

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The last week of this trip begins with another long bus ride for me and, inevitably, another history lesson for you. The last nine photos and one video in the photo album about Geirangerfjord linked in yesterday’s post are from the …

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