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Old September 14th, 2009, 12:45 AM   #21
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Suomenlinna

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Suomenlinna, until 1918 Viapori (Finnish), or Sveaborg (Swedish), is an inhabited sea fortress built on six islands, and which is nowadays part of Helsinki, the capital of Finland.

Suomenlinna is a UNESCO World Heritage site and popular with both tourists and locals, who enjoy it as a picturesque picnic site. Originally named Sveaborg (Fortress of Svea), or Viapori as called by Finns, it was renamed Suomenlinna (Castle of Finland) in 1918 for patriotic and nationalistic reasons, though it is still also sometimes known by its original name. In Swedish-speaking contexts, the name Sveaborg is usually used.
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Old September 14th, 2009, 02:03 AM   #22
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Great pictures. Looks like you had a nice trip!

Looking forward to see the Riga pics as well
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Old September 15th, 2009, 10:36 AM   #23
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Thanks. It will take some time before we reach Riga, which is at the end of our trip.
A popular daytrip from Helsinki is the wooden city of Porvoo:

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Porvoo is a city and a municipality situated on the southern coast of Finland approximately 50 kilometres east of Helsinki. The town received its name from a Swedish earth fortress near the river Porvoonjoki which flows through the town . Porvoo is one of the six medieval towns in Finland, first mentioned as a city in texts from 14th century. Porvoo is the seat of the Swedish speaking Diocese of Porvoo of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland.
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Old September 15th, 2009, 01:30 PM   #24
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Porvoo looks incredibly charming wooden town. Would be great to live there.
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Old September 15th, 2009, 10:14 PM   #25
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Porvoo looks incredibly charming wooden town. Would be great to live there.
...and incredibly expensive...
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Old September 16th, 2009, 06:29 PM   #26
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A little movie I took witrh my photocamera during the trip from Helsinki in Finland to Tallinn in Estonia.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 03:29 PM   #27
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Same trip in photos:

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Old September 19th, 2009, 11:06 PM   #28
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Tallinn is the capital and largest city of Estonia. It occupies a surface of 159.2 km2 in which 404,000 inhabitants live. It is situated on the northern coast of the country, on the banks of the Gulf of Finland, 80 km south of Helsinki.
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Old September 19th, 2009, 11:19 PM   #29
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Superb shots, lovely architecture and brilliant weather too! Don't you just love those hilly quiet streets with the wooden houses of all colours. :P
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Old September 19th, 2009, 11:27 PM   #30
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Now that's a classy dress for a wedding...

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Headscarf+mini dress?
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Old September 20th, 2009, 10:40 AM   #32
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It's not the best photo (it's not sharp enough and I had some problems with the light) but I liked the dressing... and those legs...
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Old September 20th, 2009, 11:36 PM   #33
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Old September 21st, 2009, 07:06 PM   #34
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Old September 21st, 2009, 11:21 PM   #35
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Most of the pics are amazing, but especially soul-touching for me is 187th. B&W fits really great there.
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 01:41 PM   #36
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Any thread that includes pictures of both my former hometown and my current one is filed under "G" for great.

When are we getting to Riga?

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...and incredibly expensive...
Not compared to Helsinki!
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Old September 22nd, 2009, 03:26 PM   #37
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Those are the best photos I've seen for a long time!
If I had to choose one city to live in my entire life, it would probably be Helsinki. It's kind of a mix between the best parts of Stockholm and Finland, but (at least the impression that I get) without Stockholm's supercilious attitude, a metropol but still a small town, much like my hometown.
And, you've got trams. What more could anyone possibly ask for?
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 10:35 AM   #38
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Thanks guys!
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Most of the pics are amazing, but especially soul-touching for me is 187th. B&W fits really great there.
You can see almost the same shot in full colour on #165.

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Not compared to Helsinki!
Is Helsinki thàt expensive for hiring an apartment?

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When are we getting to Riga?
Patience my friend, we didn't finish Tallinn (and Narva, Tartu and Valga...) yet.

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Those are the best photos I've seen for a long time!
If I had to choose one city to live in my entire life, it would probably be Helsinki. It's kind of a mix between the best parts of Stockholm and Finland, but (at least the impression that I get) without Stockholm's supercilious attitude, a metropol but still a small town, much like my hometown.
And, you've got trams. What more could anyone possibly ask for?
It's a nice city indeed with lots of watersides and green spaces. But there aren't that much architectural gems. Anyway, I like Scandinavian cities.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 12:22 PM   #39
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Is Helsinki thàt expensive for hiring an apartment?
A lot more expensive than Porvoo, when it comes to renting at least. A lot of child families want to own a home in Porvoo so that can be quite expensive but for the rent I'm paying in Helsinki I could live like a sultan in Porvoo, if they built a train track between the cities I just might.
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Old September 23rd, 2009, 04:20 PM   #40
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if they built a train track between the cities I just might.
You mean an upgrade of the existing old train track, only in use by that tourist train on saturday?
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