S: BALTIC TRIP - VOLUME 2 - SWEDEN & FINLAND - 2010
FC: SWEDEN & FINLAND | BALTIC TRIP - 2010
1: SWEDEN OUR FIRST PORT OF CALL. HERE WE VISITED. 1) THE VASA MUSEUM 2) THE ROYAL ARMORY MUSEUM 3) THE CITY OF STOKHOLM 4) THE HISTORIC OLD TOWN
4: to Stockholm, Sweden | Welcome | Tuesday July 13 2010
5: We get ready to board our bus for our tour of STOCKHOLM
6: Views of the city of Stockholm from our tour bus.
7: The Vasa Museum
9: The Vasa is the world's only surviving 17th century ship. She sank on her maiden voyage on August 10, 1628. The ship was rediscovered and raised in 1961, after having rested on the sea floor for 333 years. With more than 95% of the original structure and incredibly beautiful ornamentation intact, the Vasa provides a unique insight into the early 17th century.
10: THE VASA
11: Modern reconstruction of what the crew of the Vasa may have looked like | Skeletal remains of some the Vasa crew
12: REMAINS OF THE BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENTATION THAT WAS FOUND ON THE VASA
14: MORE BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS OF STOCKHOLM FROM OURTOUR BUS.
22: THE MUSEUM AT THE ROYAL ARMOURY.
26: KNIGHTS IN SHINNING ARMOR
28: ROYALTY | AT IT'S BEST.
29: ROYAL CROWNS, COSTUMES JEWELS AND MENUS.
30: BEAUTIFUL ROYAL CARRIAGES AND EVEN A ROYAL MOUSE.
32: GETTING READY FOR THE ROYAL BALL AT THE PALACE.
33: ENTERING THE HISTORIC OLD TOWN
34: DO YOU THINK WE CAN MAKE | THE GUARD SMILE !!!!!
36: QUAINT NARROW STREETS FILLED WITH SHOPS AND CAFES.
37: YES..... I SEE IT TOO !!!!!
38: Hi, my name is Inga and my husband on the next page is Hans.......
39: and we want to know if you speak a Swedish or a Finnish ???
40: BACK IN THE STAR PRICESS
41: Another wonderful dinner and fabulous bottle of wine.
42: GOT TO | KEEP ON
44: FINLAND OUR SECOND PORT OF CALL HERE WE VISITED 1) CITY OF HELSINKI 2) SENATE SQUARE 3) KAUPPATORI MARKET SQUARE 4) SIBELIUS PARK 5) TEMPPELIAUKO ROCK CHURCH
45: Facts about Finland Population : 5 356 358 inhabitants Capital : Helsinki with 583 549 inhabitants Languages : 92% Finnish, 6% Swedish Religion : 80% Lutheran, 1% Orthodox Currency : Euro | Form of Government : Sovereign parliament republic since 1917 headed by president Mrs. Tarja Halonen
46: THIS IS HOW THE LOCALS CLEAN THEIR RUGS. | Wednesday July 14 2010
47: HELSINKI IS ALSO KNOWN AS THE DAUGHTER OF THE BALTIC.
48: USPENSKI ORTHODOX CATHEDRAL
49: HELSINKI | VIEWS OF | CITY
50: HELSINKI LUTHERAN CATHEDRAL
51: The Cathedral is the most outstanding landmark and favorite religious building in Helsinki. | The cathedral was originally built in 1830 - 1852 | The people of Helsinki gather outside the cathedral to welcome the New Year. | The Lutheran Cathedral on the north side of Helsinki, dominates the Senate Square.
53: THE MAJESTIC BEAUTY OF THE HELSINKI CATHEDRAL
54: The Havis Amanda Fountain with a bronze statue of the naked nymph is located at Kauppatori (Market) Square. | WHERE IS MY HUNTING RIFLE WHEN I NEED IT ?
56: We walked all over the Kauppatori (Market) Square. Even enjoyed a nice cold beer on a rare HOT day in Helsinki.
59: THE OLYMPIC STADIUM WAS USED FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES OF 1952. ORIGINALLY, FINLAND WAS PLANNING TO HOST THE GAMES IN 1940, BUT THE WAR MADE THAT IMPOSSIBLE, SO THE ART-DECO STADIUM HAD WAIT ANOTHER DOZEN YEARS.
60: SIBELIUS PARK
61: Sibelius Park with a huge monument in stainless steel honoring Jean Sibelius, the great nationalistic composer who helped keep the ethnic consciousness alive. | During the Russian period, it was actually illegal to play "FINLANDIA" or some of his works, because of the patriotic stirring they prompted in the Finnish soul.
62: Temppeliauko Rock Church
64: HELSINKI TRAIN STATION
65: BOARDING THE "TOLSTOY" TO MOSCOW
68: THIS WAS THE VIEW FROM OUR TRAIN CABIN AT 12:00 MIDNIGHT. IT DID NOT TURN DARK UNTILL ABOUT 2:30 AM AND ONLY FOR ABOUT ONE HOUR. WE HOWEVER DID SLEEP WELL AND WERE READY FOR OUR NEXT MORNING IN ......MOSCOW........
69: M O S C O W
71: WE GOT OUR RUSSIAN VISAS READY, SO MOSCOW HERE WE COME !!!! STAY TUNNED TO VOLUME 3 RUSSIA MOSCOW & ST. PETERSBURG