Photo Journal : Northern Europe

It has been a relaxing and peaceful eight days exploring the Northern European cities – Stockholm, Tallinn and Helsinki.  I was lucky to be around during the mid-summer festival, where everyone is out enjoying the many festivals around town.  It is a big celebration for them after a long freezing winter.

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People enjoying the Pride Parade at Helsinki Esplanade Park

 

 

 

 

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Helsinki
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Old Town, Tallinn, Estonia
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Mid-summer festival @ Djurgarden in Stockholm
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One of the many food vendors at Market Hall in Helsinki

 

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Men enjoying their coffee and the action ar the harbor
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The sky at 9pm… The night is still young…

 

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There were seagulls everywhere. I was often woken up with their hungry screams ( which I have mistaken several times as a child throwing a tantrum) and lonely cries in the morning.  When you buy food at outdoor vendors, the staff will remind you to watch out for the seagulls as they will snatch your meal!
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Helsinki,Finland

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Most transportation in these three cities run on an honesty system.  No one checks if you have paid your fare, especially on trams.  I can not imagine that working in other cities like NYC.
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My favorite restaurant in Tallinn. Great food and excellent service.
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Suomenlinna In Helsinki

 

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Inhabited sea fortress of Suomenlinna.

The ranking of walkability of the three cities is – Tallinn, Stockholm, Helsinki. All three cities are walkable and pedestrian -friendly.  Many areas, like Old Town quarters, are closed to vehicles.  There is no need to be extra cautious while crossing the streets as drivers are not aggressive and respect pedestrian rights-of-way.

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Love walking through these small alleys in Old Town, Stockholm
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A nice stroll around the Old Town quarter
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Something about the cobble stones..

 

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View of Stockholm city – beautiful even on a cloudy day

What I love most about these countries is that everyone is so friendly and polite. Being surrounded by such wonderful people makes my trip a memorable one.

Author: Pearl

I have always loved traveling but did not venture out on my own until I was in my mid-20s. After my first solo adventure to Vietnam, I have fallen in love with the freedom and exhilaration of traveling alone. I would like to use this blog to document my travels and record memorable stories I do not want to forget. It will be a platform to share useful information and hear about others' experiences and thoughts, not necessarily about travels but also on life in general. Live a simple and meaningful life, enjoy learning along the way, travel the world and explore the unknown!

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