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Suomenlinna Island – Boat trip

If you find yourself in Helsinki you should really try and take a days boat trip to Suomenlinna Island. The island was built in the mid 18th century as a sea fortress when Finland was part of Sweden. 800 people still live on the island. There's a...
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Vantaa to Lappeenranta (and back again) by train

We'd arranged to have one night in Vantaa (a suburb of Helsinki) as we knew we wouldn't be getting there till after midnight. The next day we had to get the train to Lappeenranta where we were due to stop for a night. The train journey from...
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Lappeenranta

After a one night stop over in a suburb of Helsinki called Vantaa, we headed up to Lappeenranta, a city in South-Eastern Finland. This place is not on the usual European tourist trail but after Helsinki, it's the most visited place in Finland by...
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Scandinavia

Click on the pins on the map above for more information. The Trip We recently spent 12 nights travelling around Scandinavia. We managed to squeeze a lot in; visiting Finland, Sweden and Norway on this whistle-stop tour. Trips like this allow you...
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Review // Downtown Camper hotel in Stockholm (my new favourite hotel)

The Room (517) I really enjoyed sitting here (probably contemplating world domination) drinking a nice coffee and just watching the world go by below me. This was a really nice touch to the room. Not a bad pic by Serena actually. Two...
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Bristol to Helsinki, Finland

Bristol has a fantastic brand spanking airport, in fact it's my favourite airport. I hate having to fly from any other airport in the UK. Especially Heathrow or Gatwick but needs must. We decided to get the coach from Bristol direct to Heathrow...
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Lijiang

We had a thoroughly nice time in Lijiang. Our trip coincided with the 'Naxi Torch Festival' which is an ancient folk custom where fires and torches are lit for three days. There are many stories about where the festival originated but essentially...
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Tiger Leaping Gorge

We visited 'Tiger Leaping Gorge' as part of a day trip from Lijiang. It's located about 60km north of Lijiang and takes a couple of hours to get there. There are many tour operators in Lijiang to choose from that will take you there. Trip...
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Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is a must see if you find yourself in Beijing. It's a very interesting place to visit especially in light of everything that has happened there over the years. It's worth setting aside a few hours for exploring Tiananmen Square and...
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Flight over Mount Everest in a light aircraft

I took a short pleasure flight in a light aircraft over the Himalayas and Mount Everest. I was a bit underwhelmed by the experience but it was still enjoyable and it was nice to survive this rather bumpy flight. Trip date May 2011 You...
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