Tallinn roof tops

Day 3. A Day in Tallinn, Estonia

During the night we experienced a thunderstorm with heavy rain but thankfully it had passed by morning although it was a dull start to the day.  After an early breakfast we travelled into Helsinki in order to take the 8.30 am Eckerö Line ferry across to Tallinn in Estonia.  Over the years we've made many …

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Sunbathing beside the lake in Luukki, Espoo, Finland

Day 16. Lovely Luukki, Espoo

A favourite beauty spot of ours in the Helsinki/ Espoo region is Luukki.  Getting there without a car is relatively easy by taking bus no. 345 from outside the Central Railway Station, journey time being 45 minutes with buses running every hour.  Shortly after passing a Shell petrol station you will see a blue sign …

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Tammerkoski Rapids, Tampere

Day 20. Delightful Tampere

We took an inter-city train from Helsinki to Tampere.  VR Finnish trains are very comfortable and smooth, run on a wider gauge than English trains and have an upper deck.  We booked seats upstairs so that we could enjoy the best views along the 90 minute journey. Tampere is Finland's third largest city and is …

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Turku

Day 23. A day in Turku, Finland

Our younger son's birthday and a day out in Turku located on the south west coast of Finland was the plan, it's Finland's oldest city and former capital.  We booked seats on a Pendolino service departing around 9.00 am.  The train was very clean and comfortable for our two hour journey and arrived on time. …

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