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The 1975 Los Angeles Geographical Society trip was a memorable month long exploration of Russia and the Balkans, beginning in Finland. Leaving LAX on United to Seattle in the morning, we traveled by a Pan American connection to London Heathrow. There we connected with a British Airways flight to Helsinki. (I'm tall and the BA Trident had a very narrow seat pitch!) It was a very full day of flying.

Therefore, we really started seeing Helsinki the following day. First was the Suomenlinna Fortress, seen largely from the harbor in a tour boart. Suomenlinna reflects the history of modern Finland. The fort, overlooking the entrance to Helsinki harbor, was begun by the Swedish administration in 1750. It was expanded during the Russian occupation of Finland in the 19th century to the independence of Finland in 1917. Suomenlinna was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1991.

Returning to Helsinki proper, we visited the harborside Market Square, Senate Square with the Lutheran Cathedral, Temppeliaukio (Rock Church), the Sibelius Monument and the Seurasaari Open-Air Museum. I really enjoyed the Sibelius Monument with its sculpture of Sibelius' head and and large abstract sculpture next to it.

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Helsinki harbor
Helsinki harbor
Senate Square
Senate Square
Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral
Helsinki Cathedral
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Market Square
Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
Temppeliaukio (Rock Church)
The Three Smiths sculpture.
The Three Smiths sculpture.
Finlandia Hall
Finlandia Hall
Helsinki Sheraton.
Helsinki Sheraton.
Seurasaari Open Air Museum
Seurasaari Open Air Museum
Sibelius Monument
Sibelius Monument
Sibelius Monument
Sibelius Monument
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
Fortress of Suomenlinna.
Helsinki
photo by: portia