Finland, Estonia & Russia……

HELSINKI………

Helsinki Station.

Helsinki Station.

Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral

Helsinki Lutheran Cathedral

Rock Church, Helsinki.

Rock Church, Helsinki.

Rock Church, all that is visible from outside except for the entrance.

Rock Church, all that is visible from outside except for the entrance.

TALLIN…………..

Overlooking the old town

Overlooking the old town

Old palace, now a museum/art gallery on the edge of Kadriorg Park

Old palace, now a museum/art gallery on the edge of Kadriorg Park

Old and narrow alley-ways in the old town

Old and narrow alley-ways in the old town

…and…AMAZING ST.PETERSBERG……….

…and on to Sweden.

Lake Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden, 140 kms long

Lake Vanern, the largest lake in Sweden, 140 kms long

Water front on Norrmalm, Stockholm.

Water front on Norrmalm, Stockholm.

City Hall, Stockholm.

City Hall, Stockholm.

The Great Hall in City Hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held prior to ceremony for awards in medicine, chemistry, mathematics, physics and literature.

The Great Hall in City Hall, where the Nobel Prize Banquet is held prior to ceremony for awards in medicine, chemistry, mathematics, physics and literature.

Vasa, the 17th century galleon which sank just minutes after sailing on its maiden voyage. After 333 years it was salvaged from the ocean. A truly amazing sight to see, it stands 4 storeys high. It sank because it was top heavy.

Vasa, the 17th century galleon which sank just minutes after sailing on its maiden voyage. After 333 years it was salvaged from the ocean. A truly amazing sight to see, it stands 4 storeys high. It sank because it was top heavy.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm's old town that dates back to the 13th century.

Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town that dates back to the 13th century.

Silicon models of the famous group at the ABBA Museum.

Silicon models of the famous group at the ABBA Museum.

SS Stockholm that we cruised through the archipelago.Stockholm has nearly 30,000 islands, islets and rocky outcrops.

SS Stockholm that we cruised through the archipelago.Stockholm has nearly 30,000 islands, islets and rocky outcrops.

Views in the archipelago. Many large homes but with wooden cottages side by side. The archipelago spreads 80 kms into the Baltic Sea.

Views in the archipelago.
Many large homes but with wooden cottages side by side. The archipelago spreads 80 kms into the Baltic Sea.

Travels in Norway

All good with us. Now in Norway, weather a bit inclement, but then Bergen has about 320 wet days so we figure you would have to be lucky to strike a sunny one. Rain mainly light and certainly has not stopped us from doing what we have wanted to do.
Cheers Tom.

Cobbled laneway in Stavanger

Cobbled laneway in Stavanger

Edvard Grieg's composer hut on the edge of the fjord near Bergen.

Edvard Grieg’s composer hut on the edge of the fjord near Bergen.

Funicular railway, Bergen. Travel to the top of Mt Floyen, 850 metres in length, 300metres high.

Funicular railway, Bergen. Travel to the top of Mt Floyen, 850 metres in length, 300metres high.

Views of Bergen from top of Mount Floyen.

Views of Bergen from top of Mount Floyen.

View from our hotel. The Bryggen (Norweigian for wharf). A series of Hanseatic buildings lining the side of the fjord, Bergen.

View from our hotel. The Bryggen (Norweigian for wharf). A series of Hanseatic buildings lining the side of the fjord, Bergen.

Village of Telavag, played an important role in the secret North Sea boat traffic between Norway & Great Britain. Later razed by the Gestapo, woman and children held in prison camp in Norway. The men imprisoned in Nazi camp at Sachsenhausen, 31 were murdered. After the war the village was rebuilt.

Village of Telavag, played an important role in the secret North Sea boat traffic between Norway & Great Britain. Later razed by the Gestapo, woman and children held in prison camp in Norway. The men imprisoned in Nazi camp at Sachsenhausen, 31 were murdered. After the war the village was rebuilt.

St Mary's, Bergen. Stared in 1130 & completed around 1180. The oldest building in Bergen.

St Mary’s, Bergen. Stared in 1130 & completed around 1180. The oldest building in Bergen.

The village of Telavag which was completely destroyed by the Gestapo in WW11, because the villagers were ferrying escaped allied fighters to the Shetland Islands and returning with supplies for the resistance fighters. The village was rebuilt after the war.

The village of Telavag which was completely destroyed by the Gestapo in WW11, because the villagers were ferrying escaped allied fighters to the Shetland Islands and returning with supplies for the resistance fighters. The village was rebuilt after the war.

One of the many hundreds of water falls we have seen in Norway

One of the many hundreds of water falls we have seen in Norway

24.5 kilometre tunnel, the longest land tunnel in the world. There are three sections coloured to mimic a sunset to help keep drivers awake. We travelled through a total of 144 tunnels in Scandinavia.

24.5 kilometre tunnel, the longest land tunnel in the world. There are three sections coloured to mimic a sunset to help keep drivers awake. We travelled through a total of 144 tunnels in Scandinavia.

One of many ferry crossings on the fjords

One of many ferry crossings on the fjords

View from our morning tea table to the glacier which only 20 years ago was touching the glacial pool just outside the window of the cafe.

View from our morning tea table to the glacier which only 20 years ago was touching the glacial pool just outside the window of the cafe.

Seven Sisters waterfall tumbling down the rock face on the Geiranger Fjord.

Seven Sisters waterfall tumbling down the rock face on the Geiranger Fjord.

More of Norway ….

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Wonderful, Wonderful Copenhagen.

…. Tom & Heather – loving this wonderful city.

'The Round Tower' - once was an observatory.

‘The Round Tower’ – once was an observatory.

The ramps up the inside of the Round Tower - 7 1/2 twists then 20 stairs to the viewing platform.

The ramps up the inside of the Round Tower – 7 1/2 twists then 20 stairs to the viewing platform.

View from the platform.

View from the platform.

View along the canal in the 'Old Town' of Copenhagen.

View along the canal in the ‘Old Town’ of Copenhagen.

The Marble Church behind the palace where Mary, Fred and the children live.

The Marble Church behind the palace where Mary, Fred and the children live.

The dome inside the Marble Church.

The dome inside the Marble Church.

Real Danish pastry - and, yes it tastes as good as it looks.

Real Danish pastry – and, yes it tastes as good as it looks.

The Bridge - Copenhagen to Malamo in Sweden.

The Bridge – Copenhagen to Malamo in Sweden.

…..Mair Frae Scotland

Message from Tom & Heather –

Having a great time and the weather has been very kind to us.
Cheers Tom.
The Black Cuillins, Skye

The Black Cuillins - Isle of Skye.

The Black Cuillins – Isle of Skye.

The Black Cuillins - Isle of Skye

The Black Cuillins – Isle of Skye

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Laird Tam in session.

Laird Tam in session.

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Glencoe Pass

Glencoe Pass

"The Falkirk Wheel" - the rotating boat lift on the Forth & Clyde canal which raises (& lowers) boats by 24 metres.

“The Falkirk Wheel” – the rotating boat lift on the Forth & Clyde canal which raises (& lowers) boats by 24 metres.

"The Kelpies" - 99 foot tall stainless steel sculptures located on either side of the Forth & Clyde canal - Falkirk

“The Kelpies” – 99 foot tall stainless steel sculptures located on either side of the Forth & Clyde canal – Falkirk

A Toast to Scotland…

Here’s tae us
Wha’s like us
Damn few,
And they’re a’ deid
Mair’s the pity! 

Then let us toast John Barleycorn,
Each man a glass in hand
And may his great prosperity
Ne’er fail in old Scotland!      ………….Robert Burns.

Tom and Heather continue their Scottish adventure ….

The Edinborough Tattoo

The Edinborough Tattoo

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The Royal & Ancient St. Andrews golf course.

The Royal & Ancient St. Andrews golf course.

Glamis Castle in Angus. ( Possibly the ancestral home of the 'Hendrys' )

Glamis Castle in Angus.
( Possibly the ancestral home of the ‘Hendrys’ )

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To be continued ……