Helsinki - a Summer Full of Fun!
East meets west in Helsinki, Finland in a culture clash that's more blend than battle. This uncompromisingly western city contains all the things you expect, such as advertising, coffee shops and fast food, along with charming Russian habits like overwhelming hospitality (once you reach behind the nominally shy Finnish exterior), a passion for life and ...saunas.
Ideal for cheap weekend breaks, Helsinki is a small city of around 500,000 people and the city draws you in with that beautiful small-town feel - it's easy to get around, the locals are very friendly and nature plays a big part in the attractions.
Head for the harbourside for a spot of people-watching, sample the good food and shop til you drop in the markets. Pick yourself up a fluffy hat and a selection of kitsch souvenirs. Wander the street stalls and marvel at how almost everyone is on a mobile phone. (You are, after all, in the land of Nokia!)
A word to the wise - if you're lucky enough to strike up a friendship with a local, they'll likely invite you for coffee or a sauna. It's rude to refuse so just sit back and enjoy! Weekend getaways are indeed the way to ease tensions.
There's plenty to see and do in Helsinki. Much of it revolves around the harbour but the surrounding countryside in summer is nothing short of spectacular!
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