In and around Stockholm

Stockholm rain showers soaked us no less than four separate times, something to which you’d think Seattleites would be accustomed. However, when the sun came out, this city definitely showed off its beauty. (Taken June 25-26, 2017. Click images to enlarge.)

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Helsinki, Finland

We weren’t in Finland long, but we did have some of the best food of our entire trip at the Helsinki Market. The grilled salmon platter, salmon chowder, and apple-filled donuts were totally worth the stop. We also took in Temppeliaukio Kirkko, a Lutheran church built into the rock with a copper roof. (Taken Saturday, June 24, 2017, Helsinki, Finland. Click images to enlarge.)

St. Petersburg/Санкт-Петербу́рг

As an American kid growing up during the Cold War, the idea of visiting Russia intimidated me…until I arrived and absolutely fell in love with this city. Gorgeous architecture, stunning canals, kind people, good food. It has become one of my favorite cities on the planet. (Taken June 21st and 23rd in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Click on individual images to enlarge.)