Blonde Finns in the park with their bicycles

     

An unusually hot day

     

Skateboard

     

Summer

     

Traffic

     

People at the Helsinki Festival

     

Kaivopuisto Park, Helsinki

     

Street art: clotheslines with colorful clothes in downtown Helsinki

     

Brave - or, rather, unfortunate - cyclists were battling with the severe weather

     

Dragged

     

Open air cafe

     

Main station

     

An unlikely procession at the Helsinki Festival

     

Music of dubious quality at the Helsinki Festival

     

Park

     

Seaside boxing

     

Kaivopuisto Park

     

Klop or Kubb, a game where wooden blocks must be knocked over by throwing other wooden blocks at them

     

A fairly unique-looking building (perhaps Art Nouveau?)

     

Helsinki harbor

     

Helsinki Harbor

     

Hurry

     

A Finnish theatre showing Dostoevsky's The Idiot

     

Watching

     

One of Helsinki's marinas

     

Mom (beside the playground)

     

Family

     

A well-deserved nap

     

These guys aren't sure why they're here

     

Picnic utopia - car wrecks and old computers covered by moss

     

Fleeing inside

     

In the Rock Church (Temppeliaukio Kirkko)

     

Shadow

     

Helsinki Harbor

     

Even the snow-white Cathedral looked gray

     

Sofiankatu and its atmospheric lamps and old-fashioned phone booth

     

Sofiankatu

     

The stairs leading up to Helsinki Cathedral

     

Helsinki Central

     

Helsinki residential

     

Many residential streets were nearly devoid of all life

     

Swing

     

A summer chat

     

The Finnish language is complex and related to few others (it's not related to the rest of the Scandinavian languages like Swedish)

     

Homeward bound

     

Traffic

     

Adding a few Greek-style columns doesn't give a building character

     

Red skirt

     

Lake in Nuuksio National Park

     

Nuuksio, an hour from Helsinki, is a beautiful forested area peppered with lakes

     

Hiking trail in Nuuksio National Park

     

Wooden hut in the national park full of firewood

     

Boat

     

Swim

     

The photo was taken on the signposted orange hiking trail in Nuuksio

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