We went to some areas in Finland and St.petersburg in Russia

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We went to see aurora in Finland!

 

We transferred at Helsinki airport and arrived at Kittila. The air port is small but cute.

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@We stayed at hotel in Levi where is famous for skiing area. Even in the middle of November, Itfs already covered with snow. The lobby had a fireplace and the atmosphere was nice.

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@We were lucky since the world cup 2012 was held at Levi while we were staying.

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First night, we walked to a lake side and waited about 3 hours to see aurora.

We wore thick winter jacket and a kind of ski wear but it was so cold !!

We were so excited whenever we saw the light like below.

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Italian athletes were staying at the same hotel.   The breakfast was delicious.

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@There are many small shops in the center of Levi. Other hotels are also nice.

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@@@We stopped by grocery stores. Vegetables looked fresh. The prices were the same or little bit expensive than that of Japan

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@We walked around Levi with snowshoes.

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The food in Finland was delicious and we ate meet of rain deer^^;..

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@      Souvenirs looked sophisticated.                     sauna and a Jacuzzi in the hotel

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We went to the World cup ski venue by free shuttle bus. Some tourist places information was held there too.

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@She told us gThis rain deer performed in movies at five times Itfs a movie star!h

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@We entered the game area without buying the tickets since nobody asked us to buy^^.

We were so excited to see these races! Lucky!!

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After then we stopped by the ski area and took gondola. The weather wasnft good so we couldnft see the illuminated town below but we enjoyed it.

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 We moved to Rovaniemi. On the way there, we happened to see wild rain deer.

 There were no service station and drive-in like in Japan and we stopped by a coffee shop to have a rest.

 I love this coffee shop in the snow. Northern European houses have very good atmosphere.

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We went to the Santa Claus village in the suburbs of Rovaniemi. We were taken a photo with Santa Claus.

It cost us about $30 though it was good souvenir for us since this year was our 25th Wedding Anniversary!  .

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@The restaurant in the Santa Claus village.

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    This place is a post office and all staffs wear cute hat.

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 Before we took over night train from Rovaniemi to Helsinki, we stopped by McDonaldfs where itfs located the most northern part in the world.

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@The over night train is called gSanta Claus trainh but there were no photos and Christmas Ornamentc.

 The train was stylish and clean. We love over night train very much!

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 We arrived Helsinki at the early morning and went to the airport.@@

 We took an Air Finland airline.  One of CAs^^;..  It was only less than 1 hour flight to St.petersburg.

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@                               St.petersburg  in Russia

Cathederal

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Catherine Royal Palace.            Everything is magnificence !!

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Hermitage Art Museum

There are plenty of works there such likec

Monet, Rousseau, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Gauguin, Rembrant etc

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At lunch time, we ate at the café in Hermitage.

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 My husband and I love to walk around so whenever we had free time even after we checked in the hotel at night, we went out somewhere. We took a metro that was said it has the longest escalator in the world.@

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    The center of St.petersburg has shopping streets and we stopped by some shopping mall.

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   The last day, we have a time in the morning so we went out to the same area. Sun rise is pretty late in this season. When we arrived there around 9:00AM, it was still dark.

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@We wanted to spend all money (Ruble) and ordered some dishes at the restaurant in a hotel but we found out our Ruble was not enough to pay since we didnft care about 10% service charge so we had to use our card!

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We could see aurora from the airplane from Helsinki !! @This aurora looks green in this photo but when we saw aurora from the window in the airplane was white. We learned most of cases, the color of aurora is white through manfs eyes.

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We enjoyed buying souvenir in Finland.

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