Helsinki July 2017

Leaving Copenhagen, we flew to Helsinki, the capital of Finland.  Helsinki was established as a trading port by King Gustav I of Sweden in 1550 but was plagued by poverty and wars until Russia defeated Sweden in the Finnish War and annexed Finland in 1809.  The Russian Czar moved the capital from Turku to Helsinki … Continue reading Helsinki July 2017

Muscat Mar 2016

We flew into Muscat, the capital of Oman, from Dubai and since it was a Friday, we just lazed around the Grand Hyatt Hotel where we stayed.  Muscat has always been an important trading port between the east and the west and was ruled by various indigenous tribes as well as foreigners such as the … Continue reading Muscat Mar 2016