Baltic Cruise in 2011

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We arrived in Stockholm on the morning of June 3. The weather was beautiful - no, it was gorgeous!

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Near our dock
in the port area
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Another view of the
port area
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Enjoying flowers & weather
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Bee enjoying the weather also

Our goal was to visit the city central where they made a show of changing of the guards.

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Central palace guard
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Guard taking a nap?
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Inside a church
 
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And inside again
 
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Narrow street
 
These photos are a bit out of order, as we traveled from the port to the city central and found an interesting church on the way. I have hard time with the fact that neither of us took a photo of the outside of this church.
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We found a Finnish church right there in the central. In the back yard there was a small statue of a (supposedly) Finnish boy. Well, why waste energy in telling the story when you can find it on the web - one place right here.

Now, let's take a peek at the changing of the guards.
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Tourists arriving
as tour groups
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.. and more..
 
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Two of the guards changing
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The guards to be changed
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And then the band..
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.. began their march ..
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..through the plaza
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A drummers' show
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Then came the gray uniforms
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..a whole bunch of them..
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..and they joined the blues
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.. and seemed to take over
After the changing of the guards ceremony, we returned to the port area, which we found interesting.
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Above: views taken around the Port of Stockholm area. Soon it was time to return to our ship and set sail to Helsinki, Finland, our next port-of-call.
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Leaving Stockholm
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Passing small islands
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Interesting scenery
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Close to the shore

Our next stop was Helsinki, only a short trip across the Gulf of Finland. (Why is it named as the Gulf of Finland when it is in between Finland and Sweden? Shouldn't it have been named "Gulf of Finland & Sweden?)

Enough blabbering! Let's go to Helsinki, the capital of Finland.