Travel photos : Russia 2007

Moscow and Volga 2007


I had been talking about a trip to Russia with my friend Hanne. Hence we decided to go there together in June, 2007. My fiancée Mari was not able to come which was a pity (particularly as she speaks much better Russian than Hanne or I).

Russia is a big country and it took some time to negotiate which part of it we should head to. Hanne would have liked to go to Siberia while I preferred southern parts of Russia and the Black Sea (possibly Ukraine, too). As a compromise solution we decided to go to river Volga, more particularly to the republics of Tatarstan and Mari El.

Our itinerary was Helsinki – St. Petersburg – Moscow – Holmi festival – Kazan – Yoshkar-Ola – Kozmodemyansk – Moscow – Tver – St. Petersburg – Helsinki (last few etapes I made alone since Hanne stayed in Moscow).

Accommodation was mostly arranged via Hospitality Club accommodation network.

See the 705 photos that I took: the first etape was from Helsinki to St. Petersburg by a Russian bus.


Other travel photos:

Åland and Uppsala 2010

Åland and Uppsala

I visited Åland islands (an autonomous part of Finland) and Uppsala (a city in Sweden) in June, 2010 with Mari and our friend Inka. The places were near but it still was the first time for me in both of them.

Places in Åland: Mariehamn, Jomala, Eckerö, Sund church, Kastelholm castle.

Places in Uppsala: Cathedral, Linnéträdgården, Gamla Uppsala.

Places on the way: Grisslehamn and Eckerö Linjen.

Armenia 2009


I was in Armenia with my sister Nina in May/June, 2009. We were there to visit some monasteries, to see beautiful landscapes and to enjoy good food.

Monasteries: Sanahin, Haghpat, Haghartsin, Goshavank, Sevanavank, Tatev, Khor Virap, Geghard.

Cities: Yerevan, Et¨miadzin, Gyumri.

Other places: Noraduz, Selim Pass, Garni Temple.

Guadeloupe and Dominica 2007

Guadeloupe and Dominica

Mari and I, we visited Guadeloupe, Dominica and the Saints (Les Saintes) between them in November/December, 2007. It was our honeymoon trip.

Places in Guadeloupe: Pointe-ā-Pitre, Sainte-Rose, Soufričre, Le Moule.

Places in Dominica: Roseau, Portsmouth, Cabrits, Pennville, Marigot, Carib Territory, Saint Sauveur.

Les Saintes: Terre-de-Haut, Terre-de-Bas.

See also my separate Roseau photo pages.

Russia 2007

Moscow and Volga

I visited Russia with my bestman Hanne in June, 2007. Our main destinations were Moscow, Kazan and the Mari El Republic but we also visited, for instance, the Holmi festival.

Some of the places where we visited: Moscow, Borovsk, Holmi festival, Kazan, Yoshkar-Ola, Kozmodemyansk, Tver, Saint Petersburg.

Croatia 2005

From Helsinki to Zagreb and back

I participated in a car trip to Croatia and back. A friend was moving there and needed someone to drive the car. The trip was made in September/October, 2005.

Way there: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Czech Republic, Austria and Slovenia.

Main destination: Croatia.

Way back: Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

France 2004

France and Europe

I made a train trip in Europe with my girlfriend (who later became my wife) Mari in July, 2004. Our main destination was France. We also met my sister Nina and her dog Hyena in the Spanish side of the Pyrenees.

Latvia, Poland and Germany, Netherlands, France, French Basque Country and Navarre.

Tenerife, Canary Islands (1999 & 2001)


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