Frozen world

As the weather has stayed pretty constantly below zero the land is all frozen up and the sea around Helsinki is nicely frozen as well.

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The only open spots of water like this are full of birds and life.

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The sun does not visit the sky for long and reaches its low zenith (this pic taken around noon) only to sink back down. It stays quite bright for a bit longer as the sea and the snow now reflect the light.

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Old villas serve as either living quarters for the wealthy or as museums or restaurants.

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This Café was closed for the day and I continued towards the sea. A small cup of tea or hot chocolate would have been nice to warm me up but alas it was not meant to be.

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Summer cottage beside a national museum area.

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To the south Lauttasaari and the frozen sea in between and beyond it. Skiers, walkers, dogs, all were merrily moving around and enjoying the outdoors life.

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The large hospital is renovated and stands as a huge boxy landmark in Meilahti.

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A chance encounter with a rather nice little dog and its owners left me with a couple of fun dog pictures. The coat is necessary with the temperature hovering near -25 centigrade.

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Olympic rowing was done pretty much under my feet in the summer games of 1952.

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This boat however won’t be going anywhere for a while, being frozen into the sea.

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One of the nicest small cafes you can visit in Helsinki is located nearby. Exceptionally good buns and a lovely atmosphere await the visitor.

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Cafe Regatta is very small inside but refreshments can be enjoyed outside as well. There is also a possibility to grill sausages Finnish style in the fire outside.

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Traditional sleigh for kids and adults alike.

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