Wooden houses so beautiful that they have been proposed as an UNESCO World Heritage site? Those exist in Porvoo, about an hour east of Helsinki in Finland 🙂
Hot air balloons are always a good photo motif. We had already intended to go to the Warsteiner International Montgolfiade in 2017, and this year it finally worked out 🙂
Hell is somewhere in Finland, at least if you believe in Finnish folklore. About 60 kilometres north of Tampere and 15 kilometres from Ruovesi lies the Iso Helvetinjaervi (Great Hell Lake), which together with some other lakes forms the Helvetinjaerven kansallispuisto (Hell Lake National Park).
The last stop on my trip through Belarus was the border city of Brest. Only the Brest Fortress has survived the Second World War, but not just the giant memorial complex is worth a visit! 🙂
Many may be familiar with the French Maginot Line. The Soviet counterpart, the Stalin Line, is far less well known. 35 kilometers from Minsk, some of the few remains have been turned into a “Military Amusement Park”.
In the Soviet Union, the kids didn’t fly to London in Summer, but went to the Communist Pioneer Camp. One of these camps is rotting away in a forest near Minsk…
There is not much to see in Minsk, so most people will want to visit other places in Belarus. And Minsk serves as a good starting point for a round trip car hire! 🙂
I went to the “Night of the Museum” at the Museum of the Great Patriotic War in Minsk. “What could go wrong?”, I thought… 😉
Reliability, commitment and leadership skills were to be consciously promoted in the Soviet Union. And how could one train these three qualities better than by letting children operate a railway line?
Time for a new country! Today we travel to the capital of Belarus, often referred to as “Europe’s last dictatorship”.