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Helsinki in January: The Esplanade

The Esplanade in Helsinki has something of a Parisian feel, but of course, Helsinki is a distinctly Finnish city. And a beautiful one. / JIll Browne

The Esplanade in Helsinki has something of a Parisian feel, but of course, Helsinki is a distinctly Finnish city. And a beautiful one. / JIll Browne

In the old part of Helsinki there is an elegant formal park called the Esplanade. Even in the middle of a snowy winter, people promenade there, after a fashion.

The people of Helsinki waited longer than usual for the snow to come this year. A couple of them told me they were glad to see it. “It really brightens things up.”

I can understand their happiness. The nights are long in Helsinki in January.

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