Helsinki in January: The Esplanade (1 picture)


Woman walking away, Esplanade, formal park in Helsinki, in winter. Lots of snow.

The Esplanade, Helsinki, January 19, 2012. Photo by Jill Browne.

Helsinki, Finland, January 19, 2012. Photo by 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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