Speaking of Bucket Lists

Our trip of a lifetime included a singing
engagement in Prague, Czech Republic
followed by visits to Helsinki, Finland
and Vienna, Austria. Unplanned bonus:
a brief layover in Frankfurt, Germany.

The new place on our bucket lists
was a visit to Helsinki and sightseeing
via bus and boat. We explored this
beautiful city and tasted so many delicious
foods. New to our taste buds were

sea buckthorn juice and lingonberry
juice. Each morning at breakfast were
small amounts of both which left us with
a feeling of well-being. Both have been
incorporated into our diets.

We allowed a few hours of shopping at
Stockman, the largest department store
in Helsinki. We viewed Finnish schools.
Our harbor tour passed by several small islands.
In winter, Helsinki has about two hours

of daylight but in summer, almost 24 hours.
People used motorized scooters up and down
hills, rode bicycles and jogged. This visit on
our bucket lists simply whetted our appetites
for more travel. What’s on your bucket list?

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14 Responses to Speaking of Bucket Lists

  1. Darlene says:

    Sounds like a great trip. I think my character would enjoy it too.

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  2. Emily says:

    Wonderful photos and trip!! Looks like a lot of fun I’m glad you both got to have such a fantastic time! ❤️

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    • Emily – so kind of you to comment. The trip swirls in my head sometimes. So many wonderful experiences for us – especially singing in the very Prague palace where Dvorak also performed his Stabat Mater. Enjoy the weekend. “”__””


  3. Your trip was marvelous. It’s great to have such lovely memories.

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  4. Peter Klopp says:

    After the great musical experience in Prague, a visit to Helsinki must have been a wonderful addition to your bucket list, Mary Ann. The closest I can imagine, when I think of lingonberry juice, is the juice from wild huckleberries, which my wife and I pick in the summer.

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    • Peter – thank you for your great comment. From what I understand, lingonberries are in the cranberry family so I imagine those wild huckleberries are tasty and similar. I also have organic, unsweetened elderberry juice. Morning breakfasts have wonderful berry and juice combinations for the oatmeal and to drink. My organic pomegranate juice is now mixed with lingonberry and elderberry so the result is tart. I used to pick wild strawberries in the hills of Tennessee where I first taught at the local university. It is hard to replicate those wild berries. Do you know if they bottle huckleberries? When I have my sea buckthorn juice each morning, I am immediately transported to Helsinki. Marvelous how the brain works! Enjoy the weekend. ^__^


  5. Clare Pooley says:

    What a fascinating place Finland is! Your trip sounds wonderful, Mary Ann. We know a few people who have visited Finland recently and enjoyed it there.

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