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Finding the Pulse of #Finland (2): The Helsinki #Vappu and Island of #Suomenlinna

Following my previous post on feeling the heartbeat of Helsinki, experiencing some profound spiritual elevation, I am sharing a few cultural discoveries about the Finnish capital and her people. There was no better timing than the last week of April, … Continue reading

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#Auschwitz: a Harrowing Historical Reminder of the Horror of the War and Human Cruelty 

Over the years, I have watched quite a few films and documentaries about this horrific concentration camp which killed more than a million people, both Jews and other prisoners transported there from all over Europe. So when we decided to … Continue reading

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A Historical Tour de #Belgium: #Bruges, #OstendAtlanticWalls and #Ypres

Following John’s post Remembering Great Granddad George, I am filling in some gaps and sharing a few more pictures of our ‘expedition’ to our European cousins. Yes, I have wanted to visit Bruges for quite sometime, long before I saw the … Continue reading

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Remembering Great Granddad George – Four Co-incidences

by John Kirk My great-grandfather, George Gittos, died on April 16th 1918 during the Battle of Paschendaele near Ypres in Belgium. I once went out with a girl, Marie-Claude from Lille which is less than an hour from Ypres. On … Continue reading

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