A Church Unlike Any I Have Ever Seen: Temppeliaukio Church in Helsinki

Mention a place of worship in Europe to me; and an ornate building which is centuries old and steeped in history immediately comes to my mind — but what is colloquially known as the Church of the Rock in Helsinki is one religious establishment that completely defies that initial image.

Since I checked out of my stay at the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa hotel property earlier than morning, I had been outside in the cold weather with light snow persistently falling. Prior to arriving at Temppeliaukio Church — which was on my way to the next hotel property at which I would stay that night — I had already been to Sibelius Monument and attempted to visit the Tower at Olympic Stadium, which is being renovated and will not open again to the public until the year 2019.

Finding the church was not difficult; but…

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Another Airline, Another Meltdown: This Time, British Airways

British Airways is currently undergoing a “major IT system failure” which will hopefully be resolved in the next couple of hours — and the major global disruption has apparently been occurring for at least the past seven hours, according to this discussion which was posted on FlyerTalk.

The official announcement from British Airways is as follows…

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Earn Triple Avios by Shopping — May 2017

You can earn triple Avios by shopping when you shop at selected retailers through Wednesday, May 31, 2017 in both the United Kingdom and the United States.

This promotion excludes all in-store offers — otherwise, this promotion is governed by the general terms and conditions of the British Airways Avios eStore.

Retailers which are participating in this promotion in the United States and the United Kingdom include…

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Earn Up to 6,000 Bonus TrueBlue Points With Flights To or From Boston or Worcester

You can earn up to a maximum limit of 6,000 bonus TrueBlue points when you fly as a passenger aboard airplanes operated by JetBlue Airways for three round trip flights — or six one-way flights — between either of the airports which serve the Boston or Worcester metropolitan areas and anywhere else in the network of greater than 100 destinations…

…but you must…

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Nordic Choice Club Will Match Hilton Honors Elite Level Status

I stayed at the Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel property on an award stay back in September of 2008 and enjoyed my stay; but as of Saturday, April 1, 2017, the hotel has since become the Clarion Hotel Copenhagen Airport.

Whether or not by coincidence, Nordic Choice Club will match Hilton Honors elite level status from Saturday, April 1, 2017 through Saturday, September 30, 2017: “…we will give you the same membership level with Nordic Choice Club as your current Hilton Honors level – for free.”

The corresponding elite status levels are as follows…

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Federal Appeals Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond earlier today refused to reinstate the revised travel ban ordered earlier this year by Donald Trump — who is the current president of the United States — stating in this official decision that it “drips with religious intolerance, animus and discrimination.”

This latest setback to significantly limit travel from several predominantly Muslim countries is likely to be appealed at the Supreme Court of the United States as stated by Jeff Sessions — who is the current attorney general of the United States — according to…

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Earn Quadruple AAdvantage Miles With Choice Hotels

You can earn quadruple — in other words, 1,000 — AAdvantage miles per qualifying stay with Choice Hotels when you book your reservations directly through Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at participating Choice Hotels hotel or resort properties in the United States.

No registration for this promotion is required. Rather, ensure that…

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Earn Up to 6,000 Bonus TrueBlue Points With Flights To or From New York

Starting today, you can earn up to a maximum limit of 6,000 bonus TrueBlue points when you fly as a passenger aboard airplanes operated by JetBlue Airways for three round trip flights — or six one-way flights — between any of four airports which serve the New York metropolitan area and anywhere else in the network of greater than 100 destinations…

…but you must…

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Why I Could Not Visit the Tower at Olympic Stadium in Helsinki

Visiting the tower at Olympiastadion — or Olympic Stadium in English — was not high on my list of priorities in terms of places to visit; but because it was located only slightly greater than a kilometer northeast of the Sibelius Monument, I thought I would take the walk to see it.

One reason as to why I already thought my visit to the tower at Olympic Stadium would be unsuccessful was…

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An Unusual Sculpture: Sibelius Monument in Helsinki

One of the sites in Helsinki at which I wanted to visit on my morning walk from the Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa was the Sibelius Monument in Helsinki — and it was conveniently on my way. I walked southeast on Paciuksenkatu — and at the turn where the thoroughfare becomes Linnankoskenkatu, I turned right onto a quiet street named Merikannontie, which was adjacent to one of the many inlets of the Gulf of Finland.

I approached Sibeliuksen puisto — which is Sibelius Park in English — where the unusual sculpture is located…

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