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... when they get too hot. Saw some clothing I might purchase and there seems to be many an item having to do with reindeer :) For the next two days I will be touring the museums and special attractions in Helsinki because I bought a museum pass, and then the last day will be spent on yet another boat, this time going over to Estonia! I figure, why the hell not, it's right across the ...
... was tough, you haven't encountered its cousin language Finnish. Impossibly long strings of vowels have created pronunciation nightmares and lots of giggles.
For dinner, we wandered about until we found a little cafe with an outdoor terrace. It was Monday night, so the city seemed pretty quiet and a lot of places were closed, but we had a nice meal and felt restored.
Watch out, Helsinki; the Badgers are here.
After dinner, we headed back to ...
... to fend for ourselves. We ate lunch at a nearby cafe and each dutifully ordered the much ballyhooed Finnish salmon soup. It was delicious, as was their beer. John and I wandered the streets, taking in the locals, an open market, a park, and sipping the best coffee we had ever had. We dutifully scurried back to the ship by 5:00, so it could begin its journey to Copenhagen, our final city.
... marble walls bring a Mediterranean element to this northern land.
Standing on the hill at the end of Market Square is Uspenski Cathedral, a striking exception to Helsinki's general architectural style. After the Russians defeated the Swedes in 1809 they decided that a major Orthodox cathedral was needed in Helsinki. The result was this massive church, designed by Aleksi Gornostajev in the Russian Byzantine style, and built on a site previously reserved for ...
... breads and rolls for sandwiches. After eating we went for a walk to see the sites of the town (the equivalent of walking through Peru). We saw their old house, the community college where Pekka taught marketing for 37 years and the town library. Anneli doesn't speak English, so Pekka and Colin spent most of the walk reminiscing about his time living with the Uskali's. It was a quick walk, so we had some time to relax a bit before heading into ...
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