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Today we had a late checkout, and made our way to the port of Helsinki to board the MSPrincess Maria, bound for St Petersburg. We are all looking forward to this trip, as it will be an amazing experience. We have a four berth cabin, and this is an A class room. Would hate to imagine what the F class is like, as this makes me feel like Jack Dawson …
... the rain I have so desperately wished for has finally arrived. It's cold, wet and dreary in Helsinki and I'm loving it! I don't really want to venture outside but I'm so thankful to be away from the oppressive heat of the last few months. I curl back up under the covers, turn on the tv and fall back asleep til nearly noon. Guess I'm going to finally catch up on all that sleep I've been missing.
Today is gonna be one of those stay inside kind ...
... and I each bought a Finland t-shirt. Although the designs were different, each had the words “Finland” and “Suomi” emblazoned on the front. I asked one of the vendors what Suomi meant. He said it is the name of their country in Finnish.
From the Market, we began to walk west toward the high-end shops. I wanted to find the Iittala glass store. I read a lot about the glass factory in the Lonely ...
... is a sea fortress that was built off the coast of Helsinki in 1748. Soumenlinna was shaped by three distinct historic eras when it helped defend first Sweden, then Russia and ultimately Finland. We caught the public ferry over to the island then made our way to the visitors centre. On the way we passed Soumenlinna Church, one of the very few lighthouse churches in the world! The church on Suomenlinna was built to serve as a Russian Orthodox garrison church. In ...
... be there. Few people were on the streets. I passed a group of late partiers who were standing around their prone friend who was quite the worse for wear. Arriving at the museum before it opened I remembered the tour guide's words from the day before about a popular bakery hangout on the same street. It was close by so walked there and paid 17.50 Euros for my decadent birthday breaky buffet. Croissants with marmalade, lox and blue cheese, soufle and fruit ...