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Adding another country to our list, we have taken the 2 hour ferry across the Baltic to Helsinki. A large, busy city with a strong social culture. Eating out is popular here, despite this being an expensive country...our latte's are twice the usual price ! The traffic is noisy, which we realised was due to the car ...
... quite a long conversation. It turned out that the smaller of the two men, Pasi was his name, was Finland's number one table tennis players for many years. Now he coaches his son. The other gentleman is married to a former Finnish diplomat and has spent some years in New York city. They invited me to join them on their next stop but my plans for an early start the next day had me declining.
Saturday - To ensure I could get a spot on the lone bus tour of ...
... for lunch! There were many reindeer products for sale but probably not really practical Queensland climate items on our return! It was fine weather although cold which was so nice after the heat and humidity in Hong Kong. Larry had to go shopping for a warmer jacket And I found some warm merino wool socks as my cotton blend ones weren't warm enough.
Today we went on a boat sightseeing trip and saw Suomenlinna fortress ...
... around the city to explore Helsinki’s countless delights.
Helsinki Hop-On Hop-Off Tour Stops:
- Senate Square
- Olympia Terminal (Tallink Silja)
- Café Ursula
- Flea Market
- Swedish Theatre
- Market Square
- Senate Square
- Sokos Department Store
- Temppeliaukio Church
- Sibelius monument
- Helsinki Olympic Stadium
- National Museum, Parliament House and Helsinki Music ...
Much better night last night, so we are all a bit more compos mentis. Orla started the day on fine form with a 16 gun salute with Kate bringing up the rear guard. (See video) We had a lovely breakfast of roll mops, Nutella, cheese and biscuits (supplies were running low). Straight out to catch the tram and we headed out into an area that was vaguely reminiscent of a rundown industrial area in Wolverhampton. Then as we got off the tram ...