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... in the middle of a busy square.
Last but best of all we went to see the most beautiful church either of us have ever seen called Temppeliaukion Kirkko. It is hewn into solid rock and has the most beautiful roof lined in copper.
After all those churches we were quite exhausted so went back to our hotel for a short rest before setting off again to meet Jean and Alina at the station to go ...
... for a walk. We stopped at a Brewdog pub for beer. It was a nice pub, even with a pub dog (a nice chocolate lab). We then walked on to the restaurant where we were to have dinner. This was a very traditional Finnish restaurant with a buffet. The lady owner explained to us what everything was and what it was to be eaten with. For example you eat the reindeer stew with mashed potato and lyngonberries. There was a lamb/anchovy dish, chicken, salmon soup, ...
On my last full day in Helsinki and Finland I slept in. After my morning ablutions, I investigated some parts of central Helsinki that I hadn't seen before. It was above freezing and no snow was left on the ground, except in the parks. The piles of snow that I saw last week had melted or been removed. The sky was cloudy again. In my two weeks in Finland I only saw the sun shine for a couple of hours in addition to some sunsets in Rovaniemi.
I was impressed ...
... luck. Once we arrived at the Port the lady did ask us for the letter, but I pretended I didn't realise (which an hour before was true) and when I explained she was my sister and if she really wanted she could phone my mum, she said that it was fine. Luckily we were making our way to our final destination - Helsinki in Finland.
The ferry took two hours and we had six ...
I can't imagine, when daylight is reduced to about 3 – 4 hours a day, snow is banked up all over the place and the temperature is around minus 20 degrees regularly, that you would prefer Winter to Summer? But part of the not so fond feeling for Summer is the rain. It was raining as she spoke to us about her love of Winter. Afternoon Summer rain just pelts down, making it almost impossible to drive and enjoy any sightseeing.