Holiday Inn Tampere
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- Minbar in room
- Continental Breakfast
- Non-smoking hotel
- TV Channel One Russia
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We spent a few hours in Helsinki the next day. A nice waterfront area around the old cobblestoned market square. There was a lot of market stalls, selling souvenirs and food. There were several cruise ships tied up as well so there were a lot of people about.
There was a large park nearby with a guy playing an electric violin. We ate our lunch there ...
... managed to park close to the city centre enabling us to walk through - different when there is no snow lying around. Looking for a coffee shop we found the covered market, actually full of busy city people taking lunch and a superb range to fish for sale. In fact this is the biggest covered market in Scandinavia, according to Pinterest - more research to check this ...
... where I was picked up by Mikko for the drive to Tampere.
Tampere is 150km north of Helsinki but it's not a particularly exciting drive. The motorway is empty by English standards and the route is largely through featureless forests. The wild lupine on the side of the road ad colour, with large drifts of blue and pink.
Tampere is situated on an isthmus between two lakes with an 18m difference in level and it ...
... we made our way around, booth by booth, we came across one of the food vendors. Pulled pork, sausage, sauerkraut...yes please. So, there we were with a plate of meat, a pint of beer, and a few hundred happy Finns waiting for the hockey game versus Czechoslovakia to start on the television set up in another booth. Once it started, we were no longer tourists, but part of the frenzied crowd cheering on Finland to victory. Why...this calls for more ...
... and though the town since then has suffered many fires, always the stubborn citizens have rebuilt their homes on the same foundations.
It had many charming boutiques lining the narrow cobbled streets of the center which we weaved our way in and out of. We became immediate fans of the Brunberg Chocolate Factory with its deliciousness dating back to 1871...and it's wonderful assortment on sample to enjoy. We were particularly fond of ...