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... of it up in the spring for use again next year.
Now stocked with essentials, including some beer for morale purposes, I hiked to the central train station and kept going to see more of Helsinki's core. Many international chains are here - McDonald's, H+M, Starbucks- but most shops I am unfamiliar with. On the other side of the railway station is a skating rink that had a few skaters testing their balance on what must have been soft ice.
... off the wrong stop and after wandering about and asking a few people we found it! Guess what there was a big sign on the door saying it was closed for renovations and reopens tomorrow! We really follow the Stumble guide of Touring. This afternoon we were serenaded on the tram by a drunken artist! He didn't realize we were speaking a different language he was so drunk!
So tomorrow we will go to the Design Museum! Jx
... to be there to promote a gallery exhibit full of similar weird sculptures. Anyway, we meandered and souvenir-shopped for a while, and then headed over to the ferry terminal for the short ride over to Suomenlinna.
A set of islands in the harbour of Helsinki, Suomenlinna is a UNESCO heritage site filled with old fortresses, walking paths, a beach, and even an old submarine converted into a museum. We spent most of the afternoon there, eating ...
... and out to the various islands.
The remainder of our time is described by Darlene. Here’s her view of Helsinki:
Fabulous Finnish Design
I found a fabulous flea market in town which I visited numerous times as well as the Flagship Marimekko store. Marimekko was big when I was in college and is ...
... where you feel instantly at home, wishing that you had found it earlier, and hoping that you can come across something like this again. It's just so cool on so many levels - from the location, to how cute everything is, to the super neat little fire pit where you can buy hot dogs and sausages from the cafe, and roast them yourself. Seriously, how come every cafe in the World doesn't come up with something like that?
To make things even better, we ...