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We have had just about a full on travel day today. We left the hotel with our trusty local guide on board and we went to visit the Peter and Paul Fortress. The Fortress was located on Hare Island, named for all the hares that lived there. It was commissioned in 1703 by Peter the great as protection against the Swedes. It became a notorious prison for people like Trotsky and Lenins older brother as well as many revolutionaries. There is a beautiful ...
... t ready so I walked up to the end of Kluuvikatu and had lunch at a very swanky place called Kamp. They were doing a brunch buffet for 39 euros; 45 with a glass of cava which is the option I went for.
The restaurant is located in a gorgeous old building across the road from a lovely park called Esplanadi. Lots of wood paneling, arched windows, mirrored ceilings and chandeliers flanked by strings of crystal or glass. There were three types of buffet; hot, cold and ...
... church. I was told by the tourist office that they say here if you see a wedding you have good luck The white church looks like a cathedral orthodox or Catholic but it is Lutheran as 98% of the inhabitants of Finland are Lutheran and it is a state-sponsored religion They said that however most are not churchgoing and the main time they go to church is for ...
... sunset (10pm at night) - everyone has been out on deck getting photos. The sun rises at about 4:30am but last light goes well into the night and first light starts about 2am - so there is not a lot of darkness this far North.
Paul is improving but not right yet.
One more day at sea tomorrow and then arrival in Copenhagen at 7am on Saturday morning. Just about over and then onto the next phase of a couple of days in Copenhagen and then to Hong Kong.
... way. The ship was due to leave at 3:30 pm with boarding closing half an hour before departure and we were still few kilometres away from the Terminal at 2:45 pm. The race against time started. After taking Bus No. 2 till Railway Station and then Bus No. 9 to Western Terminal, we just managed to get the boarding pass. We won against time and am now enjoying my coffee with the live retro rock music filling everything around ...