Hotel Pariisin Ville
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... is of evenly sawn granite.
The interior repeats the shades of the most common type of stone in Finland, granite, in shades of red, mauve and grey.
The rock walls are stunning to look at, the colours giving a soft warm glow in the sunlight.
Heading back to ship they saw the 3 large Ice breaker ships used every winter in the harbour.
They would be fantastic to see in action.
They returned to the ship ...
... from Turku to inland Helsinki for fear of Swedish attack. Swedish is an official language and all signs are bilingual in Finnish and Swedish. The Swedish is easier to make out being closer to English but the Finnish I couldn't decipher as its a completely separate language family.
... cranes suggests that the economy is healthy.
Closer to the city centre the buildings take on a distinctive look. You have seen it, very Eastern/Northern European. Nearly all the buildings are 6 to 8 storeys high and are strung together in blocks. The heating must be more efficient for them but it is pretty boring architecture. The existence of many park areas and more modern public buildings offer more interesting views.
It looks like there has been ...
... A lot of Australian influence here. TV full of Australian shows like Master Chef etc and Australian themed pub just down the road with a young guy from the Gold Coast working there. Helsinki itself appears an odd mix - very obvious Russian influence but a great mix of cultures in one city. Plan to explore the city itself ...
... to wave at people to see if they smile. (Although they rarely smile at strangers or new acquaintances. they are warm with friends and in our experience are more than happy to answer a question or give directions.) A cheeky coffee and more pastries for the ginger one on the way means we are ready to shop. A few bargains and a long chat with the nice lady with an amazing silk shirt (purchased by her mother-in-law from a flea market. Apparently the relationship with her ...