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Travel Blogs from Helsinki
Apart from the extended families of flies living around the bins and kitchen area, the hostel wasn't so bad. You get what you pay for. At least the bunks had dividers between every pair, plus each had a light and an electricity socket. My old Australian phone has been gradually dying since a few months ago. It barely lasts a day now without needing a charge. That and trying to keep the computer and camera batteries topped up can be a challenge when there's ...
... she had fulfilled a 60 year dream so could now tick it off her bucket list. We returned to the hotel to find Trev was now ready to join us in exploring the streets of this lovely city.
It’s not hard to determine that this is a city with pride - the streets are clean and lined with beautiful flowers in pots and hanging baskets. It appears to be quite an affluent city as it boasts exclusive hotels and the shops are the best we’ve seen ...
The MS Gabriella to Helsinki
Peter and I happily hopped into the taxi waiting to take us to the ferry terminal as we were excited about catching the overnight ferry as we hadn't slept on-board a ship before. After showing our passports to the officials we were all given cabin keys and dinner vouchers then went upstairs to the boarding gates ready to board the Gabriella.
We had been allocated ...
... our bags
that extra yard and have had to suck it up. We certainly enjoyed the view and
have many great photos.
The beds were comfortable and the showers great. It was a very pleasant experience. At
breakfast, we sat with a group of Chinese young people with only one male speaking
any English. I drew a map of Australia to show them where we came from, after
Aunty Sue had asked them where they came from and after some thought, one girl
... a mini-concert, followed by refreshments.
Ainola is the name of the home of Jean Sibelius (named for his wife Aino). It is now a museum. Sibelius and his wife are buried here. In Helsinki is an attractive monument to this well-loved composer.
Then it was on to Porvoo, a riverside town dating back to medieval times and still representing the dense street pattern and wooden houses. There’s ...