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... marble walls bring a Mediterranean element to this northern land.
Standing on the hill at the end of Market Square is Uspenski Cathedral, a striking exception to Helsinki's general architectural style. After the Russians defeated the Swedes in 1809 they decided that a major Orthodox cathedral was needed in Helsinki. The result was this massive church, designed by Aleksi Gornostajev in the Russian Byzantine style, and built on a site previously reserved for ...
... The ferry trip across to the island was majestic - there was a still fog that wasn't lifting even though it was nearly 20 degrees - and it cast an eery stillness over each of the little islands we were passing. The spire from a church, a little boathouse, they faded into an out of existence as we cruised past. A few minutes later and we pulled up at Suomenlinna, and the sea of tourists simultaneously exited the ferry like a tidal wave. I took a few less travelled paths to get ...
... I watched Helsinki gradually slide into the distance from the back of the ship while Jaclyn and Sofia visited the sauna. After returning indoors, we met Mariane, a traveler from Quebec, who hung out with us the rest of the evening. We ultimately ended up back in the same bar as the previous night, and in time for karaoke, which resulted in a bunch of old people singing depressing Finnish songs punctuated by Jaclyn and I performing "Chattahoochee."
After karaoke came to ...
... spotted the Stockmann department store, which is Helsinki’s version of Macy’s or Harrods, so we got off and Sherry and Sandra spent some time there, while Terry and I checked out a few nearby points of interest. By this time the wind had died down a bit and the sun was peaking out periodically, so it was pleasant enough, although still cool.
We then did Rick Steve’s walking tour of various points of interest, with the objective of ending at the must ...
... as the salmon fillet or reindeer dishes or simply peruse handmade local items such as the reindeer horn trinkets. Warning:they also see reindeer, mink and snow fox pelts which are their local trades, so please take this into account if visiting.
If you're musically inclined the following day should be spent outdoors as much as possible. Take in the Jean Sibelius monument in the park similarly named. The monument is made up of over 600 metal pipes ...