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A very quiet and peaceful evening, blessed with no midges as it was cold but this made the skies clearer and the light and colours spectacular. We walked a little, enjoyed our evening meal with some wine and a good, long sleep. En route to Tampere now for a look see and perhaps a shop before we find somewhere for the night, we shall see! Having been here before helped ...
Finland is almost as far as I can go in Europe and, strangely, I have made 4 or 5 visits here over the past 10 years. But all of these have been to Helsinki - a very pleasant city. This time I am going up country to Tampere.
Tampere is known locally as Manse from its designation as the Manchester of Finland and was the heart of its 19th century industrial revolution. But much has changed.
I had quite a ...
... photos. Still, mildly entertaining. Feeling a bit underwhelmed, I was hoping the Vakoilumuseo would be the cure. It wasn't. Billed as the first spy museum in the world with interactive displays, I was expecting a James Bond experience. Instead, we were handed a poorly organized English language guidebook in a loose-leaf binder upon entering. The information provided was confusing and didn't match properly with the displays. The ...
... some Angry Birds postcards. Nice ones!! The coach arrived on time to take us back to Helsinki. Note that it didn't stop at the indicated station on the board on the side of the road. It stopped roughly 20m in front, so look out. But I honestly prefer the train which would cost a bit more but will definitely get you there.
Dinner was in the same shopping mall at Manhattan for steak. I bought another postcard at the Moomin shop.
... to see there guys with long hair – as I supposed, it is a great place for folks admiring the metal culture. Some more practical information about Tampere: The railway station is in the downtown and it is very easy to locate it. Public toilets are usually not free, but in the city centre I was able to find one that was open (accidentally, maybe??) There is also no need to make reservation for the night trains from Tampere to the North.