Original Sokos Hotel Helsinki
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... They are competitors. In Nagu, there was a K market nestled behind the S Market by the bay and nobody saw it or shopped there because all people saw only the S Market.
After checking in, we looked for the Russian Blini restaurant we saw from the bus window and got a potato and mushroom blini and another sweet one, with hazelnut spread. Blinis are basically Russian crepes and they were delicious.
We emailed back and forth to Paul on ...
... Russia, Sweden, Estonia, Denmark etc and caught one of the many trams back into the Senate Square which is home, as the name suggests, to the Senate building and to the impressive Helsinki Cathedral. Outside in the square was crowded with tourists but there was ************e in the actual cathedral. A Lutheran church, it was very beautiful but very simple. We headed back up to the Parliament ...
... during the Crimean War. There are more than three miles of fortified walls surrounding buildings. It provided us with a great view as we entered and departed the Helsinki harbor.
The centerpiece of Helsinki is the majestic Senate Square (Senaatintori), with its magnificent cathedral and elegant neo-classical buildings. In 1809 Finland was annexed to Imperial Russia as an Autonomous Grand Duchy, and three years later Helsinki became its capital. Russia commissioned ...
... us realise how blessed we are to have numerous empty golden beaches and clear sea along the East Coast bays in NZ.
Refreshed from our swim, we went to the Tintin Tango Cafe for dinner - a short walk away and a relaxed cafe which also has a laundry and a sauna! We were drawn by the Tintin theme which was basically posters on the walls, but it had a lovely bohemian feel and again very friendly service. I was brave and had reindeer quiche which was delicious.
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... and then took another one later.
There was an interesting "Rock Church" that is built into a large rock. It made for good acoustics for the impressive organ. Here, the people do sit down during services.
Once again the day was very hot and it was difficult to find a pub that was cool enough to sit in for a ...