Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
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... tour and afterwards on my own:
Temppeliaukio Church, a Lutheran church carved into a rock. Most of the inhabitants are Lutheran. I lit a candle there for Mom. She has several candles burning for her now in different countries :)
A VIEW OF THE INSIDE
There's the Senate Square with the ...
... walking around and exploring cool castle walls with grass on top (or, as Cat calls them, furry castles) and old bastions and cannons and such. We stopped off at the swimming area of the beach for a dip. And we did a LOT of walking. All of us had sore feet by the end of the day. But it was sunny and gorgeous out, and and we had a really nice time.
For dinner, we met up with Suzie, a friend of Alex's from England who's been living and working ...
... has run marathons in all 50 states and she planned on running with the stroller to catch up with the rest of the family. She jokingly asked if I would be able to keep up with her. I replied that I’m like a Cheetah—a fast runner but for a very short period of time. So, I joked that if I couldn’t keep up, she could just push me in the stroller. So, she said hop in and I said, “are you serious??” So, she ran while pushing me down the street in the ...
... between them - batter fried shrimp tails, carpaccio and asparagus in tarragon sauce, followed by a main of grilled beef striploin, which was the nicest beef I've had on board, mainly because it wasn't cooked to death. None of the desserts really appealed, but I selected Saint Honore, which was okay, but probably not worth the calories, but I ate it anyway. Hmmm....... will be rolling ...
... Stadium and Tower. Have a race on the Olympic Track or feel like a true Olympian on the podiums. For those with a head for heights, tale the lift up to the top of the Stadium Tower and marvel at the 360 degrees panoramic views of Helsinki below. Finish the day at the Senate Square with its regal church set upon stone steps.
As graduation trips go, this was worth missing the drunken forgetfulness of various party island alternatives!