Original Sokos Hotel Vaakuna
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... to Terminal 2 and the FlyBe check in. It was dead, there wasn't a person in the queue so we went straight to the Special Assistance desk. The flight wasn't actually open on the computer system yet, but after a few words from Sari, the guy opened the flight, our bags were tagged and we were given our boarding cards.
It took us about 20 minutes to get from the airport to Sari's apartment in Vantaa. Ímer, Sari's husband, and Jasmin, their daughter and Maria's ...
... but even though we only spent 24 hours there, we did have a good time. It helps that Paul (a Madison native) agreed to meet us for drink and show us around. I met him through my friend, Mo, and went to a Cheap Trick concert in Madison at the Barrymore theater with him when he was visiting a few years ago. A few months ago he was back for a visit and we reconnected at a party.
He mentioned that he lived in the Kallio district. I'd read that it was ...
... We saw a sculpture (pipe organ or tree) and a church carved into a hillside made entirely of Rock. Helsinki is a modern town and our hotel was lovely - Kamp Hotel. I wish that we had had more time here! . We walked to a charming little Italian restaurant for dinner. It was great food and a quaint neighborhood place full of ...
... visit, I still don’t know much about Finland’s capital, despite an excellent tour guide, and a four hour excursion.
We saw lots of parks, many containing at least one statue of a noted Finn. I only recognized one name, the composer Jan Sibelius. We saw a tribute statue of him as well.
To me, the most impressive stop was at the so-called Rock Church, a modern Lutheran church carved out ...
... at a nice restaurant on the Esplanade, the main shopping street where there are the usual designer stores and some really talented street performers—most of them students or children playing classical violin. We ate outside—Claire had asparagus risotto while I had reindeer and mashed potatoes with Lingonberries and Juniper berries. It tasted very Thanksgiving-like. The berries taste kind of like cranberry, and I guess the reindeer tasted kind of turkey/stuffing-like. ...