Original Sokos Hotel Vantaa
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We had excess shipboard credit, or so we thought (more anon). So we booked a tour through the ship and joined Jimbo and Ruth Smith on a large bus with only 20 people of so. This tour lasted the morning and took us around Helsinki with a few stops. As we drove around there were plenty of city sights, but this is no St. Petersburg! There are plenty of ...
... by the gates were open. We did have time for a last beer, or at least David made time to have a last beer. There wasn’t a bar as such but the sushi bar sold beer without food. We ended up talking to the chef and instead of being Japanese, as you might expect, he was actually from Ecuador so we had a good chat about his home country and our trip there.
The flight was called and we made our way onto the plane. Goodbye Finland, next stop ...
... we saw the Aurora Exhibition and Sämi lifestyle at the Arktikum. A good interactive museum, depicting the wildlife and culture of the Arctic's indigenous people.
After a short trip from Rovaniemi (two flights...much shorter than the MASSIVE overnight train up from Helsinki) we were in Stockholm, with far higher prices than seen in Finland.
Pickled herring (free tasting)
Salmon (as above)
... a few bawdy sea shanties - and who knows, they might even pillage the neighbouring yacht club, just for kicks. I think it's the Viking in them? Lazing around this afternoon after a rather large lunch of mainly sea food. Delish! Will go for a walk up top later and enjoy a swim, perhaps. (We did a Zumba class). It's a formal night tonight but we made an effort on the last one and we certainly aren't dressed for it. It's not a highlight ...
... du Roi, où j'étais enfin seul pour mes photos -- victoire!
Le départ est arrivé bien trop vite, parce que j'ai vraiment, vraiment aimé Suomenlinna. C'est un endroit qui me correspond d'une certaine manière, un de ces endroits où je m'imaginerais bien vivre, être bénévole au musée les weekends, profiter de la mer et du calme. Futurs amis finlandais, si vous avez un travail et une petite maison pour moi sur l'île, c'est le moment de m'en parler! :D