Solo Sokos Hotel Aleksanteri
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... bread etc. Plus we stop at the supermarket to pick up a couple more things which my friends father is insistent on paying for. Being so long on the road I forget what it's like to be spoiled by a parent. They feel this obligation to their children's visiting friends that is unwavering. It's really nice.
We make a quick walk around the neighborhood so I get my barrings and then I'm left to my own devises for the next few days.
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... we went on the bus tour around Helsinki, and after a rest on a park bench and an ice cream, we took the harbour cruise around the waterways of Helsinki. The same wooded, rocky islands as Stockholm, but not as many houses. Took photos of the many Sauna huts by the waterfront, as having a sauna is apparently a national pastime ! Then back to the hotel by tram and we ate the potato cakes and quark and blueberry soft tars for dinner, that we purchased earlier at the ...
... We saw an interesting store, Made by Helsinki, and decided to go inside. Everything inside was made by local artisans. Everything from jewelry to pottery and clothing was on display. We found some wooden Christmas ornaments that, when assembled, were three-dimensional. We bought three, one for Lorraine, one for Arlene, and one for us.
There were many people in Market Square, each going from vendor tent to vendor ...
Up a couple of times in the night for a big swig of water feeling like I've had a few too many, lol! Awake at 7:30 and we headed down for the included hotel breakfast at 8:30. I had some hard boiled eggs and bacon and ham and cheese croissant. After breaky we went back upstairs to get ready to head out for a day of site seeing. Headed out at around 11 initially looking for a supermarket to buy some batteries for the GPS and then to head over to ...
... to the hotel and get lunch in the restaurant downstairs before spending time catching up on email and this blog. Luckily we did as while we were sitting eating there was a huge lightning flash out side. Very loud thunder and heavy rain. Our taxi driver this morning said there would be thunder storms this afternoon. He wasn't wrong. We will be heading out at 6:00 to meet up with Ann & Neil for dinner before we head off in different directions ...