Hilton Helsinki Kalastajatorppa
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Today was a great day! We enjoyed a fabulous brunch with Pia, Petro, KIra and Toumos at the Hilton overlooking the water! We then drove into central Helsinki and spent a good part of the day being tourists! We walked through Stockman's, Finland's largest department store. We were looking for a few. Christmas ornaments from Finland for our tree at …
... tops. Well, it is Finland. Home to cross country skiing, saunas, reindeer and Santa Claus. Where else to buy ski pants and thermal tops.
We departed in our first class seats on the spiffy Allegro trains to St Petersburg. These are the premier trains of Finnish Rail and they are nice. There was only one other passenger in first class so we had a very attentive attendant who talked us into a cognac with our coffee. Cath had bought us ...
... only stops on the outskirts of Turku, never going anywhere near the main bus station - and I should have got off before. Apparently the government has a monopoly on bus travel and private companies aren't currently allowed to use the big stops.
My man conferred with the driver a little, who told him that if I jumped out at the next junction it would be a straight walk back to Turku city centre. I didn't mind a walk, even with all my gear.
Before I jumped off the bus ...
... the 22nd floor.
If you were of any interest at all to the KGB, perhaps you were a businessman or a journalist you would get a bugged room to stay in. One example given was a journalist who stayed at the hotel 52 times but only ever had 3 different rooms......
Apparently the standing joke at the time was that the hotel was built out of a new form of concrete called "Micrete", ...
... not apply for breakfast so we were happy to be joined at our table by a lovely group of young travellers from Japan who were both friendly and engaging.
We returned to our cabins to get ready to disembark as we would soon be arriving in Helsinki. On reflection, our crossing on the MS Gabriella had been very enjoyable and much smoother than we expected despite the rainy weather. Even Sal who has always been a reluctant sailor ...
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