Day 21 Helsinki, Finland
Trip Start May 18, 2013
55Trip End Jun 14, 2013
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Helsinki was very disappointing. After taking a bus from the port into the city we walked through a small market, selling clothing and food, up to the Saint Nicholas Church. A very attractive church sitting on a hill overlooking the city of Helsinki. When we went inside we realized that there was a service on the go, so we left. What astounded us was the tourists who were walking around the church taking photographs while the service was being held.
Our next stop was at the Sibelius Monument a weird looking construction made from stainless steel pipes with holes cut into them and deposits of weld metal in some form of a pattern
We then went to the Church in the Rock which was billed as one of the major attractions of Helsinki. If this is one of their major attractions then they are lacking in serious tourist attractions. After a relatively short time in the church we left seeking some serious cultural enrichment.
This left us with our trip to Suomenlinna Island, something that I had been looking forward to, being a UNESCO world heritage site and all. After a short boat trip we arrived at the fortified island and started our tour. What a disappointment. The island is seriously run down and besides the very ordinary castle there was very little else to see. We decided to head for home and enjoy an early dinner on the ship. So much for Helsinki.
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