Our day in Finland. Tues. 23 July

Trip Start Jun 28, 2013
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Awoke early and stayed in bed and watched the water pass by. How wonderful to wake up on the water. It's a beautiful day and we take it in turns to shower. We all go down for breakfast but the buffet is full and they close the doors. Oh no! But it's ok. They direct us to the family buffet where the food is the same but you can play at the sometime.

I have a bacon and eggs and then pancakes and jam because it's so tasty. Kerst's tooth is causing her heaps of pain and she returns to the cabin to try and relieve the pressure. When she returns we all go and watch the ship dock in Helsinki. Brilliant piece of parking and we have landed.

We wait until most of the crowd has dispersed and we wander down and disembark. At the port we ask at information for the tourist attractions and so armed with a map and heaps of fortitude we set off to explore Helsinki.

We first all walk to the market and have a look around but it's mostly fruit and vegetables but there is some lovely but very expensive jewellery.

We walk to the Russian Orthadox Church and it is beautiful. From there we walk to the Cathederal and square. Kerst and I climb the stairs but it is closed between 12.45 and 12.20. Precisely the time that we are there!

We decide to keep exploring and return later. We walk around the city centre and it is soon time for lunch. Again there is much discussion and collaboration before we find a place to eat. Kerst and I share a salad and Helga and Rolf have a savoury pastry and coffee.

Onwards and upwards and we continue to explore this lovely city. We head back and walk through the Cathederal which is now open .There is a huge organ and we listen for a while.It has a beautiful sound. We make our way back to the market where Rolf heads back to the ship and the girls walk around a little longer.

Back on ship the oldies have a rest while we take our champagne into the sun. We catch up with i pad friends while we sit in the sunshine. Rolf comes up and we sit and talk and then he goes off to find Helga. Yesterday we bought our drinks from the bar but we have since discovered the duty free shop and we buy drinks for every-one there. We spend a lovely couple of hours sitting in the sun as the ship sails away from Finland .

We return to our cabins to freshen up for dinner as the buffet for us starts at 8.00. Again we have a beautiful buffet. Lots of seafood and red wine on tap!!!!!!

We wander back to the karaoke where I leave the gang and head for bead. It's been a busy day!

We are strong confident women who have been to Finland!!!!!
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