Trip Start Apr 02, 2011
31Trip End May 15, 2011
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We arrived to a cold and wet Helsinki. A rain storm was over the city and kept up a steady drizzle for most of the day. With a temperature in the high 40's it was a cold and wet day in city on the Baltic Sea. The luck of the White Lady was absent today. So we bundled up with our warmest rain outfits including umbrellas and made our way into the city for our adventure in Finland.
We caught the 3T Tram and purchased 2 all day passes
As we exited the Rock Church, the rain kept on coming down. Not a hard heavy rain just a good drenching drizzle of a rain. But today we were not walking as much and the tram would soon whisk us away to the outdoor market a couple of miles away. It was a large market area like a Farmer's Market but add in fish and tourist items. Today with the rain, the market was much smaller than it normally was on dry days. To see an Outdoor Market means that you need to go outdoors and see it. We did see all of the sights in spite of the weather. So we got off the tram and entered the market. We walked thru the market and marveled that there could be fresh vegetables in this cold weather, but we soon learned the some of the vegetables came from other countries in the European Union that were located to the south of Finland
Across the street from the Outdoor Market was the City Hall for Helsinki. It is a light blue building that sits beside the harbor and occupies a full block in width. There is a height restriction of seven stories in Helsinki so some of the buildings were built wider and deeper to accommodate the occupants that work and live in the buildings. Looking to the right of the City Hall is the Uspenski Cathedral which is the largest Russian Orthodox Cathedral outside of Russia. It sits on a hill overlooking the harbor. We walked to the church and toured the inside of the building. It is similar to Catholic Cathedrals with the artworks and ornate furnishings. The Uspenski Cathedral is one of the two largest churches in the city. The other church is the Temppeliaukion Kirkko, a Lutheran Church just a few blocks away. It is similar in that it is an immense structure that dominates the cityscape around the church. It also sits high above the surrounding city. But inside, it is different; the Lutheran Church is elegant but plain on the interior. Much like the teachings of Luther, the church is functional. But the design and grandeur of the building is evident even if the ornate furnishings are not there. And the rains began to lessen and become a little erratic. So we decided to walk to the Central Train station located in City Center. Our port lecturer had told us he believes the Train Station to be one of the most beautiful buildings in the city
As the rain was gone for the day, we took the opportunity to walk back to the harbor and the waiting White Lady. The walk back was very good as we were able to see many building and parks that treated us with great architecture and lovely, though not yet green parks. As we reached the harbor area, we were at the Indoor Market which is like the Outdoor Market, but yes it is indoors. It also is like a large farmer's market with produce, fish catch, eating and tourist shops lining the two isles of the building. We stayed a short time to walk and observe all of the vegetables and fish items that filled most of the building. To this was added eating stalls that sold soups and fish. Yes, Helsinki is a city on the sea and like a most cities on the water; it is famous for its fish food. As we left the market we were but a few blocks from our ship.
The ship departed the harbor in daylight and we were able to see the many small islands and buildings including a large fort that guards the entrance to the harbor
We saw Helsinki during a rain
Where is Harriet? Hunt
Today Harriet is in the Indoor Market is shopping while she is waiting for you to find her.
Chrystal Phillips on May 10, 2009
I think i see her in the middle of the picture standing next to the person in what looks like a striped shirt and behind the person in the brown coat...did you get that?