A Day in Helsinki

Trip Start Jun 04, 2010
Trip End Feb 08, 2011

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Thursday, July 15, 2010

It was 6am when we flew with blurry eyes and great anticipation into Helsinki - after having driven 2 1/2 hours from Manorom to Bangkok, flown Bangkok to Hong Kong, then Hong Kong to our present destination.
Getting our bearings we took a bus to the main train station where we put our luggage in lockers, grabbed a coffee and secured our onward train ticket before setting out to enjoy the cities gems.

We made our way to the little harbor with leisure, and took a ferry across to Suomenlinna: a Sea Fortress built some 250 years ago, full of rich history with plenty to explore. Truly beautiful.

Back to the main land, Market Square was a buzz with stalls selling all manner of things to make you drawl and send shivers of pure excitement... convincingly bringing home the fact that we were here in Finland. There were mountains of fresh Summer berries, Salmon steaks cooking up a heavenly aroma, and so many absolutely, positively stunning furs.
It was love at first site *ahhhhh......*

Eyes wide with delight we meandered the cobbled streets...soaking up the
beauty of the city with it's broad boulevards, Art Nouveau and Neoclassical architecture typified by Nordic modesty and refinement, and it's many people enjoying the warm Summers sun in the city parks... giving the feeling of a more relaxed pace to life. There were many incredible Churches to awe us - and run the camera battery low as we tried desperately to capture even a glimpse of their unique beauty. We made our way down the tree-lined streets and around shimmering Lake Töölönlahti, past the Olympic Stadium, taking in the very popular Sibelius Monument and finished at Temppeliaukio or Rock Church, built entirely underground with a fascinating coiled ceiling made of copper wire.

Our departure time came around so fast, leaving us wishing we could have had so much longer to enjoy this part of Finland and it's unexplored outskirts...leaving us with a list of places to discover on our 'next time' inventory.

The 4 hour train trip to Kauhava was wonderful. Captivated by the enchanting picture into Finland out of the window, we were completely immersed in it's beauty...with it's vast, oh-so-flat expanse of countryside swaying with summer crops and wildflowers, a scattering of quaint and somewhat isolated buildings, enough lakes to warrant the country thoroughly water-logged, and so many trees it makes your head spin.

From the time we left the Blakemores in Manorom, Thailand, to the time we arrived at our final destination in Evijärvi, Finland, we had clocked 40 hours on the go...and more than ready to collapse our weary bodies into a lovely soft bed.

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