Helsinki - We made it!
Trip Start Jun 02, 2012
21Trip End Jun 24, 2012
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It took forever to clear immigration even though there was no need to fill in an arrival card. The border patrol officer was asked our plans, and made an assessment that we will not pose any risk to Finland, and let us through the border.
We picked up the apratment keys from the airport service desk and went off to the local bus stop since Puneet was keen to do it the way the locals do it. The bus dropped us off at Railway Square. The apartment was only few hundred metres from the station but in which direction??? We were trying to work out how to find the street names...we couldn't find them!
A very old, very nice lady and very keen to help tried to tell us which way to go, but all in FINNISH
The very clean and functional Citykoti apartment, our home for next few nights, is just 10 minutes walk from the city centre and three minutes from Kamppi shopping centre. We decided to change and relax for a little bit before we headed back to the city centre to kick start our Helsinki adventures!
A meal in McDonalds had to be the starting point...the best part was that they serve GLUTEN FREE BURGERS - it was first time we were all eating together in McDonalds! A walk through the coble stone streets of Helsinki city centre on this wet and cold day was next in order. Our first stop was a Trash and Treasure market near West Harbour where Arshia managed to find a miniature globe for her dollhouse!
We all fell in love with this quiet, very well organised city. There was a great great prescence of public transport - trams and buses everywhere! The mini pedestarian traffic lights were so adorable, I want one of them for my backyard!!!
Next we headed towards Helsinki's Market Square but had to stop at a cafe first to defrost and dry up! Once we were all re-fueled, we went around the square and covered all city icons. The Russian architecture influence is truly amazing. My favourite of the day was the Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral with the gold and white interior!
We walked around the Senate Square and went inside the chalk-white Lutheran Cathederal. This cathederal 's interior is fairly unadorned compared to the Uspenski Cathederal. After looking at these 2 grand bulidings, we decided to just stop for a little bit and watch the world go by....
More to come for this day!!