Helsinki

We docked in Helsinki at 9 and got off the boat around 9.30. We got a tram into town from near the boat and just walked around wherever our fancy took us. First stop was Senate Square, with its Cathedral and statues:

Senate Square and Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland
Senate Square and Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland
Senate Square and Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland
Senate Square and Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland
Senate Square and Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland
Senate Square and Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland
Senate Square and Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland

We explored around the back of the cathedral (the inside was positively boring after the Russian ones) and saw a couple of pretty buildings there:

Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland

…which enticed us down a street of beautiful Art Nouveau buildings.

Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland

The street ends at the harbour, so we explored there:

Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki – Uspenski Cathedral, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland

and then decided a decent coffee was in order (the coffee on board ship is truly awful – at least for our non-American tastes). We went into this cosy looking cafe and ordered ourselves some coffee…it tasted weird, and not in a good way. I thought the milk was off, but it turned out to be oat milk. Ummmm. I left half of it there. Eileen didn’t mind too much.

We walked past the Uspenski Cathedral – I did NOT go inside, might it be noted 😉 :

Views around Helsinki – Uspenski Cathedral, Finland
Views around Helsinki – Uspenski Cathedral, Finland

We then walked through a market (which looked to me to be just for the many ships in port, with all the souvenirs) and then back towards central station where we’d seen a building with bear statues that looked interesting:

Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Helsinki, Finland

Central station itself was quite interesting. Didn’t go in though.

Views around Helsinki, Finland
Views around Central Station, Helsinki, Finland

There was a bottle player in the square nearby. It wasn’t bad, actually:

Views around Central Station, Helsinki, Finland

We walked around the square next to central station and photographed some more pretty buildings and statues:

Views around Central Station, Helsinki, Finland
Views around Central Station, Helsinki, Finland
Views around Central Station, Helsinki, Finland
Views around Central Station, Helsinki, Finland
Views around Central Station, Helsinki, Finland
Views around Central Station, Helsinki, Finland

and then I wanted to explore this building I’d seen people walk into. It turned out to be a shopping mall underground, with exits to tram and Metro stations etc. Probably very practical in winter – you don’t have to go outside at all!

Then it was time to go back to the ship for our 4pm departure.

We had a late lunch and, since the weather wasn’t very nice, went back to our room and relaxed (well, I worked on my blog…).

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