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:
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:
…which enticed us down a street of beautiful Art Nouveau buildings.
The street ends at the harbour, so we explored there:
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 😉 :
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:
Central station itself was quite interesting. Didn’t go in though.
There was a bottle player in the square nearby. It wasn’t bad, actually:
We walked around the square next to central station and photographed some more pretty buildings and statues:
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…).