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. The 3T is a special tram that runs by most of the city tourist attractions and it is rainproof. So we hopped on the tram with some other travelers from the ship. The ride was good and it took us through most of the city so that we could see the sights and evaluate if we wanted to get off and go to the sight. Our first sight that we selected was the Rock Church (Temppeliaukion Kirkko). It is a church that was hued out of a large rock outcropping in the city about 40 years ago. The top of the structure is covered by a copper roof. It was a very impressive sight as the design was modern and natural. The walls and floor was the rock outcropping. The interior was a good blend of manmade benches, alters and organ that fit right into the rock walls of the church. It was a unique church for Europe.
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
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
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
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. It was not the best way to visit the city but we were still impressed with the city and its people. Helsinki does not have the high prices that we experienced in Copenhagen. It is a city that we may like to revisit on a bright summer day.
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?