Day 11 in Finland, we borrowed my bro-in-law’s car, dumped the kids to my sister’s care and drove off to Helsinki for a day. Yeah, we only had a day to see what the city has to offer. We thought, without the kids, we’ll be able to accomplish lots of things.
Helsinki is the capital and the largest city in Finland. It is about 225 kilometers away from Pori. We made it to the city in less than three hours, stopping briefly when M had to return his office’s call. We parked near the Helsinki Central railway station for 2.5 euro/30 minutes (I forgot the name of the parking center) and started our tour on foot at the Helsinki Cathedral.
Helsinki Central railway station.
The Helsinki Cathedral. It looks grand and huge but inside it is actually small.
Statue of Alexander II.
We were just in time for the Marching Band’s performance.
The Senate Square, view from the steps of the Helsinki Cathedral.
Corinthian columns of Helsinki Cathedral.
Then off we went to the Market Square where you can find Finnish crafts, souvenirs, local produce and foods.
This is where we stopped for lunch – salmon with mixed vegetables and potatoes. Yummy!
After eating, we continued our tour…
The Presidential Palace, right in front of the Market Square.
Next on our list to see is the Ustepenski Cathedral. We followed the addressed inputted by dear M in his GPS, and that’s where our walking around in circles began. Huhuhu. We actually wasted our time, energy and money (our parking clock was ticking euros!) looking for this church. My mistake, I didn’t bring the map and the M’s navi that’s supposed to direct us to our chosen places was out of battery. Waaaaa! It turned out the address of Ustepenski that M found in the internet was not correct!!! We finally got ourselves free map from the Museum of War, thanks to the friendly Finnish guy there who gave it to us. By that time, my patience and energy was super depleted coz it was a super hot day, the hottest ever since we got to Finland.
Random pics while searching for Ustepenski Cathedral.
Ahhh, there it is!!!! If you scroll back up in the Market Square pictures, you can see the tip of the dome there. Yeah, it was close to the Helsinki Church, and we actually passed by there on our way to the market. We even got intrigued what the beautiful building was, and planned to go there after we see the Market Square!!!! What a big joke, right???!!!
The Ustepenski Cathedral.
Anyway, I’ll end for now and give you a rest from the pics overload. Beware though, there will be more pics on my next post!