I am off to Scrapfest in Minneapolis with Dr. John after all (see my previous post here). Life sure plays tricks on us! Yesterday Dr. John was feeling 50-60% better with his Vertigo problem and he checked with the doctor...it's a GO! I couldn't believe that I re-booked the whole thing all over again. I pretty much got everything back for the booking--except I will no longer be taking the Lawn Fawn class and will have to pay MORE $ for the hotel that we originally booked. Other than that, it's all good to go! YAY! Thank you so much for your concerns and warm wishes. I read each and every comment from yesterday's post to Dr. John (he still can't handle the computer screen.) Your kind comments touch our hearts tremendously!
Let's get on with our virtual tour to Helsinki now....
Hello! Got time to do some virtual traveling? I am taking you to Helsinki, Finland for part 4 of my Baltic cruise post. Finland, to me, is most famous for the composer Sibelius who composed this masterpiece Findlandia. I remember listening to this music in my junior high school while burning the midnight oil. I always felt so much more energetic after. This music can now describe my visit of Helsinki....it's understated and suspenseful at first, it then leads to some unexpected beautiful wonders!
Helsinki's neoclassical buildings were often used as a backdrop for scenes taking place in the Soviet Union in many cold- war era Hollywood movies, when filming in the USSR was not possible. Movies like Dr. Zhivago (1965), Reds (1981), Gorky Park (1983) were filmed in Finland.
Helsinki is such a COOL city. It was one of the cooler days during our trip. It was a bit cloudy and rainy, but that didn't damp our spirit of taking a look at downtown Helsinki.
After getting off the ship, we took a bus that took us right to downtown.
A view of the Helsinki Harbor (downtown)
In front of a famous cafe
Streets are mostly paved with cobblestones
Near the harbor, the local market was still open for business! LOTS of seafood...in fact, they are ALL seafood--salmon, smelts, shrimps...
I was tempted to buy some cans, but I didn't. They would have been too heavy for the luggage! Love these beautifully knitted sweaters!
Then we went to the biggest shopping department store Stockmann
Beautiful sight inside Stockmann
Outside the department store...
The street artists were performing. I would have stayed and listened---but no time!
Helsinki Cathedral is one of the most prominent buildings and symbol of the city.
This concludes our tour to Helsinki! St. Petersburg is my next destination!