I feel like Michael Palin!…. Travelling on the Tallinn-Helsinki ferry, in the middle of eastern Europe, surrounded by people speaking strange languages. I feel far away form home and anything familiar.
I say “ferry”, more like a cruise ship, with nine floors, bars restaurant and shops. I stretch out on the comfortable settee and fall asleep for at least half of the two hour journey.
We arrive at Helsinki port and get a taxi to the hotel Kamp. A five star hotel in the centre.
George V eat your heart out….. I could get used to this!.
My only complaint is that there are no tea making facilities in the rooms!
The prices are a bit of a shock after Tallinn!
Still the sun is shining and we stroll around. We come across a fashion show rehearsal with great music.
Then a stroll around the centre.
White tulips everywhere
University. Do they need paracetamol?
The Roman Catholic cathedral.
another outdoor music performance on the Esplanade
Lovely park in the centre of the Esplanade
Suddenly the weather changes and the rain starts.
We take shelter in a pavilion cafe in the green space in the middle of the city, with fantastic chandeliers.
My first impressions of Helsinki is of a sophisticated city, with beautiful , elegant people.Quality shops and high prices. But watch out for the cyclists who are everywhere and ride on the pavements.
To be continued.
Love from Helsinki.
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