Finnish Capital

Helsinki, Finland – Thursday 25 July

We arrived into Helsinki at 7.30, overcast but fine.  The day warmed up later, as seems to be usual in these parts.  Back to long midnight sun days.

This morning we caught the local bus to the Temppeliaukio ‘Rock’ Church.  30 or so of us were boarding the bus but the fare was waived by the driver, presumably in the interests of saving time.  We waited a few minutes for the church to open and then enjoyed a pianist – there is always music in the church.

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Temppeliaukio ‘Rock’ Church

We then walked back down through the city to the Design Museum, back to the Market Square and up to Senate Square and the Cathedral.

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Senate Square and the Cathedral

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Senate Square and the Government Palace

Down the Esplanade from the church to the Shuttle pick-up point and back to the ship.

Prior to 1917, Finland was owned by Sweden and then by Russia and a lot of development is due to the Russians.  After independence, there was another attempt by Russia to re-annex Finland.

Queen Victoria was in port upon our return to Emerald Princess.

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Queen Victiria in Helsinki

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A view in Helsinki
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