Scandinavia Day Twelve: A Morning In Helsinki Finland: Churches, Sports And The Arts.
Breakfast wasn’t served until 7:30 a.m so I spent some time editing photographs and catching up on Facebook and a blog post. After breakfast, I finished packing and noticed the many small islands and then the vast Fortress of Finland, Suomenlinna, guarding the entrance to Helsinki harbor. This is a link to some more photographs of out arrival into Helsinki harbor and city bus tour. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/helsinki-ship-and-morning-bus-tour-august-6-2015
We visited this beautiful church and it’s view atop Senate Square below.
We were treated to a wonderful performance by local musicians on the large organ and Steinway piano.
We next visited another unique local landmark, Sibelius park and it’s tubular monument to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. We drove through some residential districts and past local cemeteries and made our way to our hotel. Here is a link to some more photographs from our visit to these unique Helsinki landmarks. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/helsinki-tuomiokirkko-cathedral-rock-church-sibelius-park-august-6-2015
After an early check-in we were on our own and my sister and our friends headed over to the Olympic stadium where the 1952 Olympics were held.
We rode the elevator to the top of the observation tower where we had a spectacular view of Helsinki. Looking down onto the stadium you could almost here the roar of the crowd of those long ago events.
We then made our way to the Opera House hoping to get tickets for a show but were told the season didn’t open for a few weeks but we had a nice tour of the lobby. Here is a link to some more photos from our visit to the stadium and opera house.https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/helsinki-olympic-stadium-and-opera-house-agust-6-2015
We then walked to the harbor, bustling with tourists and locals shopping at the local produce markets. The fresh produce, as I found in all of Scandinavia was wholesome and seemed larger than the fruits and vegetables we produce here in the States.
We decided to visit the famous Fortress of Finland so we purchased our tickets and waited, under the brilliant sun, for our boat. It was a busy day and looks like there will have to be a Helsinki Part Two. Here is the link to some more photographs form our ride and walk to the harbor. https://keepyoureyespeeled.net/scandinavia-july-26-august-8-2015/nggallery/scandinavia-july-25-august-8-2015/helsinki-finland-trip-to-harbor-august-6-2015
“Imagine having a city full of things that no other city had.”
― Bill Bryson