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Helsinki Highlights

and Country Home Visit.


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June 17

Today we had a tour called Helsinki Highlights and Country Home Visit. I ordered breakfast again and this time just got two blueberry muffins each, cranberry juice for me and coffee for B. Again it came before the wake-up call. We were up in the lounge by 0815 for the 0830 tour. They make us get in line somewhere outside the starboard side of the theater (which on this ship is somewhat confusingly called the Queen's Lounge) and go all the way around to the port side to get stickers. This is annoying.
ticket - front and back

ticket - front and back


There are a lot of things about this ship that aren't as nice as the other HAL ships I've been on. For instance, there's no butter knife or fork for the butter at the table - you have to use your own knife to get butter. The decks are labeled differently too. Normally the Lower Promenade deck is deck 6. On this ship it is deck 3.
Wednesday

Wednesday


We got on the bus and had a city tour.
Home 4 You (Finish Home Depot?)

Home 4 You (Finish Home Depot?)

Granddaughters picture from the bus

Granddaughters picture from the bus

Statue of Gunnar Bärlund - Finnish heavy weight boxer who competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics

Statue of Gunnar Bärlund - Finnish heavy weight boxer who competed in the 1932 Summer Olympics

Roof worker

Roof worker

Paavalin Church

Paavalin Church


The guide pointed out a cemetery where one part was Russian Orthadox (where the crosses had three cross pieces - one at the top, a longer one a little lower, and a slanted one down near the bottom),
Russian Orthodox cemetery

Russian Orthodox cemetery


and one part was Lutheran where there were no free standing crosses. We saw a store which I thought sold fishing tackle called Wirginia Oy.
Wiginia Oy

Wiginia Oy


Some of the stop lights instead of being red had a lighted S in the middle of the lens. The guide said that there was considerable road construction because they could only work in the summer.
Summer construction

Summer construction

Trolley

Trolley

Yellow VW

Yellow VW


We drove out into the country
Countryside

Countryside


and where there were hay bale covered with white plastic, the guide said these were tractor eggs and would hatch into lots of little tractors.
Tractor eggs

Tractor eggs


I wish. Although they did look a little like that. The Fins call it AIV-feed after to Mr. A. I. Virtanen who invented the system and got the Nobel price for his achievements (1945). There was what looked like lupine growing on the sides of the road.
Wild lupine

Wild lupine


We stopped at an old church (Porvoo Cathedral) which there was supposed to have been someone to let us in, but apparently no one had gotten the word, so we just took pictures of the outside.
Old church

Old church

4529629-Old_Church_Helsinki.jpgOld church

Old church

100_1289.JPGTop detail

Top detail

Facade of the old church

Facade of the old church

Church door

Church door

DSCN1919.JPGDetail of the stones around the window

Detail of the stones around the window

Camera surveillance sign

Camera surveillance sign


The church is one of the oldest in Finland from 15th century. The roof was burned in 2006 causing huge damages. The arsonist got over six years prison.
Monument

Monument

Flowerpot

Flowerpot


There were memorial stones for those that died in 1939-1940 during WWII.'
WWII graveyard

WWII graveyard


100_1291.JPGLupine next to the graves

Lupine next to the graves

We also took photos of the newer church which was across a field from the old one. New church across the road

New church across the road

100_1274.JPGNew church

New church


We were going to a farm in the countryside. I couldn't hear the speech the lady made welcoming us because we were in the back of the bus and they didn't give her a microphone.
Inside the bus

Inside the bus


Fountain on the farmhouse grounds

Fountain on the farmhouse grounds

Old car at the farmhouse

Old car at the farmhouse

Front Porch of the house

Front Porch of the house

Our hostess

Our hostess


Grandaughter on the porch

Grandaughter on the porch

Broom

Broom

Carved bear

Carved bear


They gave us a snack - tea or coffee, egg butter (which was like a deviled egg spread for little pieces of Carelian pie which was like rye bread,
Egg butter

Egg butter


rhubarb bread and a kind of home made ice cream. We sat and ate outside at a little table on the porch. My granddaughter toured the house and took photos.
Donuts in the kitchen?

Donuts in the kitchen?

Kitchen

Kitchen

Photos in the house

Photos in the house

DSCN1979.JPGLiving room

Living room

Bedroom

Bedroom

DSCN1995.JPGStudy

Study

DSCN2004.JPGTrays on the wall

Trays on the wall


B went downstairs and looked at their sauna,
DSCN1960.JPGNear sauna  and Bathroom laundry

Near sauna and Bathroom laundry


and also took a lot of pictures of flowers.
DSCN2041.JPGLittle flower

Little flower

Purple flower

Purple flower

Pansies

Pansies


I told her the old story that if you held a buttercup under your chin and your chin turned yellow that meant that you liked butter. She had never heard that, so we demonstrated. All in all it was a nice visit.
My granddaughter likes butter

My granddaughter likes butter


After we got to the city,
Helsinki street

Helsinki street


we went to the Temppeliaukio Church (i.e. Church of the Rock). Apparently it was originally planned to blast out a place in the rock for a church.
entrance

entrance


But the winning architects (brothers Timo and Tuomo Suomalainen) had a better idea. They put the church inside of the rock.
through rock

through rock


The church was built inside a massive block of natural granite. The walls of the building were blasted from the inside and topped with a large copper dome (which when I showed photos of it to people one of the comments was that they were lucky that the copper had not been stolen).
coiled copper ceiling

coiled copper ceiling


The structure is barely visible from outside, with only the copper dome poking out of the rock. Natural light floods the interior through 180 vertical glass window panes that connect the dome and granite wall.
Altar

Altar

Organ

Organ

Silence Please

Silence Please


The ceiling was a coil of copper tubing which we were told made the acoustics perfect and and it is a popular venue for music concerts.
Inside the Temppeliaukio Church

Inside the Temppeliaukio Church


It was consecrated in 1969 and is one of Helsinki’s most popular tourist attractions with over 500,000 annual visitors.
Souvenir stands

Souvenir stands


After that we had a stop at Senate Square
Senate Square and the Government Palace

Senate Square and the Government Palace

Statue detail on St Nicholas church

Statue detail on St Nicholas church

Side of Senate square

Side of Senate square

which is enormous. There are four buildings designed by Carl Ludvig Engel (1778-1840): Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of the University of Helsinki and the National Library of Finland. A statue of Alexander II (1894) stands in the middle of the Senate Square.
Alexander II statue

Alexander II statue


Alexander II

Alexander II


Three smiths

Three smiths

Marina in Helsinki

Marina in Helsinki

Goslings

Goslings


B took 340 pictures and I took 310.
It was about 1430 when we got back and B went to our room while I went up to the Lido for lunch.
Lido lunch

Lido lunch

100_4643.JPGCake and Fruit crisp for dessert

Cake and Fruit crisp for dessert


We passed Nahkiainen which is a 79 foot tall round cylindrical concrete tower, incorporating keeper's quarters, with lantern, two galleries, and a helipad on top of the lantern. Upper half of the lighthouse painted red, lower half white.
Nahkiainen

Nahkiainen


Dinner was formal tonight,
Granddaughter getting ready for dinner

Granddaughter getting ready for dinner


and B said that her father had told her that we would have dinner with the Captain. I don't think so. Anyway I had the Seafood and Artichoke Vol au Vent

Seafood and Artichoke Vol au Vent


and the chilled Raspberry Soup and we both had the
King crab legs

King crab legs


For dessert I had what was called the
Master Chef's Chocolate Swan

Master Chef's Chocolate Swan


but it was a disappointment.

After dinner we went to see the pianist in the theatre and B loved this and afterwards went to meet the guy and shake his hand.
Late sunset

Late sunset


This was a Successful Day.

Tomorrow we visit Stockholm

Posted by greatgrandmaR 11:20 Archived in Finland

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I remember that there were lots of news about that church fire, sometimes I can't understand how stupid people can be. You shouldn't drink if you get stupid ideas like that. He got 6,5 y sentence, they heighten the sentence at higher court.
As to little lighter topic, that "rye bread" you ate was Carelian pie, one of our traditional food. :)

by hennaonthetrek

Probably the drink was the source of the stupid ideas. Thank you for the additional information.

by greatgrandmaR

I like the notion of the plastic-wrapped hay bales as tractor eggs :) And the church in the rock looks amazing, especially the copper dome!

by ToonSarah

Yes there was an organist playing when we were there. It sounded amazing.

by greatgrandmaR

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