Next stop Finland.
After ‘stalking’(according to Charmain) our tour guide for the day nicknamed ‘Die Rooikop’ (The redhead), we met up with the lovely Kathrin.
Wait, wait, wait.
Lets rewind a bit.
Before we explore Helsinki and pick berries on an island lets look at a few boat pictures.
Many people wanted to know more about the ship.
Our trip was on the MSC Opera.
It can take about 2700 guests is 251m long and weighs SNI(sorry no idea)
It is flippen high(for me) if one stands on the top deck, and the total height is apparently 54m.
All in all we had a blast on the ship. Spent many ours chatting, philosophising and solving all the problems in the world (solutions became much easier after a few Mai Tai’s).
The cabin was small and after a day or two one became accustomed to shower with a shower curtain stuck to your crack.
The bed was super comfy and the staff was amazing.
I will post more about the ship later since I know you want pikchas!!!!
No we did not spend time next to the pool since we are used to much warmer weather before the clothes come off.
We did spend quite a few hours over here eating and drinking waayyy too much. (endless pizza every day from 12)
OK lets get back to Helsinki.
Kathrin met up with us at the dock and we started our walk (dang this chick can walk).
As previously I snapped many pictures of buildings and people I dont know but found them either pretty or interesting.
After our first tram ride (and more walking) we arrived at the Helsinki senate square. A huge square surrounded by numerous old buildings including the University, Government palace and the landmark building Helsinki Cathedral.
The square came to existence in 1757 but the cathedral as we see it today was built in 1852.
The opening scene of the Darude video for the song Sandstorm was shot at the Helsinki Cathedral.
We walked down to the harbour to catch a boat to Vallisaari island.
Vallisaari only opened to the public in May 2016 and we felt privileged to be some of the first tourists to visit the island.
Kathrin had us tasting some very sour berries 🙂 while we were exploring this stunning island.
Vallisaari was a military occupied island and have a very interesting history.
I am not going to repeat the history since it is nicely summarised here:
Anton striking a pose 🙂
A new Scandinavian kiosk erected for some snacks.
After working up quite a sweat walking around the island we headed back to Helsinki.
Next stop a food market.
Bear and Reindeer meat.
Kathrin made us taste some matured salmon on a piece of bread. Not my taste (then everybody knows I am full of c… when it comes to food) but everybody else seemed to enjoy it.
More my scene.
We took to the bustling streets again on our way to a very funky restaurant to have lunch.
We had lunch at Restaurant Zetor.
Zetor is a tractor (actually a company that still exists http://www.zetor.com/ ) and it was really cool to see the old tractors inside the restaurant.
You can also have a look around here:
Three lovely ladies.
Anton had a reindeer dish.
Charmain enjoyed her Salmon.
Our awesome day in Finland with Kathrin came to an end 😦
Some last pics I snapped before we arrived back at the boat, totally knackered.
You were warned about photos of blonds.
Our next day excursion will have to be more than one post since we just took too many pics for one post only.
It will also be one of the highlights of our trip.