Thursday 6 May 2010

Hyvää huomenta Helsinki

It was a great morning in Finlands capital. As the city awakes slowly, we were nearly on our way for the first excursion, experiencing the uniqueness and beauty of the sights and architectural diversity. Helsinki is a rather young city, only 200 years old and the cathedral dates back to 1852. Finns are proud of their independence, the only bilingual street signs are reminders of the component parts of Sweden.

The metropolis has undergone a gentle, but constant change during the years: in the old factory district you find today lofts and businiess building. It is a lively city, shops, cafes invite to sit outside in the sun. Suomenlinna Sea Fortress is only a ferry ride away. It is one of Finland`s cultural treasures and was built in the 1700s. Today, Suomenlinna is a city district with approximately 900 residents.

And already we hear music in our ears: half an hour from Helsinki at Tuusula Lake, one finds the villa of the countrys greatest composers, Jean Sibelius. His work is well known all around the globe- and when you see the surroundings you know what gave the inspiration for this great artist.
We still had time for a short stroll over the marketplace with many fruits, vegetables, flowers and fresh fish. And be aware: one can not resist the charm of the old Market Hall and taste a delicious rolls!
Right on time we set off, but I am sure that many guests would like to return to Helsinki! 

Back on board there is a full programme once again: lectures are given and in the evening there will be a great surprise: a very skilled carving show with ice, fruits and vegetables!