Sunday 19 May 2013

Link between East and West

After our Russian adventures we are now back to EU land!

Nonetheless, Helsinki had been for many years ruled by the Russian tsars and the influence of those times has been conserved since then. One example is the impressive Uspenski Cathedral which we could already observe from the ship. Like in St Petersburg, MV Fram moored directly in the centre, within a few minutes from the fish market. From there we could stroll along the Esplanade and absorb the atmosphere of a sunny Sunday morning while enjoying a view to the huge white Helsinki Cathedral, the symbol of the city.

A little further, the main railway station invited to discover the typical Art Nouveau architecture which is another characteristic of Helsinki.

On the excursions we had the opportunity to see other points of interest not so close by. Some of us also visited the ancient village Porvoo with its scenic wooden houses, the cozy coffee houses and little souvenir shops.