Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Photo Nostalgia = Helsinki, 2009

Tuomiokirkko (Lutheran Cathedral) rising above the Market Square (Kauppatori).

Seagulls just love the Market Square. One even ate my ice cream scoop out of the cone!

The Vesikko submarine, anchored at the island fortress of Suomenlinna. I had never been in a submarine before.





Some of the walls surrounding Suomenlinna, once the Baltic's greatest fortress











I can't recall this fella's name, but he was from Columbus, OH, and was a huge Blue Jackets fan.

Is it any wonder we hit it off, given what I was wearing?

We decided to walk along the outside of the fortress walls, which was more difficult than it appears.

So much for customs' days of yore.

This was the sort of place to bring out your inner kid. So we climbed in and out of areas we shouldn't have been in.



Quack.



Back in town, the Lutheran Cathedral



"Are you the gatekeeper? I am the keymaster..."

The Church in the Rock

Interior of the Church in the Rock

The National Museum of Finland

Traditional dress



St. Barbara

Russian Orthodox icon

National Library?

Walking down the street, avoiding the tram lines.



Uspenski Cathedral, probably the most famous Orthodox church in the Baltics.





Market Square strawberries.

My two days in Helsinki ends even quicker than one would expect = time for a ferry across the Gulf of Finland, to Tallinn, Estonia.

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