Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Returning to the vacation chronicles. Seems impossible I haven't finished all the countries we went to yet. At any rate, next was Finland. We did a foodie tour which took us through some great sightseeing with nibbles and meals along the way. Finland was not someplace I was interested in much. It was on the itinerary so I figured I'd roll with it. Turns out I'd go back to Finland definitely!
A visit to one of the most visited sculptures honoring composer Jean Sibelius. Interesting tidbit, the artist wasn't even invited to her own artwork's grand opening, it was so contested.
We went to Finland's oldest marketplace for breakfast and a little shopping. Then on the metro. Finland has the most northerly and most simplistic metro line in Europe. I had to get a photo of the map because it made me laugh.
We went to the biggest shopping market, Stockmann. They have a weekly theme, and the week we were there the theme was "Brooklynn" (2 N's in Stockmann, 2 N's in Brooklynn...get it?) The clock you see there is "THE clock." Whenever anyone says "I'll meet you at the clock" in Helsinki, everyone knows it means that clock. Great place for people watching. Because I was wearing a company T-shirt, the guide made sure to include fun facts about my company during the tour which was super sweet.
We went to one of the tiniest stores too which has a HUGE walk in fridge. All 12 of us managed to get in there!
On our walks I noticed plaques on the buildings. I asked what they were. It turns out every block in Helsinki has a name. The further away from downtown you get, the more likely it is that the block name matches the street names. But in downtown, each block has a unique animal name. I found Unicorn Block! And no, they don't give directions by block names. I asked.
We walked our little feet off and then sat and watched some sailboats.
Then it was time to say goodbye.
Not as many pretty scenery pictures in Finland I'm afraid. We were downtown most of the time. Next up, Sweden!