04/2006

A weekend in Helsinki

A visit to the fortress Suomenlinna.  Built on 6 islands, it has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

We took a ferry to the island

The bay is still partially frozen at this time of year.

The church on the island

A gate on Iso Mustasaari

A view of the city on our way back

The city has two prominent cathedrals built on two hills facing each other as if keeping each other under surveillance.  The Evangelical Lutheran Cathedral   and The Uspenski Orthodox Cathedral.  They both are quite impressive.

 

Here are some sights of Helsinki.

Helsinki from the ferry

Asli in Kämp Hotel

The Senate Square

House of the States

House of the States

Old Fish Market

Sundman's Restaurant, where we had dinner, boasts a Michelin star

Buildings around the Esplanade

A statue reminding us Finland has a socialist history and still great social values.

All major ferry lines come to Helsinki from Stockholm, Talinn, St. Petersburg, etc

View of the Cathedral from the market square

We could not complete our visit to Helsinki without seeing the Sibelius Memorial.  A very modern sculpture which we both liked a lot.

February 2008

Another visit to Helsinki.  While Stephan worked I shopped at Sokos and Stockman  and we had a lovely dinner at Sundman..