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August 30th 2018
Published: August 31st 2018
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Hardys wine from Reynella costs a pretty penny here in Helsinki
With Tish still recovering from her illness, Andrew stepped out into Helsinki by himself for the day checking out the harbours both north and south of our apartment which is located on Katajanokka, a peninsular on the east side of downtown Helsinki. There are lots of walking tours through our neighbourhood so it obviously has played a part in Helsinki’s past but the quality of apartment buildings here is second to none. Down the bottom of our street stands the Uspenskin Cathedral which has a grand viewing platform overlooking th north and south harbours. The Cathedral has an amazing dome and while compact inside, it was very busy with antiquities. The viewover the north harbour included the Helsinki Eye and a number of cruise ships and ferry’s docked for the day.

There was a large market place set up at the harbour, selling tourist Knick knacks as well as some local food - salmon soup, moose meatballs etc. The harbour was buzzing with activity despite constant drizzle requiring Andrew to procure a plastic poncho to stay dry. The public park stretches from the harbour to the downtown area and there are lots of monuments, sculptures and fountains between the two
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South Harbour Helsinki with a cruise ship next to the Helsinki Eye
- a great peaceful pedestrian link between two areas of hectic activity. after exploring the downtown area, Andrew returned to the Apartment and Tish was able to wonder out for a couple of hours visiting the harbour, public park and downtown area. There was a band playing in a bandstand in the public park and plenty of other street musicians along our walk.

We checked out the many island cruises around Helsinki and thought it best just to catch the local ferry out to Suoemlinna Island.


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Uspenskin Cathedral at the bottom of our road
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Inside Uspenskin Cathedral
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View of the north harbour from the Uspenskin Cathedral viewing platform
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Evangelical Church taken from the cathedral viewing platform
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Great view of the Helsinki Eye and a cruise ship in for the day
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Public art in downtown Helsinki
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Statue in the centre of downtown Helsinki
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Tish checks out the public swimming pools built on the harbour including a sea pool.
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Seal fountain in the southern harbour in Helsinki
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A band plays on the stage in the public park in Helsinki
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Statue in the public park in Helsinki
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Former warf buildings along the Helsinki Harbour converted to restaurants and bars
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Tish with the statue in the public park behind her
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Garden restaurant in the public park in Helsinki
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Southern harbour and local ferry services
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Helsinki southern harbour looking back toward the ferry terminals and Helsinki Eye
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Evangelical Church in Helsinki
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Helsinki central railway station
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Andrew is not the only clown walking around Helsinki
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Downtown Helsinki
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The harbour north of our apartment in Helsinki


31st August 2018

Wow guys, this all looks so amazing. I'm still jealous that you've been in Russia - I would love to go. You have been to so many places, and they all look so interesting. I'll have to get you two to plan our next trip. Safe Travels. Jen

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