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Published: April 20th 2016
My First Flight
Ronneby Airport, Ronneby
Hello my fellow travelers!
This is the first and only post I'll do about a trip to Finland in October 1994 that I did together with my parents and my uncle Roland and his wife Marie. It was the first time I stepped on a plane and even if it was only a domestic flight of less than an hour between Ronneby and Stockholm I was still very excited.
When we arrived in Stockholm we boarded the cruise ship M/S Cinderella
, belonging to the Viking Line. It was a grand ship and an interesting experience, I remember buying a lego version of it and assembling it when I returned home. I also recall seeing the slot machines as well as all the drunk people that usually take this ship.
As we arrived in Helsinki we took a tour out to the Suomenlinna, a massive sea fortress formerly known as Sveaborg, and the submarine Vesikko
which is anchored nearby as a museum ship since 1973.
In the harbor was several grand ships like our own M/S Cinderella
at anchor and I was very excited at it all since I was a big maritime lover back then. There was
the iconic M/S Kristina Regina
of Kristina Cruises, the massive M/S Sally Albatross
of Sally Cruise and the beautiful M/S Silja Symphony
of Silja Lines.
After our little tour out to the fortress and the Vesikko
we explored Helsinki. We saw, amongst other things, the Helsinki Central Railway Station and the large shopping mall of Stockmann. Outside of Stockmann stands the Three Smiths Statue depicting, as the name implies, three smiths (although the name does not reflect their lack of clothing).
During our exploration we also encountered the Presidential Palace Guards parading through the city. As I wasn't only a maritime lover but also a military enthusiast I remember that I was in such an awe of them.
We made our way to the oldest part of central Helsinki, the Senate Square, where we could see the gorgeous Helsinki Cathedral, the Government Palace, the main building of Helsinki University, the Sederholm House and a Statue of Alexander II of Russia.
The Senate Square have long been the center of power in Finland and even today the beautiful Government Palace is the seat of the Prime Minister. The square and all the buildings surrounding it was planned
and constructed by Carl Ludvig Engel during the 19th century and it's a true landmark in Helsinki.
After our visit to Helsinki we boarded our cruise ship again and returned to Stockholm where we took the flight back home in Blekinge.
Until next time I wish you all peace and happy travels!
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