Another successful travel this year! I finally made it to Helsinki, Finland’s capital city. During that cruise trip in the Baltics, Helsinki was one of the capital cities we visited along with St. Peterburg, Stockholm and Tallinn. It is so far the most expensive trip I had this year but I have no regrets because it was all worth it. If I have to compare the price with other travel companies, it was still the cheapest one.
“Helsinki (Finnish) or Helsingfors (Swedish) is the capital of Finland. Founded in 1550, the “Daughter of the Baltic” has been the Finnish capital since 1812, when it was rebuilt by the tsars of Russia along the lines of a miniature St. Petersburg, a role it has played in many a Cold War movie.”
Helsinki has its own beauty. I fall in love with St. Petersburg but Helsinki has its own stories to tell. Each city has its own uniqueness and how I wish can visit it again in the future.
It was the fifth day of our cruise and to be exact we were in this city last August 3, 2013. Our breakfast in the ship, MS Princess Anastasia was between 6:00 to 7:30 in the morning. After taking our breakfast, we went back to our cabin ( I was happy because our cabin has a window but we paid extra for it.) to brush our teeth and do some personal necessities. Our ship arrived at around 8:00 in the morning at Helsinki’s port.
At around 9:00 AM, our sightseeing with tour guide already started. I experienced most of Helsinki’s famous sights but we never had the chance to go inside a museum. Our time was limited but at least I was happy to visit this city. I believed you have to stay there for a week or two to experience everything.
Among the famous sights we saw are the Sibelius Monument, the Olympic Tower and its Stadium, the Lutheran Cathedral or Tuomiokirkko, the Church in the Rock (Temppeliaukion kirkko, literally “Temple Square Church”), Uspenski Cathedral, the Parliament House and more. I also llove the walk we had in the Senate Square, at the harbour and I also had a walk on the oldest street in Helsinki which is named as Sofiankatu or Sofiegatan.
There are just a lot of things to do and see in this city and you cannot do all in a day. This is probably the main reason to go back there in the future. I can say, I had a great time visiting Helsinki considering the perfect summer weather we had and all the things I experienced.