When choosing a on a holiday for 2017, and after the success of our last trip to Budapest, Rita and I decided a trip back to Europe would be a good way to spend the last part of August. This time, however, it would be a little longer than a long weekend.
The original idea has been an inter rail trip across southern Europe but, after much speculation and very little planning on my part, we settled on a visit to Finlands largest city Helsinki. I, on the advice of a friend, always wanted to visit Estonia, so it wasn’t long before we had added Tallinn (a 2 hour ferry trip) to the list.
After a short train journey (the trains are clean and cheap), and a cobbled walk to the AirBnB we were out again to explore the city. We headed from the Punavuori design district over to Senate Square, ascending the stairs (named by the locals as the Cliff edge) to Helsingin tuomiokirkko (Helsinki Cathedral) where we were immediately surrounded by an ecliptic group of old, young, smart and disheveled looking people, speaking all different languages and hell bent on smashing their fingers against their phones…
Our flight over was un eventful other than a concerning baggage reclaim security
guard (left) when we arrived in Helsinki airport and bit of a confusing train map (below) showing the ride from the airport to Helsinki City centre. (don’t worry they seems to have, rather than simplify the map, employed a team of young people to help the tourists).
Although this could have something to do with the fact we had arrived in Finlands 100th birthday celebration? Either way they seemed happy enough to help.