Helsinki in 10 photos

Travelling on and with a cruise, you sometimes get only a few hours in a city. Surely, we had time to spare in Helsinki, the capital of Finland, but we felt we had seen what was doable.

Also, we were in Helsinki on the 16th of July, the day Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin met. It strangled the city. But people were interested.

1: Waiting for Godot

On this first picture you see hordes of people waiting on the Mannerheimintie, Helsinki’s main boulevard. The street is named after baron Carl Gustaf Emil Mannerheim, Finland’s founding father.

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2: No, no, no

Speaking of which, there were protests and sign against the dual visit everywhere in the city centre. The Hensingit Sanomat newspaper pointed Trump and Putin to fact checking and free press. Others wanted free trade or free Ukraine.

Helsinki_Putin_Trump

3: Emptiness

The Kauppatori or Market Square welcomes travellers by see to Helsinki. Not that day. It was empty.

Helsinki_Kauppatori

4: Pretty in pink

And it wasn’t a Wednesday, but road blocks were painted in pink. An idea for the City of Antwerp and Antwerp Pride?

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5: White whale

The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran cathedral is the main landmark high and dry of Helsinki. It’s white and it’s huge. Inside it’s sober, as with any lutheran church.

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6: Shit happens

From 1809 until 1918, The Grand Duchy of Finland was an autonomous part of czarist Russia. The czars were grand dukes or grand princes. Alexander II (1818-1855-1861) was the most liberal of the Romanow dynasty, liberating the serfs. It doesn’t make him immune for bird poop.

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7: Loving trains

Sorry not sorry. I had to check out Finnish trains. It’s nice to see different liveries on the EMU’s.

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8: Love for stations

Helsinki Central Station or Helsingin päärautatieasema (kudos if you pronounce that right) was inaugurated in 1919. In 2013, the BBC named HEC one of ten most stunning stations in the world, scandalously omitting Antwerp-Central.

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9: Res, non verba?

Suomen eduskunta is Finland’s unicameral parliament It stands firm on Mannerheimintie.

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10: Silence is golden

The Chapel of Silence embodies sober nordic design. You’re not allowed to take pictures inside this wooden egg-shaped house of prayer.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Sartenada says:

    Helsinki is much more than what Your photos show. Concerning Helsinki and the real Finland outside it, they are not comparable to each other’s.

    Our country offers hidden gems about which You do not have any ideas. Have heard about poor-man statues, Votive ships, Saunas on wheel, world’s biggest snow castle, reindeer races or meeting Santa even in summer for example?

    I show one of those:

    Reindeer race

    Happy and safe travels.

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    1. Timothy says:

      Of course. We only had an ‘appéritif’. Next time we need to take more time explore more. But it’s true I don’t know much about Finland (yet). Thank you for the link as well :).

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      1. Sartenada says:

        It is an experience “once in a the life”.

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      2. Timothy says:

        *putting Finland higher on the wish list*

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  2. RPL says:

    Interesting. How are the prices i.e. food, drink? 😀

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    1. Timothy says:

      Well, due to the Trump / Putin madness we fled back to the ship for lunch (plus we had a massive breakfast). So hard to say. We were in a supermarket for water and prices seemed reasonable.

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      1. RPL says:

        Ooohh 😀 thanks for the info.

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