Day 2 of our holiday was an idylic day.We started with a reasonably good continental breakfast at the hotel and set of on the now familiar journey to the city centre via the airport.We acrossed to the Pohjoisesplanadi street where the Tourist Information Centre was located and found the exact location for the start of the afternoons city tour.It was at the Esplanadi Park just beside the Caffe Kappili which Petra had advised us to sit outside and watch the people passing by !!! We managed to do just that before the tour started at 3.00 pm .We had hot chocoletes each and sipped away as we watched the people passing by !!!!
In the morning we went on a ferry to the Suomenlinna Sea Fortress .The weather was just perfect for such an outing.It was cool all morning with the sun tucked away behind the clouds making the walk around the complex most enjoyable.
As we set off in the ferry a pack of sea gulls gave us a great send off.The came flying along with us for quite a while , at times sitting on the ferry and at times hovering in the air just above us.Guess this must be some form of seafaring tradition this.
The sea fortress itself is a UNSECO World Heritage site and supposedly a naval military marvel.However since the audio visual performace didnt take place due to a technical glitch and we missed the english language guided tour we didnt understand the nauances of the naval architecture .The complex however had several beautiful spots and we enjoyed the walk around.
For lunch we located another little place at the Market Square and shared a bowl of vegetable soup and a dish of salmon and grilled potatoes.The salmon was really very tasty and we had lovely music on the harmonium played by a street side musician.It was all quite idylic.
The audio city tour was also very good .It was well designed and the english commentary over the head phones was very good.It gave us a great over view of the major highlights of Helsinki and we had brief off bus visits to TheChurch in the Rock … an amazing church , and the Sibelius Monument and Park.The music composed by this Finnish great and played over the head phones for us was inspiring. I think it was called the Finlandia , the Finnish National Anthem( that’s if I got it right ??!!)
We decided to close the day early was we had been on our feet for most of the day, so after the city tour we purchased cherries and a sweet Turkish fruit , two bottles of fruit juice and a bottle of water and headed back to the hotel.
We had a refreshing warm shower … had the fruits and juice .. and called it a day .