Helsinki Travel Blog› entry 12 of 15 › view all entries
August 30th, 2009 – by: tirsomaldonado
Next to it you find Kauppatori, the busiest market in Helsinki. There you find small kiosks selling all sorts of stuff, basically souvenirs, vegetable and fruits and also some dishes you can have right on some tables they set up.
From the market we followed Sofiankatu until we reached the Senate Square! The main point of interest is the Helsinki Cathedral (Tuomiokirkko). I took some photos from it but it took me so loooong! There was a bus parked right in front of it (shouldn´t be allowed! J) so we had to wait until it left. It seems to be that an old lady got lost, so we had to wait until they found her! As you can see some times we go nuts trying to get a nice photo! :) We also visited the inside of the Cathedral and next we went to the Crypta Café! It is behind the cathedral in the basement and even if you are not planning to go for a coffee, check it out! Then we walked back Sofiankatu until the Esplanade Park.
When Esplanade Park ends you reach one of the main roads in the city, Mannerheimintie. If you follow this street you find several buildings such as the Parliament, Kasnallismuseo, Finlandiatalo (auditorium) and the Opera. Next to the opera there was a dog festival going on and at the time they were celebrating some kind of contest! When we reached the Olimpic Stadium we found a bar-restaurant where we stopped to have something to eat and a couple of beers! Yeah! We needed some vitamins to keep walking! There is when the waiter explained something that was bothering me since we arrived to Helsinki! For some reason everybody was looking at me and not in a good way! Do you know why? Well, I had been wearing a jacket with flags from Russia, Sweden and Germany.
Our next mission was the Temppeliaukio Church. Quite impressive if you are not expecting to find a concert playing inside! It is a church quarried out of the natural bedrock. From the outside does not look attractive at all but the inside is quite amazing. Then we followed Fredrinkatu until we reached Kaivopuisto Brunnsparken. At the time we got there it was already sunset so we stopped in Ursula Cafe to enjoy a nice cappuccino. My girlfriend is next to me and she laughed when I wrote “nice cappuccino”.
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