Morning in Tampere

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The Russian Orthodox Church in Tampere
We woke up and went to breakfast; I was starving! Then we had a look around Tampere, which is often described as the "Manchester of Finland". It is quite a pleasant town, with the streets set out in a grid pattern, thereby making it easy to navigate around.

We first had a look at the Russian Orthadox Church, probably the most striking feature in Tampere, which looks more at home in Russia than in Finland! It is built in the traditional Russian way, with the red ochre paint and the striking onion domes. The Church is just a stone's throw away from the railway station, so we walked back there then walked down Hämeenkatu, pausing to have a look in Stockmann's, a chain of department stores. The Keskustori (Central Square) is just across from the bus station and it is very pretty!

We then wandered up to Finlayson, which is a jazzed-up complex of bars and restaurants covereted from old factories and an old brewary. Although the weather wasn't amazing, we still went up the observation tower, at 168m it is the tallest such tower in the Nordic countries. The views from the top of the tower over the Tampere region were stunning.

It was time to get our bags and catch the 12:07 train to Helsinki!
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The Russian Orthodox Church in Tam…
The Russian Orthodox Church in Ta…
Hämeenkatu
Hämeenkatu
Keskustori
Keskustori
The Town Hall
The Town Hall
Finlayson
Finlayson
The observation tower
The observation tower
Tampere
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