We saw odd Scandinavian games, some resembling Stinky Grundlefingers, others looked like psychic red rover with teachers carrying around pool toys filled with beads and shouting strange words. It was odd, and loud, but also wildly entertaining. We were also able to sneak in to the park for free, using the kids as a diversion. This was a huge boon for us as we are on day two of our first ever trip with budgeting, and it has become a sort of game for us. A great and annoying game.
After exploring the island, we ordered some food served from stalls right off the market center, right on the water. All manner of sea birds tried to steal Kristin's fresh fried salmon, but completely ignored my strange and delicious rice dish.
Flanked (or chased) by seabirds, we headed for a strange sea fortress at the furthest reaches of Helsinki's bay. We found hobbit houses and numerous sun bathers lounging on seaside rocks. We finished off our day with a fashion show and Kebabs. And the day will never truly end - I don't think the sun completely sets...
Out front of an important Finnish building
This was a very tall building with strange masonry
Fanny packed - trying to pull it off
Just minutes from central Helsinki - it is a well balanced city
The harbor is dotted with islands
A little guy snacking
A house on a wild island
Believe it or not - he was kind of a jerk
Not social at all
A restaurant on Seurasaari Island
The goons in good spirits
Log cabin and mag pie themed windmill
A Finnish palace
A boat for exporting tar
This house looks like a robot head
On the waterfront
I bought the rice and chicken at far left. if I die of food poisoning, then it is that guys fault.
Kristin's salmon, potatoes, and veggies
Cafe Emma serves 2 dishes
Mine, birds do not like it
Kristin fending off birds and eating
Made from reindeer
Market center with the Esplande in the background
The gold glimmers from a few clicks off shore
The Lutheran Cathedral in the distance
Mini love locks
We ate some and felt bad about it. I was even full beforehand...
Our boat to Suomenlinna - the sea fortress
Perro of the day
House on a boat in the bay
Helsinki from afar
Church on Suomenlinna
Love this weird building
This statue has crap all over its head
Along the Esplande
Oh the pageantry...
Remains of the day
Helsinki has a great modern/old mix, but the city is not very old at all - most of it is 19th century gear
Across a lake