I guess no one will say that they want to go to Helsinki to see this or that. There are no world-renown attractions in the city. I did enjoyed my 4 days stay though.
Snowed the day before, so there were specks of white around the city. Got the Helsinki Card onboard my ferry. Took the sightseeing tour (comes with the card) which stopped at 2 places.
Think Finland was occupied by Russia for a period, hence this original Russian Orthodox Church is a piece of that history. Elaborate church – both inside and outside – located on top of a hill. Nice view – you can see the other famous church Helsinki Cathedral.
Can you see the leaves falling from these trees? Was a pretty sight which I wanted to capture on camera while waiting for the tram to return to the city square. Did not managed to do so, I guess 😛 Just imagine. Heh.
Like the Ateneum which houses European art, especially works of the Finnish artists. Well curated, I thought. Comprehensive, yet not overwhelming. One of the happiest things about this trip in Scandinavia is the chance to learn more about Scandinavian artists and see their works.
Wanted to visit another museum after the Ateneum. But most museums close by 5pm so I decided to just walk around since the weather was great. The good thing about travelling solo and free & easy – just follow your heart 🙂 Below left: square opposite the Ateneum. Next to it is the main train station.
I like Helsinki. It has this quiet and quirky vibe that runs through the city. Definitely a unique experience – looking forward to press more about Helsinki to round-up 2012 and welcome 2013 🙂