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Helsinki, Finland

June 16, 2014
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Some church that I forget the name of

One of the super fun things about Tallinn? It’s located right on the Baltic Sea, and directly across from the capital of Finland! Which means it’s just a short, inexpensive ferry ride across the sea to get to Helsinki! I can’t think of a more fun way to spend a day while in Estonia!

While I was in Tallinn, we went to a Tallink office and booked a ferry ticket for the next day. There were a few options of fast or slow boats, the difference in price being a few euros. I paid more to ensure that I would be back to Tallinn earlier for my hosts to not have to wait up late to get me, but unfortunately the ferry was late in arriving at port, so I still ended up getting there about the same time as the slow boat would have gotten there. =( (We also left late from Tallinn on the way to Helsinki, so apparently that’s a common problem. Probably best to take that into consideration when planning a day/excursions there).

I had no set plans when I arrived at Helsinki, I just wanted to wander and explore for the day. I wandered into a free Finland museum (which, incidentally, has free bathrooms and is located right next to the paid public toilets, just a tip!), visited a few beautiful churches, wandered down by the waterfront and did some shopping, ate lunch at a place I would not recommend, and basically just photographed the city while wandering and getting myself lost. When it was time to head back to the ferry I just slowly started back in the direction I assumed was the way back to the port and sure enough, I eventually (and in plenty of time) found the port and ship headed back to Tallinn. I was exhausted from spending so many hours just walking, so it was nice to relax on the ferry (which, is a cruise ship btw, and the nicest “ferry” I’ve ever been on!) and kick up my feet!

A few pictures from the day:

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Just wandering the ferry and exploring

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Watching the cargo be unloaded from the bottom of the ferry

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Yay! Country number 36 for me.

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This guy was rocking a hot pink hat =)

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Fun architecture


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Angry Birds car, ha

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These large silver balls were all over the waterfront

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The only picture of me in Finland =)

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Well, ok, and another angle =)

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Very bright blue suit. Can’t imagine anyone really wearing it in public…

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Fun and funky chandelier!

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Cool old lamps outside this church

 

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Inside the church

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Pretty sure I found Noah’s ark, this thing was huge

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Random art in a square near the mall

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The ark (or whatever it was) from a distance

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Can’t really tell from this picture, but this was such a pretty place to stop and rest for a bit

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Fun bridge

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That vase is missing a flower or two…

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So what if it was cold out, or if this was insanely expensive? When you travel, ice cream is a must 😉

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Finland flag, American flag, EU flag, and?? Can’t see the other one.

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Love locks have taken over the world. It doesn’t even matter which country you are in anymore.

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Tell me…does that black car bother anyone else? So random…

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The free museum. With the free bathrooms. Just sayin’… (you never turn down a free bathroom in Europe!)

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Um…that’s a big carrot…

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I can’t decide if these benches look super comfy or super uncomfortable…

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Fun window display


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Creepy light/art

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Pretty sunset that greeted us back in Tallinn – love all the holes in the clouds.

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  1. July 1, 2014 9:55 pm

    Awesome pictures, as always! Love the ship with all the masts. And yes, that black car on the ferris wheel kind of drives me crazy, lol!

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