Monday, November 23, 2009


Even though it was dreary, gloomy, cloudy, drizzly day we decided we were going downtown Helsinki anyway. Haven't been there for several weeks. Had to see if anything had changed! You to make sure everything is okay! :-)

We decided this time we were going to ride the trolly car all the way around the City to get an overview....took about 1 hour and 15 minutes......still on the original 'bus' ticket that we used in getting from Leppavarra to the train station. Not bad!! These first few shots were taken from the trolly!
The street person is quite typical. We see quite a few of them actually.

When we rode all the way around, we decided to get off the trolly at a small park close to the downtown torri. Wayne had always wanted to go there so this was the time! It was quite a climb up to the top. There was a beautiful view from up there! There was an observatory at the top as well. That would be fun to go back there sometime and see what they have to 'look' at!

From there we walked by up toward the esplanade to a few of the shops. We ended up at Stockman's. We seem to always migrate there. They have everything.....why not. (Stockman's is like the huge Macy's in New York) This Christmas tree is huge and hangs from the ceiling. You can see some of the different floors across the way.

It was about 3 p.m. when we got back to Sello (by train). We needed a couple of cartons of milk so decided to stop in at City Market and pick those up. It was very dark. It felt like it should have been about 9 p.m.!

We did see a lady weighing a turkey (yes, a turkey) at an indoor meat market down by the torri! It was cool to see one again! First one we have seen here. The price for this one (which looked to be about 16 - 20 lbs) was priced at 109 euros!!! Yikes....that would equal about $165 American dollars!! No turkey for us this year.....or next!! :-(


  1. Great photos!!! Great BLOG!!! You and Wayne look like you really are in your element--in fact--I would the good life of service in Hellsinki has taken 10 years off--you two so young!!!

  2. KIITOS PALJON John!! I will keep those comments in mind! Come see us if you can while we are here......will be here until December 2010!