it is about time for a new post!
Today I am going to write about our (South)-Finland Tour we had already 1 1/2 years ago, in October 2011. Since I was a child, I wanted to visit Finland. To be honest, the famous Formula-1 driver (and my very first "heartthrob") Mika Häkkinen called my attention back then to Finland. 0 >///< 0
Well, then finally in October 2011 we (my boyfriend Don and I) managed it to visit Finland for the first time. It was our second vacation abroad together. We stayed in Finland from the 8th of October to 13th of October 2011. In this few days we stayed in Helsinki, Turku, Pori and Vaasa. We also visited Yyteri and Ähtäri.
CAUTION: A lot of photos are waiting to be seen! ^__^6
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Day 1: Arrival and Helsinki
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At 5:30am in the morning our alarm clock rings. It's already time to wake up. At 7:20am our train straight to Cologne should arrive at Aachen. Of course the train had a delay. Shortly after 12pm our plane takeoff straight Helsinki. After an 2 hours flight we landed at Helsinki Airport. The airport was smaller than Don and I thought.
After having a snack we picked our rental car up and drove through Helsinki's inner town straight to our hotel.
|what a gigantic muffin/cupcake that was!|
In the afternoon we went to Helsinkis inner town again and had a look at the Cathredale of Helsinki. For me, the most beautiful building I have seen during our whole trip. When standing next to the Cathredale you are able to view the port of Helsinki.
|Lutheran Cathredale of Helsinki|
After spotting Helsinkis inner town we went to Pizza Hut for having dinner. Fortunately you can have in almost every restaurant/diner an english menu card. Finish looks for non-finish people really complicated. You can't really construe finish language from english or german or something other language I know. ö_ö But anyways, finish looks really interesting to me.. but I was told that it is probably one of the most difficult languages to learn.. so my intention about learning some finish someday is on stop right now.. X'D
Day 2: Continuing to Turku
We get up early and Don tried to watch the Formula 1 final via his MacBook. Before that we went downstairs to have breakfast. The hotel offered a great variety of food and drinks, and everythign was signed with the ingredients. For example, you could chose whether you want to drink lactose-free milk, soya-milk or if you want to take some glutenfree food. But not only this hotel signed their foodstuff that exactly, whole Finland seems to do it so.Very exemplary! Wish this would be like this in germany, too. I can fully recommend you our 1st Hotel in Helsinki: Radisson Blu Seaside Hotel Helsinki
After breakfast we take off straight to Turku. The motorways were even more "empty" than Helsinkis inner town last evening. A great contrast to germany: Germany is a really high populated country with about 80 million people and Finland, which has about a stretch of area like germany, got only a population of about 5 millon people. We enjoyed the silence, the peace, the quiet. =)
Well, then finally we arrived Turku. Turku is a beautiful town. Everything looked so peaceful.
|Bibliotheca of Turku|
Day 3: Continuing to Pori
We waked up early this morning and went to a Lidl-Supermarket in Turku to have some breakfast. Funny, that there were in Finland also Lidl-Supermarkets - I thought that they were only in germany. X'D Our next stop then was a lil shopping mall. I wanted to buy post cards so badly. XD
|cute "art" in Turkus Mall|
After buying some post cards we drove straight to Pori. This day was really cloudy and rainy. We stopped at a park in Pori but due to the sh** weather we didn't walked that long. Nevertheless we decided to drive to Yyteri to see the beach. XD
After strolling on the beach we decided to drive back to Pori's inner town. I wanted to send my bought and now written post cards, but the finish man who worked at the tourist information of Pori almost didn't understand any english. All other people we met and talked to in Finland spoke a very good, some of them even a really fantastic english - but someone who's working in a tourist information does not?! ö_Ö" What a strange world! Well, in the end I managed it to get some stamps for my post cards so I could ship them.
In the afternoon we wanted to visit the Juseliuksen mausoleumi. Unfortunately I didn't have a photo of it but I made some close up photos of the door:
|the chapel of the Juseliksen mausoleumi|
Day 4: Continuing to Vaasa
PIIIIIEP !!!! PIIIIIEP !!!! PIIIIIEP !!!! PIIIIIEP !!!! PIIIIIEP !!!! PIIIIIEP !!!! PIIIIIEP !!!!
What's that noise?! I actually want to sleep but it's fire alarm! We had to leave our hotel room. I wanted to change clothes but Don urged me to leave the room.. after standing about 15 minutes in front of the Hotel during Pori's cold october nights we could enter the hotel again - just false alarm!
This night wasn't that restful.
We left Pori after having breakfast and visited Yyteri and it's beach again. Todays weather was more sunny. =) But now it was time to drive to Vaasa!
|typical finnish country road|
|Never saw a town/village with such a long name!|
During our trip to Vaasa we saw many marsh, trees and nature. Really beautiful. While driving straight to Vaasa we passed many street signs and we couldn't wait to see KRISTIINANKAUPUNKI. Oh my, how should you speak such a long complicated word?! For me, this village name sounds and looks typical finish.
After 2 1/2 hours we arrived Vaasa. First we went to the shopping mall of Vaasa and strolled through Vaasa inner town whereby we already discovered our hotel for tonight, the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel.
|Autumn is beautiful|
Then we checked in. We had a big room in the 9th floor.
|view from our hotel room|
Day 5: Visiting Ähtäri Zoo and back to Helsinki
We get early up and enjoyed the great breakfast. Radisson Blu Hotels are really great! They turned out to be our favourite hotel-chain. Today was the day of the longest drive. We had to drive back to Helsinki in one day and wanted to visit the Ähtäri Eläinpuisto, a natural wildlife park, which is about 2 hours from Vaasa. For me, personally, the visit was one of the highlights.
|What a funny face!|
|cute water rat|
Well, in the afternoon we arrived Helsinki again and checked in in a motel (which was the biggest mistake on our journey!). In the evening we went to Helsinkis inner town, we visited the Stockmann and a big shopping mall and had dinner. In the shopping mall I bought a handmade Hello Kitty Chain for only 1€! ^O^
Day 6: My 22nd Birthday - Leaving Finland, trip home
The last day of our Finland trip had come. I felt sad but on the other hand I was happy because today was my 22nd birthday, hehe! ^__^ Unfortunately, I didn't slept well and I felt the whole morning pretty sick and couldnt eat almost anything. Our motel was.. not good. I will never ever book in a motel again. It was badly soundproofed and in general pretty uninviting.
Well, but because today were my birthday I received a present of Don already. He gave it to me in front of the beautiful Cathredale:
A Hello Kitty Necklace of Swarovski! <3 I felt like a princess! <3
During early afternoon I stopped feeling sick right before we had to take our plane back home. Thank goodness. Now it was time to say goodbye to Finland.
Finland is a really beautiful country and I or we want to visit Finland again sometime. But then we want to discover the north of Helsinki, like Oulu. I will never forget our trip to (South) Finland.. <3