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5 Days in Helsinki and Tallinn

Author: LSKahn (More Trip Reviews by LSKahn)
Date of Trip: August 2009

I also spent a day at Seurasaari an open air museum where old Finnish buildings have been gathered so that you can visit them all in one place. It cost 6 euros and was well worth it. There were college students acting as interpreters. I love those sorts of places as you can get a feel for the life that once was. I bought some patterns for some traditional Finnish aprons for my sister (she does wardrobe in NYC for shows and would not need to read the directions to fool with them) as well as a music CD. My favorite souvenirs of trips are CD's and artisanal jewelry. They provide nice memories and do not take up a lot of room in the suitcase!

On my last full day in Helsinki (and the last full day of the trip), I went on a morning search for the poster from "Mary Poppins" and eventually secured one (free, but it is at the framer's where, no doubt, it will not be free). Great conversation piece! In the afternoon I basically did a long walk which got cut short due to an impending thunderstorm. I ended at 5:00pm at Kappelli's in the Esplanade where some friends met me. They treated me to dinner. Nice restaurant, but I don't remember the name.

All that was left for me was to take the bus to the airport on my last day. I had plenty of time to get there and the bus was easy to find. In the duty free shop I found a piece of jewelry that cost about the same amount as the euros I had left. As you know if you read the first two reports, I did not go to Lapland. In case anyone asks if I saw any reindeer, I snapped a photo of a stuffed reindeer outside one of the duty free shops. Then it was time to board my flight home.

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