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"To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it." -- Confucius

386--Finland (Suomi): Go to Hel (Helsinki)
@ CherieSpotting     Jun 27 2007 - 08:01 PST
cherie writes: Helsinki isn’t Hell (Everyone knows that Hell is a town in Norway!) Helsinki is a modern city with a blend of Lutheran Cathedrals, Orthodox Churches, bustling outdoor markets, sidewalk cafes, and a train station so magnificent, you’ll promise to never drive your car again. There’s even a Rock Church—but it’s hard to play rock music on an organ.

If you’re looking for high-rises and steel towers, Helsinki isn’t your kind of town. It’s a pleasant surprise that the Great White City of the North has no skyscrapers. What Helsinki lacks in steel, it makes up for in charm.

If you’ve always thought there weren’t enough hours in the day, go to Helsinki in the summer. Even in the wee hours of night, there’s enough light to read your city map. Corey Heart, you can really wear your sunglasses at night!

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A Neoclassical Lutheran Cathedral designed by Carl Ludvig Engel in Helsinki, Finland.

A Neoclassical Lutheran Cathedral designed by Carl Ludvig Engel in Helsinki, Finland.

Have you lost your head? *Photo by Ashley.

Have you lost your head? *Photo by Ashley.

Tourists commonly behead themselves at this monument to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. *Photo by Ashley.

Tourists commonly behead themselves at this monument to Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. *Photo by Ashley.

The Sibelius Monument.

The Sibelius Monument.

Cherie and Brenda near the Sibelius Monument in Toolo, Helsinki.

Cherie and Brenda near the Sibelius Monument in Toolo, Helsinki.

This controversial monument is created from hundreds of textured stainless steel tubes welded together.

This controversial monument is created from hundreds of textured stainless steel tubes welded together.

Cherie and Brenda by the head of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

Cherie and Brenda by the head of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius.

The Sibelius Monument was created by Eila Hiltunen and unveiled in 1967.

The Sibelius Monument was created by Eila Hiltunen and unveiled in 1967.

Sometimes the art is inside a building.  Sometime's it is the building itself.

Sometimes the art is inside a building. Sometime's it is the building itself.

Vines.

Vines.

Cherie by the Temppeliaukio Church (or more commonly known as the Rock Church.)

Cherie by the Temppeliaukio Church (or more commonly known as the Rock Church.)

Cherie and Brenda outside the Rock Church.

Cherie and Brenda outside the Rock Church.

Can this organ pump out rock music?

Can this organ pump out rock music?

Different plays of light inside the Rock Church.

Different plays of light inside the Rock Church.

A copper coil dome crowns the Rock Church.

A copper coil dome crowns the Rock Church.

Shafts of light slice the air.

Shafts of light slice the air.

Inside the Rock Church. *Photo by Brenda.

Inside the Rock Church. *Photo by Brenda.

If you're need a quick break, why not try a snack at the Regatta Cafe?

If you're need a quick break, why not try a snack at the Regatta Cafe?

Finnish flowers (Rhodendron).

Finnish flowers (Rhodendron).

An outdoor cafe in Helsinki.

An outdoor cafe in Helsinki.

Up for a swim?

Up for a swim?

Architecture in Helsinki.

Architecture in Helsinki.

Helsinki's Orthodox Church.

Helsinki's Orthodox Church.

The dome of Helsinki's Orthodox Church.

The dome of Helsinki's Orthodox Church.

Helsinki's harbor.

Helsinki's harbor.

Beautiful buildings line the streets of Helsinki.

Beautiful buildings line the streets of Helsinki.

Sunlight on the square.

Sunlight on the square.

Bathed in light, but ready for the storm.

Bathed in light, but ready for the storm.

Hey, I found someone with bigger hips than me!  (Maybe it's the dress.)

Hey, I found someone with bigger hips than me! (Maybe it's the dress.)

Ladies frozen in the park.

Ladies frozen in the park.

Don't miss the Neoclassical Lutheran Cathedral in Senate Square.

Don't miss the Neoclassical Lutheran Cathedral in Senate Square.

The view of the Luthern Cathedral takes your breathe away from any angle.

The view of the Luthern Cathedral takes your breathe away from any angle.

The Lutheran Cathedral in Great White City of the North.

The Lutheran Cathedral in Great White City of the North.

A stroll in the park.

A stroll in the park.

The best Finnish "new potatoes" arrive in Helsinki by boat.

The best Finnish "new potatoes" arrive in Helsinki by boat.

The potato-seller vends his vegetables by the liter.

The potato-seller vends his vegetables by the liter.

Salmon steaks cover the table.

Salmon steaks cover the table.

The outdoor Finnish market.

The outdoor Finnish market.

Don't forget to eat 5 veggies a day!

Don't forget to eat 5 veggies a day!

The strawberries are so ripe you only have a few hours to eat them.

The strawberries are so ripe you only have a few hours to eat them.

Don't forget the flowers!

Don't forget the flowers!

Colorful peppers.

Colorful peppers.

Now that's a big plate of potatoes.

Now that's a big plate of potatoes.

I hope you're hungry.

I hope you're hungry.

There's something fishy around here.

There's something fishy around here.

There's no better lunch than at Helsinki's Harbor Market.

There's no better lunch than at Helsinki's Harbor Market.

Brenda at Helsinki's famous train station.

Brenda at Helsinki's famous train station.

Helsinki's trains are always on time.

Helsinki's trains are always on time.

Ready to ride the train in Helsinki?

Ready to ride the train in Helsinki?

Cherie at the Helsinki Train Station. *Photo by Brenda.

Cherie at the Helsinki Train Station. *Photo by Brenda.

The Helsinki Train Station. *Photo by Ashley.

The Helsinki Train Station. *Photo by Ashley.

One last peek at the Sibelius Monument by Eila Hiltunen.

One last peek at the Sibelius Monument by Eila Hiltunen.

The Hell Train Station in Norway is always busy.

The Hell Train Station in Norway is always busy.

There's no way in Hell that this train is going to be on time!

There's no way in Hell that this train is going to be on time!

Hell is when the trains are always late!  (This makes Cherie, Brenda and Laura sad.)

Hell is when the trains are always late! (This makes Cherie, Brenda and Laura sad.)

Hell Train Station, Norway.  God's expedition?

Hell Train Station, Norway. God's expedition?

The Finnish people line up early to get the best fish.

The Finnish people line up early to get the best fish.