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Day 5

Stockholm to Helsinki to St.Petersburg

overcast 10 °C

What a lovely hotel Motel L was in Stockholm! We had a great walk in its environs then relaxed in their lounge using the Wi-Fi and free coffee until a taxi took us to the Viking line terminal. The cruise/ferry ship was great...a proper bed and plenty of space in the cabin. Heading out through the islands was wonderful...they look so lovely particularly in an evening mist...definitely colder ( hooray, I have the right clothes at last!).

We went to eat on board and I chose a veal chop with fries imagining something like a schnitzel...I hate to think how big the parents were if the chop was part of a young animal...I’ve cooked roasts that were smaller! However, it was really beautiful and I managed most of it. I will be careful in future if I meet Swedish ( or Finnish) cows! Our waitress was a lovely Finn with perfect English that she taught herself by getting hold of the lyrics from her favourite artist and translating...favourite artist = Eminem!!
The crossing was so calm, the ship hardly seemed to move and after a fabulous breakfast, we arrived in Helsinki. We took a taxi to the other ferry terminal and left our bags then went off to explore Helsinki on foot. I really like Helsinki and its Art Deco buildings are wonderful! The central station both inside and out is really marvellous..loved it. Sadly as we hoofed back to the ferry ( we only did 6+ miles today instead of 7+ in Copenhagen), the heavens opened and we got pretty much soaked by the time we reached the ferry. The St.Petersburg cruise/ferry accommodation is not as luxurious as last nights...much more like a Calmac cabin...but more entertainment on board...and hopefully the food will be more of a normal size!

Posted by nanny0gg 13:40 Archived in Finland

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