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Day 9

Helsinki to Tallinn

sunny 9 °C
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Well we had to get up early so we could disembark in Helsinki at 0700...then waited with everyone else for an hour until they let us off (announcing at one point that the exit would close in 15 minutes...and there were still lots of people waiting) but at least the surly security people returned our travel kettle unharmed. The intense walking over the last week particularly since Copenhagen has caused me blister problems ++ so in spite of having the right plasters with me, I’ve been very sore, so rather than use the 5 hours between ferries to go back into Helsinki and wander, we strolled to the modern ferry terminal for the lovely modern Finnish boat for an afternoon crossing to Tallinn and settled down have a snack for breakfast and to use the Helsinki free Wi-Fi in the lovely new terminal building. It was great just to sit until the ferry arrived. We were even able to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine.
Sunny Helsinki Harbour

Sunny Helsinki Harbour

After the previous ferry, the experience on the EkeröLine ferry was wonderfully efficient and easy and on reaching Tallinn it took minutes to disembark then a short walk to our lovely modern hotel near the port. I know it would be lovely to be in an old hostelry in the old town...but most have lots of stairs, no lifts and shared bathrooms- so modern and soulless wins hands down!

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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!

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