My afternoon exploring Helsinki  |  Helsinki, Finland  |  Today I spent my whole afternoon, walking around Helsinki. From Kluuvi where my hotel is located, up to the area of Kallio, know to be the bohemian and edgier district of Helsinki. The city feels rather small, with only 592 ish Finns. Today was my informal introduction to Helsingfors – original Swedish name for this city – since tomorrow I will have a proper city tour courtesy of the people at Visit Finland.

Some facts: Sweden’s King Guytavus Vasa founded Helsinki at the mouth of the Vantaajoki River in 1550. As a result of the war with Russia, Finland became an autonomous grand duchy of Russia in 1809. Finland became independent in 1917, and Helsinki assumed as the capital of the new born republic.

Helsinki’s Cathedral and the Senate Square, might be two of the most iconic and photographed locations in Helsinki. Over 150 years old. Inside is very simple and modest, but featuring an important organ on the second floor.
Kallio, is known to be among locals as the Gay District of Helsinki, although I must admit I  did not see much other than one gay bar called FairyTale. Also home to the bohemian Finns.
The Central Train Station, has a beautiful facade, and this is from where I will be taking tomorrow my speed train to cross from Finland to Russia.
I have no knowledge whatsoever of Finnish, but from walking around today, I can share with your this few words I learnt. And keep them handy, since there is no signs or visible billboard in English.. Katu (street) every single street finishes in Katu. Ravintola (restaurant). Hieronta (massage) and Kiitos (thank you). Hei (hello). Hope you enjoy my photo gallery. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends


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