On September 1st we arrived at Helsinki before breakfast and, to conserve our limited walking capacity for later in the day, took the bus provided for us to travel just a few hundred yards to the quayside craft market. This was well worth visiting but I did begin to think that we weren’t trying very hard to be tourists! Having spent far too much time in the market we walked back to the ship for lunch.
After a quick lunch we set off for the pre-booked “Helsinki by Sea” tour. This boat trip was shorter than normal due to strong winds and rough conditions on the open sea. I don’t know how much this reduced the interest factor but there were few views worth photographing, especially as the weather turned against us, becoming grey and misty and actually raining quite hard for a short time but this stopped before we arrived at the quayside and had to emerge from the shelter of the boat.
We walked towards the city centre and saw the statue shown here which, our guide had told us earlier, is 100 years old and Helsinki’s answer to Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid. I thought she looked pretty good for 100 years old and therefore took her photograph, whereupon I was firmly told off by Granny Anne (my wife) who then photographed the statue herself!
After dinner we listened to music by the duo “2gether” in the Majestic Lounge and had a go at a quiz about classic British TV comedies. We went to bed at midnight having put our watches forward for the third time on this cruise.