The second day in Helsinki, we walked and walked. Joe is so good with maps and has so much better a sense of direction than I have. It is really impressive.
Under his direction, we walked to Finlandia Hall, Helsinki’s answer to Philadelphia’ Kimmel Center. He needed to see more if it than I did, which is the case with a lot of buildings, so I waited in the comfortable lobby while he investigated.
Then on to the Rock Church. It wasn’t very far from Finlandia, and the walk took us in a different direction, more residential than commercial. I’d never seen anything quite like the Rock Church, which was excavated directly into solid rock. It was beautiful in a cold kind of way. Like most of the churches in Scandinavia, it is Lutheran.
We then headed back towards the Fish Market. Joe wanted to see a building not far from there and I wanted to do a little more shopping, so we split up and met for lunch. Both of us wanted to go to Marimekko, which we did, and then returned to the hotel for a long nap. It was not yet four o’clock and I’d walked over 12,500 steps!
Dinner was at a Czech restaurant across from the hotel. The goulash was a bit spicy for my taste, but it was a pretty place and Joe enjoyed his mixed grill.