This is the Bogart Trio, three fantastic musicians who played jazz music in the Promenade in the afternoon and early evening. For my wife and I this was the highlight of the ship’s musical entertainment during the cruise.
Hopping On & Off
The amusing thing about this picture is that although both buses are hop-on, hop off, and they look very much alike, they are owned by different companies which operate in competition to one another. While using the same route most of the time they have have separate bus stops. This results in a lot of confusion until one gets used to it. You can imagine the frustration we experienced on at least 3 or 4 occasions when tired from walking and having stood at the bus-stop for 15 minutes or more, we hailed what we thought was our bus coming towards us only to see it zoom past us and disappear into the distance!
The Sibelius Monument
This is set in a beautiful park beside the sea. The main part of the monument consists of hundreds of metal pipes which remind me of organ pipes although Sibelius actually composed little organ music. It is said that the sculptor added Sibelius’ head to the monument so as to answer her critics, and this sits beside the main sculpture.
The Rock Church
This is apparently the most popular tourist attraction in Helsinki. Opened in 1969 the elliptically-shaped church is carved into the bedrock and is therefore physically underground, which somehow reminded me of the early Christian church and the catacombs. The overwhelming feeling it gave me was of beauty and natural simplicity.
Photos and text by Peter Dulley
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