Apr
16
2009

Helsinki Part 2

On the Sunday before we left Helsinki, Chris and I took a boat trip to Suomenlinna Island, which is a short 15-minute ferry ride off the main harbor of Helsinki. The island has functioned in a number of ways over the centuries, most notably as a military fortress and most recently as a residential neighborhood/tourist trap. The day we went was chilly but calm and we walked all over the island, exploring the oddities and beautiful views.

There was still a lot of ice near the shores that scraped the bottom of the ferry as we passed over it. Good thing we were close enough to the shore that if there happened to be a Titanic reenactment, we wouldn't be too far away from rescue. But I would totally want to play the part of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

There was still a lot of ice near the shores that scraped the bottom of the ferry as we passed over it. Good thing we were close enough to the shore that if there happened to be a Titanic reenactment, we wouldn't be too far away from rescue. But I would totally want to play the part of The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

To make us all feel safe, the ferry posted this handy guide to Morse Code should anything happen such as "Man Overboard." My question: where's the instrument in which we are supposed to type this code?

To make us all feel safe, the ferry posted this handy guide to Morse Code should anything happen such as "Man Overboard." My question: Why is the General Alarm code so incredibly long?

Once safely off the Titanic, we milled around all the brick and stone buildings scattered around the island. Both the Finnish and Russian armies used this island to store their weaponry and their soldiers. I think the weapons had better quarters.

Once safely off the Titanic, we milled around all the brick and stone buildings scattered around the island. Both the Finnish and Russian armies used this island to store their weaponry and their soldiers. I think the weapons had better quarters.

This particular pose has made its way into every set of photos that Chris and I have taken on our travels. It's a classic by now. In thirty years we will put together an animation that shows our slow progress into middle and elderly age.

This particular pose has made its way into every set of photos that Chris and I have taken on our travels. It's a classic by now. In thirty years we will put together an animation that shows our slow progression into middle and elderly age.

These dark and dank rooms were once a part of the king's quarters. If this is how the king lived back then, I don't even want to know how the peasants lived.

These dark and dank rooms were once a part of the king's quarters. If this is how the king lived back then, I don't even want to know how the peasants lived.

The island had some lovely lookout points. I love the way the water cuts into the landscape.

The island had some lovely lookout points. I love the way the water cuts into the landscape.

I shall title this photo "Chris and the Death Wish".

I shall title this photo "Chris and the Death Wish".

Can you believe that Hobbits once lived on this island?

Can you believe that Hobbits once lived on this island?

There were what seemed like dozens of these mounded structures all along the northern end of the island. Although it turns out they weren't quaint little houses after all. They held all the guns and ammunition for the soldiers. Not quaint at all.

There were what seemed like dozens of these mounded structures all along the northern end of the island. Although it turns out they weren't quaint little houses after all. They held all the guns and ammunition for the soldiers. Not quaint at all.

Here's me trudging up the fortress wall. Trudge. Trudge. Trudge. Walking uphill is significantly more difficult when you are actually transporting two people.

Here's me trudging up the fortress wall. Trudge. Trudge. Trudge. Walking uphill is significantly more difficult when you are actually transporting two people.

We celebrated surviving two boat trips and a military fortress by treating ourselves to fancy coffee and dessert in a fancy cafe. This was the best spot in the house.

We celebrated surviving two boat trips and a military fortress by treating ourselves to fancy coffee and dessert in a posh cafe. This was the best spot in the house.

Just to pique your interest, my next post is going to be titled “Baby’s First Rave.” Ponder that one for awhile….

Written by Laura in: Slide Shows |

3 Comments »

  • Whoo hoo.

    Comment | April 17, 2009
  • Terra Houltberg

    CONGRATULATIONS! Chris and I are so happy for you!
    Terra

    Comment | April 18, 2009
  • LAURA!

    On behalf of the Department of Landscape Architecture CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!

    Lance, Sara, Amanda (who’d due on Aug 18 herself) David (from the MDC) and everyone else.

    Comment | April 24, 2009

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