The next morning, we hopped on a ferry, and 2 hours later, voila! We arrived in Helsinki, Finland. We grabbed lunch at one of the sidewalk cafes, wandered around the waterfront, bought souvenirs, ate ice cream, visited churches, bought coffee.... all in just a few hours, before it was time to head back to the ferry dock.
Finland was actually part of the Russian Empire, back in the day, which may explain why it felt sort of familiar. Lots of Russians wandering the streets alongside us.
|(Posting this photo for my parents, who have spent many an hour in the ferry lines in Seattle. This ferry was ginormous.)|
|Hugging. Not even thinking about pushing each other in. Weird.|
|Church #1. The Uspenskii Cathedral.|
|Church #2. The Helsinki Cathedral. (Perhaps the kids would like our family vacations more if we spent less time at cathedrals and more time at ice cream parlors? Dunno...)|
|Random canal we found while walking all over town trying to find an ATM that was actually working so we could afford to get back on the ferry to Tallinn. Yeah. So that was fun.|
And we were back in Tallinn by bedtime.