Friday, 24 June 2016

Cruising The Gulf Of Finland

Time to head to Russia in style. Or at least a ferry. We are veterans of this type of travel and you can read about it here. We recently hopped the St. Peter Line from Helsinki to St. Petersburg for a weekend of soaking up all things Russian.

The St. Petersburg ferry terminal, done in high communist architecture style.

Getting relaxed at the sun deck bar.

Festive flagging.

Mysterious cabin.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Helsinki's Temppeliaukio Church

Rock it. In Helsinki, they know how to design unique places of worship. You can check out a wood masterpiece here. For stone, head to the Temppeliaukio Church. Opened in 1969, the church is unique for being mostly quarried from a rock mound in the center of a city square. It's more impressive than it sounds.

The entrance is at ground level. You walk in and suddenly you're within the hollowed (hallowed?) rock.

Details. Expansive copper dome, angled views.

Funky. A nice touch that they've kept that swinging late 1960s upholstery.

Super popular with Lithuanians? Who knew? The nice play of light within the church.

Taking it in.