|Felt pins in a Finnish |
This started our tour of die Jugendstil, at Eliel Saarinen's train station. After poking around that building for a while, we slowly made our way back toward the hotel, stopping in at a few stores, then the outdoor market and the Saluhall (indoor food market), which we would frequent for the rest of the visit.
|Helsinki Train Station.|
|copper ceiling at the Temppeliaukio Church|
The church is excavated from the rock that covers the site. It has very little ornament, mainly just a copper ceiling, which changes color some with the light. The effect of the church is very calming, which is pretty impressive considering we were in there with a couple hundred other tourists, all taking photos at the same time.
|The old Arabia Factory|
|Ice cream for dessert at the|
|the interior at the Cafe Jugend|
Held up by the rain, we slowly made our way out to the flea market on the western side of the city, where we saw a lot of familiar dishware, and I got to sit in a red/blue chair, authenticity undetermined.
|The National Museum of Finland,|
with a watch-bear out front
It was a wonderful trip, one which I will continue to enjoy for quite a while, every time I wear a sweater or scarf that I bought, or look at the Dala horses I got in Sweden, etc. I managed to keep a journal throughout the trip that I wrote in every night, without which this kind of itemized account would not have been possible. And of course, I took many pictures, which I believe will inspire me throughout school and beyond. What a great way to spend my last few weeks before starting my architecture program.
|a view of Greenland, on our flight home|