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skatak
01-28-2012, 04:28 PM
Hi there,

I will be in Helsinki next wednesday for several days, leaving on Sunday.
Any recommandations, things not to missed ?
I expect coldness around -10 °C, snow, but apparently sun should shine.

IDC a.k.a. Ritti
01-28-2012, 04:52 PM
Yes: "medal coffee" with Kiira :P (Finnish Figure Skating Association's congratulatory reception for the media) - but that usually takes place on Tuesday rather than Wednesday after the homecoming of the medalist... :-/ (and invitations haven't been sent out just yet, for obvious reasons.)

Hanna
01-28-2012, 11:43 PM
It depends on what you fancy? :D

January is not the best time in Helsinki unfortunately. The forecast says it's really gonna be cold, more like -15 C. :cold: Which means that you probably want to spend a lot of time indoors. :P

PrincessLeppard
01-29-2012, 12:27 AM
The island fortress thingy (name is totally escaping me) is kind of awesome.

IDC a.k.a. Ritti
01-29-2012, 12:48 AM
Oh, and don't forget Jääpuisto: http://icepark.fi/
;)

Marge_Simpson
01-29-2012, 03:39 AM
Go to the Fazer Cafe and stuff your face with orgasmic cakes!

http://www.fazer.fi/Tuotteet-ja-palvelut/Kahvilat-ja-Ravintolat/Fazer-Kahvilat-ja-Ravintolat/Ravintolat/Helsinki/Karl-Fazer-Cafe/

Ritti, what is the name of the place you recommended that has the best korvapuusti? (aka cinnamon buns)

cygnus
01-29-2012, 04:01 AM
Don't take the trams at night! They are holding tanks for drunken old men. I learned this from bitter experience.:slinkaway

kwanfan1818
01-29-2012, 04:29 AM
Don't take the trams at night! They are holding tanks for drunken old men. I learned this from bitter experience.:slinkaway
And even worse: drunken middle aged men who think think they're still players.

What was the interesting museum we went to, I think down the hill from the hotel?


Go to the Fazer Cafe and stuff your face with orgasmic cakes!

http://www.fazer.fi/Tuotteet-ja-palvelut/Kahvilat-ja-Ravintolat/Fazer-Kahvilat-ja-Ravintolat/Ravintolat/Helsinki/Karl-Fazer-Cafe/
And they have very nice soups and sandwiches, and the other half of the store is filled with amazing candy.

Do you mean this coming Wednesday, 1 February? The Finnish National Ballet is performing "Don Quixote (http://www.opera.fi/en/productions/don_quixote/893)" on 1-2 February, there's a free concert (http://www.opera.fi/en/productions/music_in_the_foyer/935) on Saturday afternoon by musicans of the Finnish National Opera, 4 February, and the Finnish National Opera is performing "La Fanciulla del West (http://www.opera.fi/en/productions/la_fanciulla_del_west/809)" on Sunday night, 4 February.

IDC a.k.a. Ritti
01-29-2012, 06:12 AM
Oh, and avoid running into a campaigning presidential candidate or hordes of paparazzis chasing them on street corners, malls, marketplaces, wherever. The election will take place on Sunday. (On the other hand, you could easily get free coffee and souvenirs at the campaign boots :cold: )



Ritti, what is the name of the place you recommended that has the best korvapuusti? (aka cinnamon buns)

Café Esplanad (http://www.esplanad.fi) :coffee:

Marge_Simpson
01-29-2012, 06:58 AM
Go to Cafe Esplanade and have the korvapuusti. They are excellent.

The food was nice at the Fazer Cafe, but if I went back I wouldn't bother with it. I'd just have 2 desserts. :lol:

skatak
01-29-2012, 01:31 PM
Thanks for the recommandations !
I will arrive Wed. the 1st, spend two days there for work, so decided to stay for the week-end.
I had just found the website of the icepark, but no detailed location other than 'near the railwaystation'. not sure I'll bring my skates to skate outdoor by -10°C. Sun should shine though, and I was not in Berne to know how to cope with such a cold ;)

Nekatiivi
01-29-2012, 02:31 PM
I must warn you, -10°C degrees will not be accurate for next week... Forecast shows more like -20°C for wednesday! So better to stay inside...

Hanna
01-29-2012, 09:01 PM
The island fortress thingy (name is totally escaping me) is kind of awesome.

http://www.suomenlinna.fi/en/

It is gorgeous. But unfortunately it's an outdoor adventure :P so winter may not be the best time to explore. I'm sure it's very beautiful on a sunny winter day but it's by the sea so it's likely to be windy as well... MUCHO cold. I would definitely visit Suomenlinna in summer. It's a UNESCO World Heritage site.


Go to the Fazer Cafe and stuff your face with orgasmic cakes! http://www.fazer.fi/Tuotteet-ja-palvelut/Kahvilat-ja-Ravintolat/Fazer-Kahvilat-ja-Ravintolat/Ravintolat/Helsinki/Karl-Fazer-Cafe/

Yes, they have some :swoon:-worthy desserts! This is especially a popular place between tiffed :glamor: middle-aged Helsinkier women. But not only them, anybody can naturally enjoy their (expensive-ish) food.


Ritti, what is the name of the place you recommended that has the best korvapuusti? (aka cinnamon buns)

Yes, Cafe Esplanad is a must! It's very popular, is not too expensive for what you get and it's very hip! :P Lot of gay people like to come here, I've noticed. The cinnamon buns truly are huge and very good. :) This place is very often full though! So you may have to wait before you find a seat.


Don't take the trams at night! They are holding tanks for drunken old men. I learned this from bitter experience.:slinkaway


And even worse: drunken middle aged men who think think they're still players.

I'm very sorry you two have had such an unpleasant experience with the late night tram! I remember you've mentioned it several times before so it truly must have been awful. I have to say though, that you've probably had terrible luck as well. Because the late night tram definitely isn't always like that. Sometimes there are some drunk middle-aged men, yes :P, but most of the time they just sit there or babble to themselves. Or even if they may say something to you, it's probably harmless babbling. I've never felt really scared among some drunks in the tram (or any other form of public transportation) because most of the time they are truly harmless and leave you alone. So you two have really had some shitty luck! Then again, I realize that things like these are always more unpleasant when you're in a strange country and not really unfamiliar with your surroundings. I would probably feel the same if it was somewhere other than my home city.

To Skatak, if you want to escape the cold and enjoy classical music, then I'd go and visit the brand new lovely concert hall that we have here (called The Music House). The Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra is playing Rachmaninov and Sibelius on a couple of nights this week. I'm not sure about the ticket situation though, but you can always ask. http://www.musiikkitalo.fi/web/en/concerts_and_events/-/events/searchEvents/1/

As for museums, my favorite is Kiasma, the Museum of Contemporary Art. http://www.kiasma.fi/kiasma_en They have some pretty cool stuff. :) Some other big museums feature the National Museum, the Ateneum Art Museum and the "Nature and Science" Museum.

kwanfan1818
01-29-2012, 09:38 PM
We would have just chalked it up to bad luck, but then when we described it the next day, the message was "Why did you dumb-asses take the tram at night instead of the commuter train when they are holding tanks for drunk men?", much more politely, of course :lol:

Marge_Simpson
01-29-2012, 10:16 PM
We would have just chalked it up to bad luck, but then when we described it the next day, the message was "Why did you dumb-asses take the tram at night instead of the commuter train when they are holding tanks for drunk men?", much more politely, of course :lol:

It was scary, because the tram driver pretended to be oblivious to what was going on, and we had to hop off the tram and then flag down a taxi in the middle of the highway. :eek:

What was the name of the nice restaurant that we went to with the big group? Finnice was all nervous because Victor Petrenko was sitting across from us. :lol: The food was good (although I didn't think the fish heads looked very tasty) and the prices were reasonable.

We took a really interesting guided tour by bus, but I don't remember the name of the company or where we got on the bus. Anyone?
The outdoor market down by the harbor had some really cool stuff.