Well, today we are back in Helsinki, where I was fortunate enough to accompany the WT on one of his many business trips and having an online stitching friend there was an additional incentive! On the first day I walked down to the harbour to the colourful and bustling Kuappatori or Market Square.
It was a gorgeous day, bright blue sky and the colours in the market were dazzling.
Finland was the first country I had visited (excluding Arabic ones) where I couldn't make even a wild guess as to what the signs meant - and I quote from my Thomas Cook pocket guide - no one knows how long the Finns have been living in the Baltic or exactly where their ancestors came from but the Finnish language belongs to a group that includes Estonian and Hungarian and in entirely unrelated to the Indo-European languages that nearly all of the rest of Europe speaks.
|This gentlemen was selling potatoes from his boat|
|Being a grammar Nazi this sign slightly|
irritated me, I must admit!