My Finnish Travels: From Helsinki to Tallinn
Some people say that the dream of traveling in Europe is like a vine, breeding every woman's heart. And as the years grow, the vines will extend longer. For me, it is no exception. It is not known when this seed will take root in my heart. I always thought that my first European trip would be romantic Paris. Due to a coincidence, I went to the peaceful and restrained Finland before I went to Paris. Then, I went to Helsinki, which is very different from other European cities.
Helsinki, across the sea from Finland, is only 2 hours away by the sea. Tallinn, the capital of Estonia, a place that never appeared in my mind, became the second city I visited in Europe. I first noticed that she was on the Finnish Relocation profile. With a bird's-eye view of the fairytale-like ancient castle, I was attracted by it at first sight. In fact, as long as you are in Northern Europe, Tallinn will inevitably become your tourist destination. This city only became the capital of an independent country in 1991, because of its many tourist resources (beaches, parks, Europe's most charming and best-preserved old town, noisy nightclubs, cheap beer, etc.), it is becoming more and more people The first choice for leisure travel.
Our plan in Tallinn is to visit its old town. However, considering that everyone is bringing children, there will be an inconvenience in accommodation, and the distance to Tallinn is not far, we finally chose a day trip on the same day. We booked round-trip ferry tickets online. The cruise departs from Helsinki at 10:30 in the morning and returns to Helsinki from Tallinn at 5:30 in the afternoon. On the night before departure, we checked the port of departure on the Internet according to the printed cruise company's ticket confirmation slip, and also looked at the electronic map of the ancient city of Tallinn before going to bed. But because there is no direct bus, we started from Mankkan early in the morning and took bus 110 to Kamppi, the main bus terminal in central Helsinki. Then, I plan to change the tram to the port. When leaving Kamppi Bus Terminal and heading towards the tram stop, I received a call from a local friend asking if we have arrived. But we suddenly discovered that the previous communication is not the same place!
It was around 9 o'clock in the morning at this time, and there were not many people at the station. We took the ferry ticket confirmation sheet and asked the two policemen on duty at the station. We were told that what we were going to should indeed be the Westport mentioned by our friends. I can't help but laugh at myself that the strategy of last night was done in vain! Fortunately, we reserved enough time in advance. We hurriedly checked the line from the bus terminal to Xigang and took the subway downstairs for 1 stop, and then took the 15th city tram to get there. What a false alarm! On holidays, it is rare to see a few pedestrians in Helsinki at 9 o'clock in the morning. It can be described as "silence" in the subway. This is in sharp contrast to the hustle and bustle of the domestic subway.
We walked out of the subway and the streets were deserted. It is hard to imagine that the city on holiday is so empty. I'm used to being in a crowded city, which makes us all feel incredible. No. 15 station is not far from the subway exit. As the time for the car to arrive at the station approached, people gradually increased. Most of them are like us, carrying backpacks or trolley suitcases. At this moment, I suddenly understood that everyone in the city had gone on vacation.
According to the regulations of Finnish transportation, we change to another bus within 1 hour, so there is no need to swipe the card for the subway and 15 bus. I thought that when I got in the car, I had to swipe the card again to prove that I had just swiped it in another car. What surprised me was that everyone went straight to the seat in the car. I couldn't help but sigh Finnish morals. I still have a question in my heart: Is it true that no one avoids the fare? Afterward, I talked to a local friend about this topic. She told me that Finns are indeed more conscious and rarely check tickets. However, she also encountered a ticket evasion in Finland once. The man was fined 80 euros on the spot.
The No. 15 tram that goes straight to Westport is full of passengers with large bags. From the station where we boarded, we arrived at the Westport Ferry Terminal in a few minutes.
The West Port of Helsinki is very large and is a very famous container terminal. The wind is very strong on the pier. Looking around, the loading and unloading bridges on the shore and the mobile cranes on the pier are particularly solid and tall against the blue sky. People are a little trivial in such a scene. The parking lot of the pier was crowded with cars, many of which belonged to Finns who took a boat trip to Tallinn. They parked their car here for a few hours, and when they came back in the evening they drove back home, which was very convenient. At around 10:10, we successfully joined our friends at the ticket gate. At this time, the depression of getting the wrong port has long been forgotten.
From here, surprises continue along the way. There are a lot of people, and our group of 10 people enters Hong Kong along with the flow of people. In the long passage leading to the cruise ship, through the glass window we saw the large cruise ship we are about to take. The children are all excited. At the entrance of the ship, two strong Estonian men checked their tickets. I heard that sometimes passengers will be asked by the ticket inspector to show their passports. Of course, our visa country is Finland. To go to another country, it is normal to be required to see a passport. However, the passports we brought on the day were useless.
Upon entering the ship, the feeling of "Titanic" came over. The cruise ship has 9 floors, and we went directly to the sixth floor from the port passage. Going further down is the cargo warehouse, and going up is the busy scene of tourists. Everyone is looking for seats up and down. In order to find an open place to look at the sea, we also joined it several times. Of course, we are not as experienced as Finns. In the end, we only found a few locations slightly off the 8th floor. Fortunately, two of these locations are near the window and can see the sea.
After sailing, the wind on the deck was strong. I very much doubt that Jack and Rose in "Titanic" would be difficult to stand romantically on the fence at the bow of the ship while the ship is moving, and also stretch their arms to fly. From my experience on the deck, if you do that, you will be blown down by the wind! Of course, for men and women in love, what kind of adventure do you dare not try?