25 August 2008

A last look at Helsinki

My most recent trawl around Helsinki uncovered several pleasures but, The Saint statue apart, no real delights. Somehow as a city it seems to lack something. That may be because it was a Sunday and it may be because I am used to the hustle and bustle of London but Helsinki does not attract me in the way that, for example, Prague, Riga and Copenhagen do.

All that said, Helsinki is plain rather than ugly and there are some parts of it that are really quite nice, such as the area around the opera house and the main promenade to the harbour. And dotted around the city centre are some very attractive buildings, such as this one.

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