[council] Social: Helsinki

Phil Corwin psc at vlaw-dc.com
Fri Jun 17 13:31:50 UTC 2016

Very helpful Juff. I arrive late Friday afternoon 6/24.

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> On Jun 17, 2016, at 9:22 AM, Johan Helsingius <julf at julf.com> wrote:
> Mason,
>> Nice idea, Julf.  I get in Saturday and could use some ideas for
>> something to see/do that afternoon.
> "Must see" things are the Rock Church (Temppeliaukio),
> http://www.helsinginkirkot.fi/en/churches/rock-church-temppeliaukio
> very close to our meeting venue, and the market square
> and the neoclassical administrative centre around the
> Senate Square, with government buildings, main building
> of University of Helsinki, and Cathedral, but that is
> something we can check out either Monday night (as the
> City Hall where the Monday reception is held is in
> the middle of the area) or Tuesday on our way to the
> Council dinner.
> On Saturday, most Finns will be nursing their hangovers
> from Midsummer Night (Friday), so museums and art
> galleries should be quiet and empty. :)
> Here is a University of Helsinki memo on Midsummer
> in Helsinki:
> http://blogs.helsinki.fi/welcometouh/2012/06/21/juhannus-magical-midsummer-in-finland/
> For art museums, there is the Ateneum art museum
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ateneum
> with Finnish classical art, the Sinebrychoff Art Museum
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sinebrychoff_Art_Museum
> with older European art, and Kiasma
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kiasma
> with modern art. All are in architecturally interesting
> buildings - but Helsinki is not Paris, Vienna or
> London :)
> There is also a smallish Design Museum
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_Museum,_Helsinki,
> in the same block as the Museum of Finnish Architecture,
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Finnish_Architecture
> There are lots of interesting Art Noveau buildings in Punavuori
> (west-southwest of Scandic Marski hotel), Ullanlinna
> and Katajanokka (south).
> Something that is easy to miss out is that there are lots of
> underground passages (appreciated by locals on cold winter
> days). Easiest way to see them is to go down to the
> underground levels at Forum shopping mall, central
> railway station, or Sokos or Stockmann department stores.
> Main shopping streets are Aleksanterinkatu and
> Esplanadi - the esplanade leading down to the old
> harbour / market square. Just before market square
> you can drop in at Cafe/restaurant Kappeli
> http://www.kappeli.fi/index.php?id=frontpage
> where the Helsinki cultural leaders plotted
> independence (and got very drunk) in the late
> 1800's.
>    Julf

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