Blue skies again but a bit colder today.
Started off at the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma – unfortunately our visit coincided with what seemed like thousands of marauding teenagers on a school excursion. It was going to be this way all day so we bravely pushed on…
A bit of a disappointment overall- only two small exhibitions, but great architecture.
Other highlights of the day:
- Parliament House and walking into the wrong entrance (no we are not Finnish MPs!)
- Temppeliaukio Church – an amazing place quarried out of natural bedrock.
- Helping an old and infirm Finnish man home who told us about his travels to Australia and how Sweden was too decadent a place to live due to capitalism 🙂
- Finlandia Hall – a fine piece of work by Aalto
- Olympic Stadium – took a lift to the top of the 1953 iconic, modernist stadium tower – 72 vertigo inducing metres high – great views over Helsinki
- Aalto House – a short tram ride to the classy but modest home and studio of the influential modernist architect. Just the two of us on a 40min tour with the guide – a really fascinating insight into the work/life balance of someone at the top of their field.