St. Petersburg was the furthest port of call that we cruised to. From that point on, we started heading back to Dover, England. Our first stop was only a few miles away. Helsinki, Finland is so close to the Russian border that they actually moved the Russian capital from St. Petersburg (also known as Petrograv and Leningrad) to Moscow (back when Finland and Russia were warring nations).
The public transportation system in Finland was a little more difficult to decipher than in Oslo, Paris, or London. It took an English-speaking Fin to help us find our way to the bus that would take us to Sibelius Monument, a monument dedicate to the works of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. 600 stainless steel tubes were welded together and arranged by artist Eila Hiltunen, looking very much like a church’s organ pipes.
The Church in the Rock was next on our list of tourist things to-do. When you only have a few hours at each city, pretty much the only thing you can do is visit tourist attractions. Yes, you can eat or go shopping (which we did), but you can do that anywhere. I do wish that we were able to spend a little more time at each city, but that desire would be fulfilled when Rae and I transitioned from the boat to the City of Lights in Paris, France.