PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

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Re: Helsinki, September 1-2 Meetup

Postby JanneK » Thu Jun 28, 2012 1:58 pm

Padma wrote:We often take our children with us! They are now not quite as young as when they first came with us to Hydra - and, a few years ago they came to Krakow with us and loved every minute of it. Depending on how young they are, I would suggest you take them with you!
What a lovely idea, but maybe more topical for our family few years later. By the concert time our children are 3 and 1 years old, so as exciting it would be for them to meet so many new people, I doubt that they wouldn't love every minute :)

Besides the question whether we are taking our children along is no longer relevant. Any of the grandma's couldn't travel with us, so we don't have a babysitter even for the concert night. So we sadly can't make it either for the meet-up or the concert. I actually sold the tickets already.

I wish all of you a magnificent concert and enjoyable meet-up! I wish I could join you, but maybe next time (if there'll ever be next time) :)
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Re: UPDATED: Helsinki, September 1-2 Meetup

Postby jarkko » Fri Aug 17, 2012 8:34 pm

Now I have finalized our Meetup plans. Adam Cohen will open Leonard's Art Exhibition on Thursday, August 30 -- unfortunately too early for our international members. Don't worry, we will go to Porvoo to see the exhibition on Sunday morning! But let's start with Saturday:

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Our members will arrive according to their own travel schedules - the first ones very early, the last just a moment before our Dinner. Therefore I have programmed some meeting points during our Helsinki Tour so that you may join (or leave) us whenever you want!!!

1. MEETUP at 10.30 at the statue of Marshall Mannerheim, Mannerheimintie, close to the railway and bus stations:

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Please don't be late - we will start at 10.30, and first walk to the Market Square (Mannerheimintie - Pohjois Esplanadi).

CRUISE AROUND HELSINKI AND ARCHIPELAGO (90 minutes) at 11.30 (we have to get tickets by 11). 15 eur per person if we have 10 members, otherwise 17 eur. Lunch available on board (12 eur).

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Our cruise is marked with a blue line.

In case of bad weather we will decide what to do.

2. YOU MAY JOIN US after the cruise at 13.00 at the STATUE OF HAVIS AMANDA next to the Market Square!

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We will walk to the Railway Station Square and take a tram trip around Helsinki (40 min) onboard a very special Pub tram!

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The trip costs (with my bonus card) 6 eur. Beer and wine available onboard. The drive is very popular and the tram is small - we have to get to the tram stop by 13.30 to get tickets!

Note: if you want to do the tram tour later, there are departures also at 15, 17, and 18. (Arrive 30 min before!) This is the last day this year, so no trips on Sunday. Regular price is 8 eur. Startin point Mikonkatu, in front of Restaurant Fennia. http://www.koff.net/sporakoff/

3. YOU MAY JOIN US at the Mannerheim statue at 15.00 (see # 1) for a walk around the city center . We will have a coffee break under way. Max 2 h.

4. DINNER at Restaurant Alexandria at 19.00 , Katajanokanlaituri 5, very close to the Market Square and President's Castle.
For more, go to http://www.ravintola-aleksandria.fi/aleksandria/ (you will also see the menu in English etc. at http://www.ravintola-aleksandria.fi/ale ... php?s=menu )

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"Kauppatori" = the Market Square
A = Restaurant Alexandria

Note: let me know NOW if you will join us for the dinner (if you haven't yet)

After the dinner we probably go to a pub to have a beer or something.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 2

We will go to the city of Porvoo (outside Helsinki, 1 hour by bus, 11,40 eur per drive) to see Leonard's Art Exhibition!

Leonard's art prints are exhibited at the new Art Factory, http://www.taidetehdas.fi/
No admittance fee to the exhibtion. You may also buy Leonard's Art Cataloque (and some of his prints! :razz: )

Meetup for the trip at the Central Bus Station (between hotels Scandic Simonkenttä and Presidentti). From street level, take the escalator down to the long distance gates ("Kaukoliikennelaiturit"). The departure time of the bus is 10.00. You may buy the ticket from the driver. Sinikka will guide you to Porvoo (I will have to come by car, to keep the tight schedule of Sunday). You will find the escalator on the right of this strange looking yellow thing in the street level:

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Come early - the bus does not wait!

After the exhibition, we will have time to have a lunch in Porvoo - and a little sightseeing walk around the famous old wooden city. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Porvoo

CONCERT at Sonera Stadium at 19 (4 hours) - Make sure you have warm clothes & raincoat just in case (no umbrellas allowed)...

After the concert we plan to have beer at Oluttupa Viisi Penniä, a pub at Mannerheimintie 55. More here: http://oluttupa.viisipennia.fi/
From the Sonera Stadium, just go to the main street Mannerheimintie, follow it 200 m to the right and the pub is there! It will be open until 2.00 - note that it may be pretty crowded after the concert.

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So, a lot to do and see. Let's hope that we will have reasonable weather!

If you arrive already on Friday, please contact me, we may have plans also for that night.

See you guys in Helsinki!!!

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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby tess adams » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:11 pm

Hi

I've just joined your forum, and have just booked fights to Helsinki (from London). Does anyone have any tickets for 2nd or know of anyone who has? I have been reading your Itinerary and would like to join you at some point on the meet up trail. Any recommendations as to accommodation also. Many thanks. Tess
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby jarkko » Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:05 pm

Welcome Tess!
The official ticket seller http://www.lippupalvelu.fi has still a limited number of tickets.
Please let me know if you come to the dinner. No reservation needed for the other activities.
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby tess adams » Sat Aug 18, 2012 1:14 pm

Thank you very much for the info. I've now booked tickets to Helsinki Stadium (Im quite proud of myself as I couldn't seem to translate to English so did it all in Finnish!). Now I'm just booking hotel. Yes, please include us for the dinner - do you need a deposit?
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby jarkko » Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:23 pm

No deposit needed - I only need to know the approximate number of people coming.
We can't get exact number because we may (or may not) have some surprise attendees as well.
Everybody selects food and drinks from the menu and pays directly to the restaurant.

By the way, the ticket pages of lippupalvelu.fi are also in English - you only have to click on
your language selection on the right on the front page (before searching the artist)!
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby jarkko » Mon Aug 20, 2012 3:13 pm

In the map below you will find some of our meeting points for the Helsinki walking tour and the trip to Porvoo.
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The upper black point (next to KIASMA, the Museum of Modern Art) is the statue of Marshal Mannerheim.

The other black point is the central bus station, Kamppi - it looks like a big shopping mall (and also is!). To get to the Porvoo bus, you will need to go one level down.

Those of you who stay at Hotel Scandic Simonkenttä: the bus station/Kamppi Mall is located next to the hotel. Just go down to the square (Narikkatori) in the back of the hotel!!!
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby jarkko » Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:12 am

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Adam and his favorite painting. He opened yesterday Leonard's Art Exhibition in Porvoo, Finland.
A Photo Gallery at http://cohen.1g.fi/#/kuvat/Leonard+Cohe ... in+Porvoo/

Next Sunday we will go together to Porvoo to see the art exhibition!
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby Ksenia » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:45 am

Hey guys!

Unfortunately, I won't be able to join you at the meet-up but I have a question, I hope this is the right place to ask.
What's the best way to get to the Stadium from city center? Is it a good idea to take tram 7A?
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby terok » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:55 pm

The nearest stops are 'Töölön halli' or 'Kansaneläkelaitos'. You'll get there on trams 4, 4T, 7A and 10. 3T takes a bit longer route.

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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby Mabeanie1 » Sat Sep 01, 2012 5:27 pm

The weather was not kind to us this afternoon and we were unable to take the planned walking / sightseeing tour because of heavy rain. However, it is a small price to pay if the rain stays away tomorrow evening .....

Fingers crossed!

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PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby jarkko » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:51 pm

But we were able to do the cruise and pub tram drive before the rain, and this evening 52 of us had great time at Restaurant Alexandria! Now looking forward to the art exhibition in Porvoo and the concert!
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby Mabeanie1 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 12:37 am

jarkko wrote:But we were able to do the cruise and pub tram drive before the rain, and this evening 52 of us had great time at Restaurant Alexandria! Now looking forward to the art exhibition in Porvoo and the concert!
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Postby lidsleu » Sun Sep 02, 2012 6:44 am

Good morning!

I am coming to the concert tonight, unfortunately my husband has to stay at home and I have one extra ticket quite in front ("Permanto B, rivi 7"). If you know anyone who needs a ticket, contact me by mobile during the day: +358-400-851739. I will be in Helsinki at about 2 p.m., plan to arrive at Sonera Stadium at around 6 p.m. Ulla
....some time later: my neighbour will join me for the concert, so the ticket I offered isn't available any more! I'm looking forward to the concert!
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Re: PROGRAM FOR THE HELSINKI MEETUP, Sept 1-2

Postby Mabeanie1 » Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:09 pm

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Jarkko, Eija and Sinikka for all their hard work, firstly to organise our weekend in Helsinki and secondly, for guiding us so expertly during yesterday and today. As Jarkko mentioned, we took a boat trip and tram tour yesterday morning / lunchtime and we enjoyed a lovely dinner amongst friends yesterday evening. Today, Sinikka escorted a large group of us to Porvoo where we met up with Jarkko and Eija at the exhibition of Leonard's art work. There were some suprises - some paintings I had not seen before and an Australian harp player who played and sang some of Leonard's songs whilst we enjoyed the art. We followed that with a tour of the old city of Porvoo before returning to Helsinki.

Now we just have the main event to go. The clouds are clearing and we have lots of blue sky so we are hopeful we will have a nice dry evening for the concert.

Thank you Jarkko, Eija and Sinikka for making all this happen for your visitors.

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