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