Short stop in Tampere

July 26th, 2009 by UFO in Traveling

Thanks to a cheap flight from Ryanair we could extend our holiday in Riga with a short trip to Tampere. We arrived quite late, so we went directly to hotel. I was puzzled when they did not have any reservation for us, but then it came to me, that we are in a different one :-D! It was another we checked while searching for accommodation. I felt quite stupid for the rest of the day because of that mistake.

The Mango hotel was not so far from the centre. The room was furnished with an antique furniture, it looked very good. Early morning we went for a breakfast. The food was really good, we spend there almost an hour (I had to try everything :-)).

We walked in the city in the same way like we had done in Riga before – using map with points of interest. We also stopped in the souvenirs shop. I was very surprised that in the Christmas souvenir shop in the middle of Tampere there was a collection of merchandise with Czech „Krteček“ :-D.

Hämeenkatu, Tampere's main street

We came to Tampere not only to see the city, but also to visit the Särkänniemi amusement park. Just to see some of the roller coasters made my stomach sick. We tried some of them, but not the „Vertigo“, it was too crazy. Look at the pictures, it is the one, where the people are mostly upside down :-). We visited also some easier attractions and ate lunch. I also had to buy candy cane :-P, because I had not had it for a long time.

Dolphinarium in Särkänniemi amusement park

In the evening we went to catch a bus back to the airport. To catch, literally. Buses in Finland do not stop on the stations unless you stay on the edge of the side walk waving. Our bus was going behind the another one and almost did not bother to stop, maybe because the driver thought everybody wants to the first one. But thanks to Alina (and her running and waving) the bus picked us up :-).

The rest of the trip was quite tiring, we had to wait for several hours in Riga for the bus back to Vilnius. We arrived in the morning. At home we fell asleep and slept almost till the evening.


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