Continuing from the last blog of our visit to Finland .
My visit to Tampere and Helsinki can not be explained unless I narrate this story.
All of us have witnessed the scene where a mother is dragging high pitch crying child from the cake shop or the chocolate shop. Mother yelling at the child , ” I had told you before we entered the shop that you will get only two chocolates and you agreed ” now you want ten , that’s not allowed ” the child , being one of the smart kids now a days, says ” but you never told me that they have so many varieties ?”
Cutting the story short, within an hour of leaving the hotel for the walk around the city in Tampere, I realized that I made a blunder by agreeing to spend only two days in the city .( as mentioned in the previous blog , this entire trip to Finland was gift to me by my daughter on my 65th birthday, she had also accompanied me). to cap it ,the daylight available to shoot is only three hours a day so my photography passion would also suffer a setback.
Looking at my predicament she told me ,but Dad , You only agreed to two days here and more days in the Lapland . Crying was not an option here LOL.
The first amusing thing I witnessed, while coming out from the railway station at Tampere and walking to the hotel right opposite , the traffic lights , have you even thought that you can touch the traffic lights ? well here I could, they were so low , not all ,but those which were designed for the pedestrian and cyclists traffic .I was feeling more like being in a toy city LOL.
Next day morning we started our walk ,for a die-hard fan of European architecture , that too with a camera in hand , it took me about an hour to walk hardly half a kilometer, I was like a child lost in the Disney land .
The first thing to take my breath away was pavements with cobble stones and stone blocks.It felt like walking with in the past .To cap it all ,we came across Tampere Market Hall,popularly known as Kauppahalli. This was opened in 1901 ,it was hidden among the new shopping malls. It is place to rejoice , with food,drink and the real authentic “period “wooden chairs tables and benches , it is like entering a TIME MACHINE that takes to back more than 100 years with all the magic of the yonder years .
However long ,you wish to stay in past , it is future that holds the promises ,so we carried on the walk and came across some of the most stunning buildings and churches. Thankfully for me ,my daughter was very patient with me and allowed me to imbibe the surrounding and take photos to my hearts content , but the weather was not with us , it was soon to be dark ,hardly three hours of light in December .We made the best of it , with the promise that I AM coming back during summer to accomplish what I could not finish , taking few hundred more photos and wanderings round the most part of the city that I could not due to the limited time we had allotted to this extraordinary city .
On the short visit ,this city has left such a deep impression on my mind , like a treasure you find deep under the sea but due to the shortage of oxygen in your tank you have no other choice but to surface back and prepare for another deep drive with the bigger tank . Tampere ,HERE I come again .