This weekend I’ll spend a lot of time listening to the Helsinki Book Fair, online.
Recently I read a novel Finnjet, My Love and it brought memories to my mind.
GTS Finnjet was built at Wärtsilä Shipyard in Helsinki 1977. It was the world’s
biggest and fastest cruiseferry at the time and sailed from Helsinki to Travemünde, Germany.
There was space for 1500 passengers and 350 cars.
Plot summary: Three welders / three musqeteers who worked at the shipyard in the 70s
fly to India in 2008 to wittness the demolition of the Finnjet in Alang.
Great description of a friendship that has not always been so smooth.
Ferry trips to Sweden, Estonia and Germany are very popular among the Finns. There are
but have sailed to Stockholm & Tallinn and once to Germany. As teenager I sailed with
M/S Finnpartner to Travemünde and spent the summer in Grosshansdorf, a small town
near Hamburg and stayed at the home of the sweet Weingardt family. It was a HOT summer!
I visited the Hamburg Zoo and probably also the Ahrensburg castle.
Photo underneath: GTS Finnjet in Helsinki, the Finnish Wikipedia.
My simple calluna plantings look like this. The variegted ivy is fake,
but I thought it adds a bit of light to the plantings.
Wishing a beautiful weekend!