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Porvoo

We have been to Helsinki before -- so we would like to visit Porvoo -- since my husband has some mobility issues -- I want the trip to be as easy as possible. I was thinking of a guide with car to meet us at pier and take us there, show us around, and then return us to the ship. Are there better ways to do it? How can I find a reliable guide? Where should we eat in Porvoo -- some place that is not overrun with tourists but convenient and good? Thank you.

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Porvoo is a pretty tough location for visitors with mobility problems. How much mobility does your husband have? You mention a pier: are you planning to go there by sea?

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Yes, we are on a cruise. He can walk slowly; needs to rest or sit down every 2 blocks or so. Cobblestone's aren't great for him -- he would probably be slower and need more rests. Sometimes, we have found that the streets are easier than the sidewalks. Any suggestions you can give us would be helpful. We enjoyed Helsinki immensely but thought for this trip we would like to see something new. Perhaps you have another suggestion.

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Ah, cruise, right. Now I know your pier is in Helsinki, not Porvoo. Porvoo's an hour's drive away, for a start. I suggest you stay in Helsinki instead of chopping two hours off your limited time. There is a lot more to Helsinki than the standard tour, so another look around won't be overdoing it.

It would be helpful to know what your interests are and what you have seen and are NOT interested in seeing again. I guess you have done the usual Kauppatori-Senate Square-Sibelius monument-rock church tour? (I'm asking only so I know what to 'eliminate from my inquiries'.)

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First of all, thank you for being so helpful. The last time we spent 3 days in Helsinki -- and it was when my husband could walk blocks and blocks -- about 15 years ago. We did a standard bus tour but then walked around a lot. Went over to the fortress for an afternoon. We like art, theater, music, etc. as well as history. I was thinking of trying to find a guide for a tour of architecture/design. I am part Danish/Swedish and love Scandinavian design. Thank you so much for your advice.

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5. Re: Porvoo

As Helsinki is rather small, why not consider a rikshaw for a day. As it is a cycle, it can take you from door to door whatever you like to see. Check these:

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Riksha-Helsinki/143880665681471?ref=mf#!/pages/Riksha-Helsinki/143880665681471?sk=info

http://www.riksavuokraus.fi/en/

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A couple of easy-access possibilities come to mind. Firstly, the beer tram for an unusual tour. This modified antique tram passes by many of the main sights AND serves drinks. The terminus is at the Rautatientori end of Mikonkatu but you can also board along the route. Soft drinks available. My old mom loved this in her later years and she was no drinker! http://www.sinebrychoff.fi/?page_id=476

Another is a seaborne tour. There are several of these and they all depart from the Kauppatori shore. Some include lunch in the tour, which is a handy use of time.

As for architecture, there are some great examples of the Finnish variant of art nouveau architecture in the Katajanokka district, which is right next to Kauppatori - it's where the Orthodox Uspenski Cathedral is. A stroll there should not be too taxing and there are attractive places to stop for a rest.

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Thanks to both of you for all the good information. We will consider them all -- luckily we have a month before we leave (we are in Helsinki July 30) and none of these need to be booked far in advance. Where would you suggest for lunch? (My husband is not a fish lover). What museum might you recommend -- that focus on Scandinavian design/crafts? Stores? Thank you so much. Would you be available to meet for a drink?

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The Design Museum is the obvious place, a short walk or tram ride from the center. http://www.designmuseum.fi/main.asp?sid=2

I'm nearly always ready for a drink! Assuming I'm in town - I don't plan that far ahead. Let's PM later.

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If you head for the Design museum, I suggest you eat lunch at the restaurant Juuri, just a block from the museum on Korkeavuorenkatu. http://www.juuri.fi/en/

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