Tourist coaches generally orient footfall towards the four lanes of traffic on Mechelininkatu when visiting the Sibelius Monument (to us Helsinki’s most persistently baffling photo op). But on the other side of the monument and the park, water beckons.
And Regatta. Regatta is a little red cabin (just up from the 1930s Rowing Stadium) serving coffee, pulla (buns) and good cheer. Regatta pays you to have an extra cup of coffee (“santsi kuppi“). Regatta is friendly and interesting. And Regatta makes sure that nothing you see around you remains a mystery.
This is Regatta’s Official Car
This is a boat
Collecting point for dirty dishes
This is a box of carrots (as well as a word game, porkkanalaatikko is carrot bake, a popular dish at Finnish Christmas dinners).
Take care: Nail!
And the one below is a particular favourite of JHJ’s. “Dear (esteemed) driver. You are on private property. Brief (about 10 min.) pit stops allowed. Please take care of the City’s lawn.”