Once we disembarked (this is a word I wish I could use more often in conversation, honestly) from our ferry, we did what we always do: went the opposite direction of the crowd. As everyone seemed to converge left, Ban and I hung a right and headed over a little bridge to explore in peace.
Suomenlinna is a former fortress, and as such is covered in hobbity-hole hideaways, thick brick and stone walls, giant cannons and other military-ish stuff. There's an old submarine you can climb around in, too, if that's your thing.
Ban and I prefer to just wander, so we took our time enjoying the peaceful smaller islands that connect to the main one. This is where the islands' residents live and work, and their life in the middle of the sea must be very special. We saw vegetable gardens and swimmin' holes, communal toys in the playground for everyone to share, and rows and rows of stripy linen drying in the wind. I bet once the sun comes out (fist shake, will it ever?!) Suomenlinna is THE place to be- there's so many little hidden coves and beaches, and lots of fluffy grass to lay down in. There are also a few really lovely cafés and even a little tiny supermarket.
I always think how nice it would be to live somewhere like this, but then I get a little The-Hills-Have-Eyes-ish and panic. Though I'm pretty antisocial and generally dislike other humans (ha), I do find comfort knowing that our neighbours are very close by, even if the skitter-skitter-skitter of their bloody Dachshund's nails on the parquet drives us up the wall sometimes. I'm not sure how I'd feel about being out in the sea with just a handful of people around. Though, the cardamom bun we had at the little café knocked my socks off...so maybe I'd manage. Just.