Finland

Finland

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  • Day6

    This is Harald Milton. Harald from Helsinki, a good strong viking name and Milton was a family favourite. I asked for suggestions on social media and got some good suggestions but when he took me out to tea at his place, it had to be "Harald"
    We had a good day cruising around, even though he spent most of the day stuffed in a backpack. He enjoyed the toy museum on Suomenlinna island and sat on the rock while I dipped my feet in the Baltic sea.
    Looks as though he may have enjoyed his Harald beer a bit much though, his helmet slipped over his eyes. Was a good feast.
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  • Day8

    Due to the close ties of Finland and Sweden in the past they basically use both languages. I found the Swedish words to be helpful as Scandinavian words can be similar enough to English to work some things out, also I've been to Scandinavia a couple of times now.
    The Finnish language is totally different, you can usually tell if it's a Fin or Swedish word.
    When I first got here I heard people saying "kiitos" to each other and did a double take thinking "I know that word!". I am a fan of the Finnish band Nightwish and they often end their songs with "Kiitos!!!" So I felt at home 😊Read more

  • Day6

    Take a look at this spread! One thing I love about Europe is they know and do good bread - brown and seedy! But they don't seem to know about toast, probably don't need to with lovely fresh bread like that.
    They also cater for gluten free but I didn't bother with a picture of that.
    It's time to get back on the bike - the hips are widening again !

  • Day7

    These things remind me of Mel.
    There was a shop in Old Porvoo full of old retro stuff. There was a dress there I nearly bought but didn't, a lady went into the change room before me and I didn't want to wait around so I decided "it wasn't meant to be" and walked out.
    This shop uses old suitcases and trunks to display goods which I know Mel would love as she does a similar thing with The Purple Swamphen.
    There was also some street art called "Junk and Roses " (nicer than Guns and Roses, even though I love their music) which was very clever and looked lovely over a water feature.
    And then walking home I found these two musos. That last dude just cracked me up! 😅😅
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  • Day6

    I found a viking themed restaurant!! Harald the Viking restaurant in City Centre shopping plaza.
    Waiters were dressed in costume, the decor was very viking and the food and beer presented in traditional vessels, complete with sword!
    Loved it

  • Day7

    In Porvoo I spent a lovely rest time amongst the grass and flowers. Found a bumblebee, heard cicadas but couldn't find them, Harald Milton climbed a tree.
    Walking along the tracks I felt I could've been back in old medieval times walking or on horseback.
    There was a place called Castle Hill where these tracks were going around. There's no castle anymore but the moats dug around it are still there. These were dry moats but still effective apparently.Read more

  • Day7

    Porvoo is about 50 km east of Helsinki, a very pleasant bus ride.
    "Idyllic town with it's well preserved wooden houses and picturesque cobble-stoned streets. The city's town plan is from the Middle Ages, the low small houses, picturesque yards and narrow streets form a historically unique wooden town milieu. The symbols of Porvoo - the red warehouses on the river banks- tell the story of seafaring and trading." From a brochure
    In the old town there were lots of little shops, a couple of museums one of which was a typical old house. The cathedral there is another example of stunning craftsmenship. I'm not that religious but love looking at churches and cathedrals due to their history and often their sheer beauty.
    Porvoo - a must see and easy do
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  • Day7

    I find these signs and instructions hilarious but apparently some people in certain countries don't know how to use a loo properly. Some do actually squat on top of the seat.

    In lots of public loos here you have to pay either €1 or 2 for the attendant to open the door for you.

  • Day7

    Simply stunning. The organ pipes playing were a beautiful touch. Every half hour the bell tolled all over town.
    It has a rough history being burnt down several times, laid to waste by Danish pirates, bombed in WW2. The oldest part of the greystone dates back to the late 13th century and has had many renovations and additions over the centuries. It became a cathedral in 1723
    Services are held on Sundays and church holidays at 10am in Finnish and at 12 pm in SwedishRead more

  • Day6

    I went on a 1 1/2 hour canal cruise on a sightseeing boat today. Free with my Helsinki card. Some boats let you hop off on some of the Islands but this one didn't. It had a commentary though which was good to get the history of them.
    People live there and commute by boat to Helsinki, it doesn't take long as they're only just off the coast.
    Suomenlinna is the biggest and most interesting one as it was a Russian sea fortress before Finland's Independence 100 years ago.Read more

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