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    • Day18

      Regatta-Wochenende in Finnland

      July 6, 2019 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Wenn die finnischen Segler ihre Rangliste aussegeln, sitzen alle Bewohner und Gäste von Hanko in den rötlichen Felsen, schauen zu und genießen den windigen Sommertag. Und einer genießt und malt mit Bruno unter dem Tisch.

      When the Finnish sailors sail out their rankings, all residents and guests of Hanko sit in the reddish rocks, watch and enjoy the windy summer day. And one enjoys and paints with Bruno under the table.
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      Tolles Bild. Ich könnte sie ja alle kaufen. Suche noch freie Wände 😏


      Wow, so habe ich den Norden auch in Erinnerung. Urlaubsgefühle😎....


      ob der Tisch hält, wenn ein Weibchen vorbeiläuft?

    • Day44

      Hanko Camping Silversand

      July 14, 2022 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

      Der Vorletzte Stop unserer Reise. Wir bleiben drei Nächte. Femke genießt direkt ihre Freizeit und läuft zum Spielplatz. Eine Seilbahn und zwei Hüpfburgen haben es ihr angetan. Und auch wir genießen, trotz sehr wechselhaftem Wetter und nur noch ca 16°C, die Tage zum Entspannen.Read more

    • Day7

      Heading South

      July 31, 2019 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      Made damn sure we were inside for breakie - there on the dot of 8 - first in (not last out though) Having been up early we were blessed with time to do the walk to the most Southerly point in Finland. The catch was the weather was a bit rubbish - rained just before breakie, was windy & to be frank a bit chilly - I know Finland is an Arctic country but it was 30° a couple of days ago. Wrapped up warm(ish) or at least as well as packed clothing allowed. Car park was fairly empty & didn't encounter many people going out. Plenty of signs in English about shipwrecks, sea cale & the German barracks. Thankfully by the time we made it to the Finnish Lands End, things were beginning to brighten up. To compare it to Lands End is daft really - it is far more subdued - a faded plaque & that is it. The fact that it is a nature reserve may have something to do with it. Headed back & things were definitely getting busier - much too much singing for my liking. By the car coats & fleeces had been discarded.Read more

    • Day5

      Hanko - a Finnish Llandudno

      July 29, 2019 in Finland ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

      Between Helsinki & Hanko - trees & more trees. A 70 mile journey drew parallels with day trips to Llandudno. We didn't pass through a single town or village of any note, plenty of farms & a couple of intriguing war museums - the parallels dried up pretty quickly. Plesantly surprised to note, on arrival, that Hanko has a Thai restaurant, also has an Elvis burger - all isn't great. Happily we could check in early, though the cakes in the cafe were more appealing to Liz than unpacking. The usual explore - 3 beaches a stones throw away. Took a look at the tourist quay - lots of expensive boats & restaurants. Headed to the main beach - where 'everyone' was. It was busier than the other 2 beaches - more by default - the other 2 had no-one on them. Took another bracing Baltic dip - though it wasn't as bad as expected (again) though very shallow & the lack of waves made getting in a challenge. Not the only challenge - finding an open restaurant. Seems the thing to do here is lunch late or dinner early. By 6 most were closed - it'd blow Spanish minds. Ended up resorting to one of the pricey quayside joints - the priciest pizza ever - was very nice though.Read more

    • Day6

      Breakie with a blanket

      July 30, 2019 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

      Another town, another run route - along one of the further town beaches. Bit windy & bit chilly - not many out. Back in plenty of time for breakie - would it be sufficient to get through to a late lunch / early tea. Slight cause for concern was a couple of girls eating outside in the chill - just hardy Fins. On closer inspection there were plainly too few tables for the full hotel - we were going to have to be hardy too - at least there were blankets. That said I was still a bit warm from the run. What irked was a couple of people who had downstairs sun rooms next to the lounge chose to eat in the lounge. Not fair. Inspite of the chill, filled up with multiple dollops of porridge, pancakes, Finnish meatballs & fruit. The onset of light rain suggested a beach day wasn't in the offing so a walking day it was to be. Nearby headland walk - apparently named the lovers path, which rather incongruously had numerous remains of Finland's part in the war. Eventually the sun appeared & helped the views of Hanko. The bunkers & gun emplacements were interesting, though still need to determine where Finland figures in the cast of WW2. Back to town & stumbled on the toursit info - got some recommendations, 1 of which was to climb the water tower, though it wasn't open for 20 mins. She gave us an architecture tour brochure to tide us over. Where a bizarre seal / worm / loch ness monster sculpture figures on that is open to debate. The watertower / watchtower was only 2 euros - for once sonething in Finland that is cheap. A creaky lift took us up & the views of the town & the Batic Islands were great. Picked out where we were staying & even our car. Popped into the church on the way back - typical Scandinavian minimalism - yet again.Read more

    • Day7

      Mad weather

      July 31, 2019 in Finland ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

      Back to the hotel & sat out on the veranda for a while soaking up the rays, reading & scoffing bickies. By now the wind had really calmed down so a final bit of beach time was called for - no beaches or sunshine by the look of it in Russia. Thought I'd give Stand up surfing a go. If I can't manage it when it's a mill pond, there's no hope. Was a bit wobbly initially but got the hang of it - no surf so just paddling ... to an island, to the next beach, to disturb Liz & her reading. Managed to avoid falling in - contemplated diving in to cool off - hard work - but wasn't sure I'd be able to get back on. Board returned & off for tea - the beach shack was open & the sun was out - burger & a beer - what could be better? A fairly steep price. It was nice though. Wandered back via the far beach & the oldies tennis tournament - still whacking it hard.Read more

    • Day6

      Entertaining crows

      July 30, 2019 in Finland ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

      One of the other recommendations was a 5 mile hike to the most Southerly point on mainland Finland, but with lunchtime being the only time at the Thai, it seemed a trifle optimistic to get that done. Opted for a nature trail that had been circled on the hotel map. According to Google there didn't appear to be any parking so it was possible it could be a 6 mile drive to nowhere. Thankfully there was & only 1 other car - unlikely to be disturbed by ghetto blasters as the info plaques repeatedly showed illustrating strange goings on. A couple of the does and don'ts google managed to translate (badly) others - no sense. Contrasting walk through woodland (apt since 70% of Finland is wooded) seashore & rocky outcrop island. As we left the hoades approached - 1 family, 1 man & his dog. Headed back via the Thai to check it looked open - check. Back to sort a couple of things & then off for Thai. Except - went in - plenty of food at the buffet, people sat down, went to the cashier to pay / check procedure. "We're closed" err right. Sharp exit. Bizarre - lots of food going to waste - might want to update your sign that says open till 6. Took a drive to the North to ponder next move. Had a look at a fish restaurant - swiftly rejected when fish & chips came in at £23 each. Headed to Lidl to sort a picnic on the beach. Ended up being stalked by a crow - circled us numerous times - couldn't make out how to get the crumbs. Entertaining. Watched a few hardy souls going for an evening swim - not for me - though they did have wetsuits - wimps.Read more

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    Hanko, Hangon Kaupunki, Hangö

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