Here are the last photos, plus a video clip, from Sunday 23rd July. Next year, 2018, the Tall Ships Races will sail from UK to Denmark to Norway and the Netherlands.
From Kotka the ships sailed to Turku for a four day stay from Thursday 20th to Sunday 23rd. The weather was warm and nice. The parade of sails took place from about 2 pm, when the first ships sailed down the Aura river towards Airisto, to 6 pm. Next they will be in Klaipeda in Lithuania. I was on my feet for 8 hours ! My goodness my back and feet hurt. But, it was so much worth it 😀 I, of course, also this time took way too many photos. Here are a few from the festival area along side the river. I will post more soon from the parade of sails.
I had forgotten the name of this flower so I looked it up on Google where it says it’s also called Turk’s cap. I learned the flower may be from pink, purple and white to brown and even black. I have seen them only in pink and white. I don’t have of these in my garden. These grow in the garden of a friend of mine. Google also mention it’s highly toxic to cats.
There’s a lot going on from the 12th of July to the 16th. Parades, concerts, dance, theater, amusement park, many, many festival market stalls, restaurants, fire works and, of course, the ships. We were there on Thursday. Many ships already had arrived. I was so pleased to notice some ships would still arrive on Thursday. Such a wonderful, wonderful day it was. The ships are truly both beautiful and magical.
The race route, this year, is Halmstad, Sweden – Kotka, Finland – Turku, Finland – Klaipeda, Lithuania – Szczecin, Poland.
I will post a few more photos tomorrow and another video clip 😉