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Turku Castle

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On Saturday I visited Turku Castle with friends. It was on my list of places to visit for a very long time. Turku is 170 km away from Helsinki. By train about two hours. It was quite a walk from the railway station. We walked both ways. At the castle we took a one hour guided tour. It took us around in the main building. It was very interesting to learn so much of the history of the castle. After the guided tour we spent one more hour to walk in the museum parts. My feet and legs hurt the next day. There are so many steps to climb in the castle. Many of them very steep, high and narrow.

There were many visitors so it was not easy to take pictures nor was it allowed to use the flash. The pictures are what they are.

Nowadays you may rent facilities for meetings, conferences, weddings, dinners etc. We easily could have spent much more time in the castle but had to leave to have time for lunch. Panimoravintola Koulu is a Finnish Brewery restaurant. It is situated in a former school building from 1889. Nice place, good food. It was a gorgeous, beautiful autumn day ! Thanks my friends for all the hilarious discussions and laughter.

If you ever visit Turku I warmly recommend visiting the castle. Meanwhile, for more, visit the website http://www.turunlinna.fi

 

Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

Yesterday we visited the mill in Verla together with friends. Verla, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1996, is about 170 kilometer northeast from us. Oh my, the weather Gods had programmed rain and wind with gusts for the entire day. Despite the rain we had a great day. The site is beautiful and the 1 h guided tour was so interesting. To my surprise and disappointment photographing inside the mill was not allowed.

The guide told us working there was so hard. Very long working hours, very heavy materials, extremely cold in parts of the mill and extremely hot in other parts. Good I was not at work there !

The gray spots in some the pictures are raindrops on the lens. My friends said the owner’s residence reminds of the house in the Hitchcock movie. 

http://www.verla.fi/en

Raseborg Castle Ruins

Yesterday we visited The Raseborg Castle Ruins. Something we had planned to do I don’t know for how many years. It’s about some 85-87 kilometers from us. It was a nice sunny day. The brochure I took says: “The castle dates back to 1378 and is located on a high cliff because the castle was more or less surrounded by water. In front of the castle is today a meadow, suitable for the annual midsummer party and other summer events.” It was interesting. I regret I didn’t climb the stairs all the way up to have a look at the view. Next time I will. Suddenly there were some very dark clouds in the sky so we hurried to the cafeteria. We made it there just in time before the first drops. Then there was the downpour ! We had forgot the umbrellas in the camper. Luckily it rained only for about 15 minutes so by the time we had finished our “lunch” the sun was shining again.
Raseborg Castle Ruins

Raseborg Castle Ruins

Raseborg Castle Ruins

Raseborg Castle Ruins

Raseborg Castle Ruins

Raseborg Castle Ruins Cafeteria

Raseborg Castle Ruins Cafeteria

Raseborg Castle Ruins Cafeteria

Raseborg Castle Ruins

Our camper

Vintage Tram Ride

Yesterday we went to down town Helsinki for a vintage tram ride which we already planned to do last summer. We sat in the open wagon/trailer which is from 1919. It was strange and a bit scary. I would have felt much more comfortable wearing both a helmet and a seat belt. You could feel the draft of the passing cars and trams. I was happy to sit on the side of the sidewalk. It was not a smooth ride. It was a lot of swaying and rattling. I kept my fingers crossed for it not to fall of the rail. During all the ride I had to hold on to the seat with my other hand and with the other one I took pictures. Understandable I had to delete many because they were too blurry. Anyway, it was interesting and worth the price. The old trams has the old elegance but the nowadays trams are more comfortable.

Hmmm, 5 € / person

Hmmm, 5 € / person

Oh, here it comes. Let's go !

Oh, here it comes. Let’s go !

The conductor said when rainy all sit in the front car. Good, it's not so we get to sit in the open trailer.

The conductor said when rainy all sit in the front car. Good, it’s not so we get to sit in the open trailer.

Oops, just a thin railing to prevent falling off !

Oops, just a thin railing to prevent falling off !

He is just talking, talking . . .

He is just talking, talking . . .

Boooring, can't we go now ? !

Boooring, can’t we go now ? !

Hey, we are moving. L. hold on to my leash cause this to me seems unsafe.

Hey, we are moving. L. hold on to my leash cause this to me seems unsafe.

Going up the Aleksanterinkatu.

Going up the Aleksanterinkatu.

Still on Aleksanterinkatu.

Still on Aleksanterinkatu.

Outside Stockmann department store about to turn to the right to Mannerheimintie.

Outside Stockmann department store about to turn to the right to Mannerheimintie.

Down the Kaivokatu passing the Railwaystation on the left. There are the stone lantern statues.

Down the Kaivokatu passing the Railwaystation on the left. There are the stone lantern statues.

Turning from Kaiseniemenkatu to Elisabetinkatu.

Turning from Kaiseniemenkatu to Elisabetinkatu.

The ride is over. Still time to take a couple of photos from inside the front car.

The ride is over. Still time to take a couple of photos from inside the front car.

This is where the driver operates.

This is where the driver operates.

@ Visavuori Museum

Yesterday we visited Visavuori Museum together with friends of ours. It was the home of the sculptor Emil Wikström from 1894 till his death in 1942. It is situated in Sääksmäki, about 130 km from Helsinki.Visavuori Museum IMG_9697C
We took a guided tour. Here is some of what the guide told us. Emil Wikström himself designed the first building with a combined studio and home which unfortunately was distroyed by a fire. He then decided to have the studio and home separate and built two buildings. The one with the tower was his studio the other their home.
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Window in the cafeteria. The cafeteria which once  was the bronze foundry.
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You can see four of this lantern/lamp designed by him in the front of the main railway station in Helsinki. There are the statues in stone of two pairs of mythical giants, also called the stone men, holding lanterns in their hands.
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An organ, up in the tower, built by his brother.
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The living room.
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The kitchen stove and oven.
Visavuori Museum
Visavuori Museum
The family home.
Visavuori Museum
Visavuori Museum
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Finnish Silverline is sailing the lake Vanaja from Tampere to Hämeenlinna with several stops of which one is at Visavuori. We had planned to by ship go to Hämeenlinna (2,5 h). Due to unfortunate reasons we didn’t. We will make the tour an other time. But we went down to the dock the see one friend go. Thank you dear friends for a wonderful, interesting day.

The Old Home Town . . .

Yes, the old home town still looks the same.

Yesterday we celebrated Mother’s Day. In the afternoon we drove to both my husband’s mother’s grave which is here nearby and then also to my mother’s grave to put flowers on them. My mother is buried in Borgå/Porvoo, my old hometown. It is about 60 km from us. The weather was beautiful. I could not help but, once again, take a few photos of the church and the old river side storage buildings down by the river. The views are to me so familiar since childhood and school years. I grew up in a small village about 10 km from Borgå. If we needed to go to a doctor, pharmacy, buy new clothes etc we went by train to Borgå. After my first five school years in the village I went to school in Borgå. I went by train. From the train station we (I and other school children) daily walked, the about 1 km walk, over the bridge through the old town to the school. So the views, to me, are so dear and familiar.
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 My geography/zoology/biology teacher lived in the yellow house with a balcony. She invited our class once for lemonade and buns.

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My aunt lived in the yellow two stored house up on the hill.

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Hämeenlinna

Yesterday I was in Hämeenlinna with friends. Last year when we were Tampere we decided to next time visit Hämeenlinna. We went by the 9:19 am train from Helsinki and arrived Hämeenlinna at 10:36 am.

We walked to the center to have coffee at Cafe Laurell. The café/the bakery took part in the competition Finland’s Best Bakery. They were in the finals and became second. I had in mind to have coffee and a rye bread sandwich. But, as soon as I saw all slices of cakes, pies and cupcakes I changed my mind. Rye bread I can have at home. After the coffees and goodies it was time to continue to The Häme Castle.

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The main attraction for our trip. The castle was built in the end of the 1200s and the beginning of the 1300s. At 1 pm there was a guided tour for about 45 minutes. It was very interesting. Today there are many events. E.g. In December the St. Thomas Christmas Market. In April Easter Market in August Häme Medieval Fair. You can rent facilities for dinners, weddings etc. After the guide left we still stayed there for a short while.

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We had booked a table at restaurant Piparkakkutalo “The Gingerbread House” to 3 pm. There was still plenty of time, so we were walking, walking, walking, talking, talking, talking and didn’t notice we had walked too far. Oops, now we had to hurry and find the way back . The restaurant is very popular and there were so many people, I think there was not one empty seat/table left. I had Karitsa Wallenberg. Steak made of ground lamb, served with red wine sauce, roasted root vegetables, mashed potato with goat cheese. It was yummy. We shared a bottle of wine. For dessert I had coffee and strawberry ice cream with strawberry sauce.

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A look at the clock. Almost 6 pm. Time to walk to the railway station and the 6:23 pm train. Back in Helsinki at 7:41 pm. As always my hubby and Canelo were there to pick me up.

Such a nice day despite the bit chilly wind and gray skies. Good thing, it was not raining.

Visiting Tampere and Vehoniemi

We went on a one day trip to Tampere and Vehoniemi with the camper. A last trip for the season. The weather was so nice.

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White chocolate cake/pie = birthday cake, Leif turned 70 

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 A music band playing at the fish market.

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Nice colours – delicious

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Art on a wall. Leif said the guy needs help to keep the handle.
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Tammerkoski Waterfall – Old factory buildings
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Tammerkoski Bridge – Old factory buildings
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Leif and Canelo

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Näsinneula Observation Tower
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Classic Car Museum
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Rolls Royce from 1921
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Leif’s first car in 1962 was a Moskovitch model 1955. Exactly like this one but in gray.
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Moskovitch and Volkswagen
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View over lake Roine from the museum
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“Sokerimunkki” sugar donut and white chocolate cake.

Quiet Night

We took a tour to down town Helsinki on Friday at about 9:45 pm. Where were all the people. An empty town. So quiet and peaceful. Oh yes ! The Football World Cup. We didn’t stay for very long. After a couple of pictures we went back home.
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Cruise ship MV Silver Whisper at Helsinki Katajanokka harbour.
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The Brig Tre Kronor af Stockholm at the South Harbour.