the entrance to Castle Hill
I was lucky enough to spend 3 weeks in Turku, Finland with Bridget's family in June. I'm in love with Finland! Correction: I'm in love with Finland in the summer time. I arrived on June 10, Craig arrived 10 days later, then we departed on July 1.
The Palmers bought some used bicycles for us and we rode-rode-rode all over the place. Turku is a small city and their family lives about a mile from the city center. It was so easy to cruise down hill to the cathedral, the castle, the harbor, and to ride upriver and downriver and through the city. In the photo above you see me about to head up the trail to the top of a hill where in Medieval times there was a castle that commanded views in every direction. That site is about a 5-mile bike ride away and we rode it often.
We hiked up and down mountains and on narrow boardwalks through marshes. One day we did a 20-mile bike ride to the southern tip of Russalo, an island in the archipelago. After a rest and dinner back at home, we hiked eight miles through a national park. In summertime Finland it doesn't get dark until after midnight, so you can do that.
from the summit of Castle Hill
an uphill hike in another area whose summit gives a panorama of Turku from the structure below
scenery in the marsh
another marsh hike
warming hut where we enjoyed hot sausages
wading pool at the local park: the weather wasn't super warm but our grandgirls didn't care
I want pretty door handles like this in my house
More about Finland tomorrow