Travel Blogs from Lappeenranta
... Makke’s wife, Olga, made a wonderful dinner of grilled sausages along with potatoes and salad. Topping things off, we moved to their enclosed gazebo for some Finnish pancakes (almost like crepes) as dessert. Stuffed to the gills, we waddled to the car for the 10-minute drive back to Helena’s mom’s house.
On Tuesday the 10th, our last full day there, Hoki and I decided to put on a dinner for the entire family. After ...
... I can't talk about her character, other than to say that she was devout Russian Orthodox, what I can say is that the Great Aunt smoked like no other person I had ever seen before, or since. She would light a cigarette, and before she even finished that one, she would light another. She used a short wooden cigarette holder to hold her cigarettes, and there were an endless supply of holders setting scallop ...
... vegetables, bacon-wrapped mushrooms, sliced cucumbers, sour rye bread & butter, all washed down with Finnish pilsner-type beer. It was a fantastic lunch, made even better by being outdoors in the forest, by the smell of the sauna, and the warmth of very nice late summer Finnish day. After lunch, Niina made coffee and served it with a typical coffee-bread pastry topped with baked blueberries. Now, full, I sat down to relax in the afternoon sun, while ...
... the harbor. There to meet us were Helena and her mom, Aune, Mikael & Jutta, and Terttu. We had a leisurely cruise that twisted and turned through narrow channels past island after island until we finally came to Mälkiä Lock, the first and highest lock on the Finnish side of the canal (a rise or drop of 12.4 meters or 41 feet). The canal is roughly 27 miles long and goes from Lake Saima at 78 meters above sea level to Vyborg Bay at sea level on the ...
... here. Aune and Nikolai Wolkoff had been dairy farmers like a lot of their contemporaries, but after Nikolai died in 1986 she sold her herd and retired. Her only son, Markku now runs a lumber and firewood business out of the old farm. What was once a typical Finnish pretty farm with forests skirting the edges of hay fields now looks more like an industrial site.
I first came to the Wolkoff farm in 1971, and was married at ...
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility