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Our Flight from Tallinn was at 12.50 to Turku with a stopover in Helsinki and a total travel time of 1hr 45. Both flights were only 20-30 mins. By the time we were in the air we were starting our descent again. We arrived in Turku by just after 2.30 pm and caught the No 1 Bus to the town square and walked 10 mins to our Hotel at the Holiday Inn. We …
... has been living in Helsinki for years. Our night ferry to St. Petersburg, Russia leaves Saturday night and we're excited about that too. We have a 72 hour visa free excursion there. The visa process in Russia is painful and expensive. The cost of our ferry there and back is the same as a visa cost and it's much easier. The downside is that we only get 72 hours in the country but that's better than not seeing St. Petersburg.
... juice and coffee and desserts for under 10 Euro. It was just what we needed and it included the requisite meatballs!
We spent the afternoon getting the lay of the land and finding the bus and train station. After Nagu, we'll need to get to Helsinki so we did some research. And we asked about the buses to Nagu, an island just southwest where we'll spend a few days biking and hiking.
From 5-8, the hotel turned on the ...
... dinner, we went to a little Italian restaurant near the river that had amazing food and excellent wine. We made friends with a local couple at the next table and spent most of dinner chatting with them about things to see and do in the area, our lives, and anything and everything. The degree of friendliness of the Finns cannot be overstated. They have a reputation for being quite reserved, but if you ask people for help anywhere else in the world they might smile and point you on ...
... of them, on the southern side (on Hirvensalo) seemed to be entirely in the wrong place, with no sun on them, ever, due to the direction they were facing and the ever-present fir trees.
Our end-point was the small guest harbour as close as possible to the centre of Turku, on the north bank of the river Aura. Unusually, rather than the Swedish system, here they have deployed the feared Danish Box, ie two poles you have to fit between and have to estimate their ...