Holiday Inn Turku
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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 …
... as bowls of jello are very unlikely to complain.
The tradition is to sit naked while pouring ladels of water over the heated rocks. I'm sure you're all familiar with a sauna but there is somewhat of a ritual to a traditional one: sit, ladle, sweat, cool off in the other room, repeat a couple times, pour cold water on you, repeat, sit in a cold tub, repeat again until you
hallucinate. He said it's 25 ...
... 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 the European Capital of Culture with Tallinn. The bits that we saw, along the river, were charming and we certainly liked what we saw – there was a lovely easy-going feel to the place but you do need money, it is not cheap hereabouts.
On our walk, one of the first sights we saw was a communal sauna, constructed over the river. Apparently there are 5 of these saunas dotted about, all very different and constructed for the ...