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 …
Colin and I were booked on the Viking Grace that evening, a ~12 hour cruise that sails through the Archipelago out of Finland and to Stockholm. Pekka and Anneli drove us to the dock in Turku and we said our goodbyes (which included multiple hugs and pictures). We finally boarded the ship and found our cabin (surprisingly large) and then headed straight to the champagne lounge. Neither of us were hungry after Anneli's dinner, so we enjoyed a few drinks while ...
... at the scenery. It reminded me a lot of Vermont...lush green trees, rolling hills and some cows dotting the landscape. Their cottage is on an island that was only accessible by ferry until the bridge was built 20 years ago. The view going over said bridge is breathtaking. We got to the cottage just as Pekka's son Miko and his family were leaving, so we briefly said hi. Then Pekka and Anneli showed us around.
We stayed in the original cottage; ...
Ok. Four more days and I'll be heading out the front door and to the airport. Woohoo!
And look what we've got planned for us:
Day 1: Introduction to Villa Lante and Institutum Romanum Finlandiae (our host for the course) plus an evening reception
Day 2-4: Ancient and medieval Rome (Forum Romanum, Palatium, Capitolium, Pantheon, Aventinus, Trastevere etc.)
Day 5: Early Christian Rome and medieval Rome (walk around the city)
Day 6-7: ...
... to Turku and spent a couple of days with our relatives Bodil and Reija. Bodil lives in Pargas with a summer home about 20 minutes past Pargas which is where we stayed.Spent two days touring around the area and then back to Turku for a night before catching the ferry to Stockholm. Diane and I managed to leave a few Euro's in downtown Turku. We are staying at a hotel that is very close to a square which was very active with vendors selling ...