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 …
... near our centuries old farmhouse this afternoon. We're staying at a B&B on the island of Nagu and nobody else is here. There are about 6 rooms and this house would hold 15 people or more. But school started August 10, there aren't many foreign tourists, and the locals are done for the season. That's why shoulder season travel is so great: easy to get a room and prices are right. And it's nice and quiet.
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... 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.
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... 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 ...
... to get serious as we entered the cathedral, consecrated in 1300. After St Petersburg’s delights, it was quite modest but to be fair, had we not been to St Petresburg, we would have been even more impressed with what we saw. It was lovely. Inside, there were some preparations involving lots of stage lighting and one of the side chapels had been used to store some of the equipment. At the back of the chapel was a sculpture, a likeness for the ...