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 …
... an hour but gave us enough wood for 2. I never thought we'd last that long but we did. Deanne liked looking at the steam come off my body when in the cooling room. I haven't been this hot since I was in a Turkish Hamam and I paid a guy to beat me up (i.e. give me a traditional massage.) I felt like a stuck pig after that one, but I liked it.
It's not that the temperature outside is cold yet. We actually sunned on ...
... 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 ...
... You buy a ticket to enter, they are mixed sex so you are supposed to preserve your modesty with a bathing costume . One featured in the photo is called the Hot Cube and another one was built entirely of glass, so perhaps appealing to the extroverts in Finnish society!
Further up the river, we saw some giant ducks and as we approached, we saw that two of them had in-line skaters as passengers - ? Still, they were fun.
Then it ...