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Inside the Cathedral were royal tombs. I don't know enough about Finland history as to who they were. Possibly Swedish Kings as I don't think Finland had a monarchy of its own
... of Thai massage parlors near the train station. Just sayin'.
All in all, Turku was just what we needed to relax, walk around casually, and catch up on some sleep and blogging. We're really looking forward to our several day stay in the Finnish archipelago about an hour from Turku. The Finns, like the Swedish, have thousands of Islands in the Baltic sea. The high season just ended and we might have the islands to ourselves to bike and hike.
... spent a lot of time in Turku when he was an exchange student, so he had to show me his old stomping grounds (which mainly included places where he used to imbibe). One of the pubs that he regularly frequented was in a mall, so as we were walking through we stopped in Merimekko. The Finnish brand has a strong American presence thanks to their partnership with Crate & Barrel, but we stopped in anyway. Before you knew it, we were walking out with the bright, floral pillow ...
... ever known. 21 May 2014: The ship arrived in Turku around 7 a.m. this morning. Due to the snoring monk, I can't say I slept very well. That's okay...I still enjoyed sharing a cabin with him. We disembarked and started walking towards our accommodations. It was early and the streets were quiet and empty. A couple of hours later, we found Bridgettine Convent, where we would call home for the next two nights. We were greeted at the door by a friendly nun and she allowed us ...
... entry, if I don't get into the routine of writing daily. My blogging instincts are dormant, long gone are my active blogger days... (Thanks to the brain-free zone of Facebook plus the creativity & hours needed for photography.)
Well, we'll just have to see what happens, won't we? In any case I will be in the Mediterranean for the very first time in my life and ...