Omena Hotel Turku
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... all are different shades of green.
At one point we saw a strange landscape that looked like we were in an airplane looking down about 10,000 feet. It may not translate on a photo, but I'll try to include it below.
We've been renting bikes for 3 days now. They're heavier and clunkier than we're used to and only have 7 gears but they're fine. There are more hills here than we thought but it's been great ...
... 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.
Saturday was another day of sleeping in and breakfast made by Anneli. Colin and I hadn't had a chance to see Turku yet so after we got ready, Pekka drove us into the city so we could spend some time exploring. He first took us to the Ittala store so I could buy a Finnish designed (although made in Thailand) serving bowl as a momento of our trip. Then Pekka headed off and Colin and I stopped into the Turku Cathedral and walked through some of Turku on our way to the castle.
... the afternoon downpour, at least Julie did, I got wet on my way back from the supermarket armed with frozen pizzas – don’t mock, they make a nice change to our normal fare , perhaps its the ‘e’ numbers....
Then it was skype phone call and blog updating time. Tomorrow we head back out into the archipelago, and will spend a few more days in the ‘wilderness’ before we drop down into Sweden, but more of that ...
... KM to the nearest town or 100 to Turku. To make it worse, when he dropped us off we forgot our TURKU sign in his car! We were pretty beat up and disheartened at this point.
Neither of us wanted to chance walking on the side of a major highway where the speed limit was 120 KM/H, so we walked to the nearest bus stop to see if that bus from the previous stop was going to stop there. Of course, we can't read Finish language so we had to guess what time it was going ...