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... 1500's. Throughout its history, the castle has functioned as a defensive fortress, luxurious residential palace, admin centre, prison and garrison. A film soon to be released, The Girl King, had many scenes filmed in the castle because it outlines the life of Queen Kristina who resided there. After the castle, we went to the maritime museum close by. It was interesting, but there were limited ...
... 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.
... 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 ...
... first met. His English was limited, mostly consisting of grunts and "Good" or "Bad", which he used to answer most of our questions. Although there was really no true line of communication between us, I liked our Tibetan monk friend. He offered me some dried goji berries while grunting and muttering, "Good". Full steam ahead, we cruised through the archipelago out of Stockholm towards Turku, Finland. The views from the deck of our ship were amazing as we navigated ...
The alarm went off at quarter to four. We rolled out of our tent, folded it up, got dressed and were on the road in 15 minutes. We'd packed everything in the car the night before as we knew we had an early start to get the ferry to Finland.
After about an hour we were almost at the ferry port when we realized that we were at the wrong one! We needed to be in Stockholm not at the ferry terminal north of the city! Luckily we had ...