Scandic Hotel Plaza Turku
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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... has been living in Helsinki for years. Our night ferry to St. Petersburg, Russia leaves Saturday night and we're excited about that too. We have a 72 hour visa free excursion there. The visa process in Russia is painful and expensive. The cost of our ferry there and back is the same as a visa cost and it's much easier. The downside is that we only get 72 hours in the country but that's better than not seeing St. Petersburg.
... the time periods.
(Side note: We'd been seeing everything with the word "linna" in it in street names all over Finland. Turns out, Linna means "castle" in Finnish. Which would make sense. And Linnea, it also explains why I keep thinking everything is named after you.)
After the castle tour, I met Catherine and Alex back in Market Square, and we jumped on the local bus back to our inn. ...
... so we stopped for a small bite before calling Pekka to come get us.
We were leaving for Stockholm that evening and Anneli had dinner waiting for us when we got home. After we ate (delicious beef tenderloin and what we would call mini hash browns, almost like potato oles), Colin and I packed our bags and started to say our goodbyes to the Uskali's. They had been amazing hosts and went above and beyond anything we ever expected. We truly hope we can return the ...
... hopping and sightseeing. The first stop was Luostarinmaki Handicrafts Museum. This is actually a small section of the city that escaped the devastating carnage of a fire in 1827. It was the lower-class part of town, composed of wooden houses and small workshops. Although only a small fraction of the buildings were open for exploring, it was enough to get a feel for what life must have been like for the craftsmen and their families that lived here once upon a ...
... some Finnish lollies that were like salty liquorice.
I thought I was doing quite well but 4 hours into the trip we hit some rough water and I started to get sea sick. We went up onto the deck but it was so cold and windy! We found a seat next to a window in the cafeteria which was much better.
We made it off the ferry and to our campsite pretty easily. And were relieved to get to bed. It had been a very long day!