Scandic Hotel Plaza Turku
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- Continental Breakfast
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Business Services
- Fitness/Health center
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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 ...
... 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. ...
Colin and I were booked on the Viking Grace that evening, a ~12 hour cruise that sails through the Archipelago out of Finland and to Stockholm. Pekka and Anneli drove us to the dock in Turku and we said our goodbyes (which included multiple hugs and pictures). We finally boarded the ship and found our cabin (surprisingly large) and then headed straight to the champagne lounge. Neither of us were hungry after Anneli's dinner, so we enjoyed a few drinks while ...
... I met up with Nick and we made our way to the Aboa Vetus (Old Turku) Museum. This facility is below street-level and showcases the city's medieval streets. Ongoing excavations have unearthed thousands of interesting artefacts and some of the old undergound streets are preserved intact. It was time for lunch so we picked a random underground cafe. Our arbitrary selection proved successful as the buffet of pork medallions, chicken, potatoes, and grilled vegetables was ...
... things that I did really want to be open, this was not one of them. Even though we had only been in Europe for a very short period of time, I was already having “not another f**king church again” syndrome. I think anyone that has been to any country in Europe has had one or many of these moments and they are not just church exclusive, you can have these moments in art galleries, museums and even little dainty cupcake stores.
The church was impressive, ...