An unexpectedly nice day

Trip Start Apr 29, 2011
Trip End Sep 03, 2011

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Flag of Finland  , Southern Finland,
Sunday, July 24, 2011

Despite our fears, arising from the fact that the whole quayside appears to be a collecting area for camper vans and vans in general, all inhabited by a variety of 'youff' who revel in playing VERY loud music and getting very drunk, we slept like logs, in fact nigh on 12 hours! Moreover, the showers were fine and the toilets clean so our position with regard to Hanko as a stop-over point has been modified, to the better, albeit still pricey.

Yesterday, I failed to update the blog but as the wind was blowing strongly from the west at F6 or more, we decided to stay another day and that gave me the opportunity to update the blog from the inside of the cafe, where the wifi signal was stronger. By this time it was pretty close to lunch time, and I must confess to being peckish even though breakfast was only 3 hours ago.

Lunch done, we decided that we needed some exercise. The town boasts 30km of beaches and the town map showed what we thought was a circular walk, taking in most of these, but the Tourist Information office advised us that in fact it was a 19km circular bicycle route so we altered our plans somewhat and did a modified circular walk, ultimately of 2.75 hours or 12km or so. Quite enough for my poor toe, which I recall I mentioned stubbing on 5th July and with a suspected fracture or severe strain.

I think one of the biggest joys of doing what we do is that every day is different and one never knows what to expect and one is frequently pleasantly surprised. Well today was another one of those. Bearing in mind that we started the day being a little put out that the wind, from being so nice over the past few days, had become uncooperative and was blowing strongly the wrong way and to end up having a lovely lazy morning followed by a walk in warm sunshine filled with interesting sights, it was working out really well. We were also planning on a meal of moussaka with a bottle of one of our favourite and very evocative wines, retsina,  so the day should round off nicely.

Why was the walk special? Well initially, it was the lovely wooded suburbia, with nice comfortable but not too ostentatious houses occupying modest plots in and amongst the trees. Occasionally, one could see the blue of the Baltic glistening just past the houses and there were frequent little paths onto the bays and rocky headlands. Then it was the quiet, the peacefulness of it all and the sense of comfortable wellbeing, it looked like a really nice place to live in and to raise families. Indeed, a rare sight in Britain nowadays, we were passed by groups of young children out on their bikes, having fun and away from the supervision of adults – just the way it ought to be, in my opinion. Finally, it was the sense of space, perhaps because the emptiness of the Baltic was on one side but more because there simply is more space in this part of the world.

Anyway, we enjoyed ourselves and got back to the boat around  5, when after 2 refreshing cups of tea, I sat down to type this. I will post it tonight, as the moussaka is cooking, when Julie and I will have a beer in the cafe. Tomorrow, wind willing, we head out to the archipelago and there will be little chance of internet access until we get to Turku, our next town, on Thursday, CW and weather permitting.
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