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Day 89

Our last day in Finland

sunny 24 °C

Yesterday was our last day in Finland. Today we are getting organized and leaving our apartment before noon to return our car to the rental agency and to board our first flight of three that will get us back to home.

In the morning we drove to the Marimekko factory store. Marimekko is known world-wide for its beautiful designs. They sell fabric, bed and table linens, clothing and purses and bags. They also have a line of paper napkins (serviettes). While we were very impressed with their fabrics, colour and designs, there was nothing that jumped out and said "buy me, buy me" so we left the shop empty-handed.

We drove back to our apartment and had lunch. After lunch we were reading the Lonely Planet book Finland which our niece had lent us. We discovered that there is a medieval city 30 kilometres from Helsinki named Porvoo.

We drove out to Porvoo. It was a warm and sunny day. We had a very pleasant afternoon wandering through the ancient streets and looking at the market stalls and popping in and out of the shops.

Porvoo 1346 to 2016

Porvoo 1346 to 2016

One of the stories about Porvoo in the Lonely Planet book states that the King of Sweden was passing by Porvoo and the local citizens wanted to impress him so they painted the riverside buildings with ochre.

Finland has been ruled by Sweden and Russia at various times.

Riverside buildings originally painted with ochre to impress the King of Sweden

Riverside buildings originally painted with ochre to impress the King of Sweden

The city is also known for its cathedral. Porvoo is the seat of the diocese of Borga of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland. This church was built in the 15th century. Our niece said that she toured this cathedral as part of her architecture training when she was a student here. The roof is known for its unique structure.

Front of cathedral

Front of cathedral

These are some of the sights we saw in Porvoo.

Street scene of wooden buildings

Street scene of wooden buildings

More upscale homes in Porvoo

More upscale homes in Porvoo


Bar and grill boat

Bar and grill boat


Boat shaped planter

Boat shaped planter

We stopped for an ice cream treat and then walked back to our car. We took this picture of the river on the opposite side of the bridge from Porvoo.

View of the river on the other side of the bridge from Porvoo

View of the river on the other side of the bridge from Porvoo

When we got back to Espoo and our apartment we got ready to have supper/dinner with our niece and nephew. We spotted this art work near our parking lot as we waited for our nephew to pick us up. How could we have missed this when we were in and out of the parking lot for four days?

Art work by our parking lot

Art work by our parking lot

We went to a popular restaurant in downtown Helsinki that is famous for its traditional Finnish menu. We had a tasty supper and great company. After supper/dinner we drove to our niece and nephew's apartment to meet their cats and enjoy a lemon-flavoured dessert. We had a tour of their apartment building. The basement of the building has bomb shelters in it which is used today as storage. The storage structures must be so constructed as to be removed within twenty-four hours of any declaration of war. Our niece says she finds it odd to have to design buildings with bomb shelters even today as it is part of Finland's building code.

All too soon it was 10:30 PM, it was still light outside and time just slipped away. We got a ride back to our apartment and said our goodbyes. We had a great time in Finland.

Posted by A-RPoulton 00:47 Archived in Finland

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