Hanko and Rauma, Finland
23.06.2016 - 23.06.2016 21 °C
We woke to a bright sunny morning. After breakfast we drove to Hanko on the southwest shore of Finland.
Hanko is known for being a summer resort along the Baltic Sea for the wealthy Finns and Russians in the late 19th and early 20th century. They built lovely summer homes which are called villas. These villas were given women's names so today they are called the "Old Ladies". This resort town is getting ready for the "Midsummer" festivities which begin tomorrow.
One of the celebrations revolves around "maypoles". We found one ready for tomorrow on Hanko's beach.
This beach building must have been one of the grand villas. It is very lovely.
We found an "old lady" that has been turned into a summer guesthouse.
It had lovely yard art.
A bit further down the road we found a beach complete with little "beach houses" or change buildings.
As we walked back to the car we found a bee busy in a wild rose flower.
We also noticed these rabbit rocks.
We then drove to a town named Halikko and found a store called Prisma which is like a Walmart. We picked up some groceries for the next few days as stores will be closed Friday to Sunday to celebrate Midsummer. While we were in the store it started to rain and it was coming down in sheets by the time we got to the car. We ate our lunch in the car and drove on to Rauma.
Here we are at Rauma on the Gulf of Bothnia. We have a nice hotel here. Rauma is known for its lace making tradition and has UNESCO Heritage designation for its "Old Town" with 600 wooden structures. We will explore the town tomorrow.
We can see these things out our hotel window. There is a canal with fountains and a park.
There is also a painted bronze sculpture called "Rauma Girl" which was installed in 2014. She even has a sculpted purse next to her on the bench.
We will be here at Rauma until Saturday when we will return to Helsinki.