Old Rauma - Happy Midsummer - Hyvaa Juhannusta
24.06.2016 - 24.06.2016 22 °C
Today is Midsummer Eve. There were some businesses open in the morning but few by the evening, as this is the time of celebration. Traditionally, you would spend the weekend with your family, preferably at a lake or cottage or camping. You would have a bonfire and serve hot dogs, potatoes with dill, and corn on the cob. Our niece says she has introduced marshmallows to her family.
The city of Rauma is having a Music Festival and the staff at our hotel have warned us many times that when their other guests return "in the morning" it will be very loud. We survived Bergenfest, we think we will survive this.
We went out this morning to the harbour area but the security people already had a lot of it barricaded off. We did get down one street that had beautiful homes with views of the Gulf of Bothnia and a marina.
We then returned to our hotel and walked to "Old Rauma" which has about 600 old wooden buildings and narrow cobblestone streets. There was a market going on this morning and Old Town was pretty busy.
This afternoon we went in search of the ruins of the Holy Trinity Church. The sign said it had been built about 1300 and was destroyed about 1640. The stone walls appeared to be 6 feet thick.
After dinner at one of the few restaurants open, we walked along the canal across the street. We found some geese which Wikipedia tells us are Barnacle Geese.
The evening has been quiet so far. There are people out walking and cycling around and enjoying a calm and warm evening.