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Jyväskylä - Lake Päijänne, Finland - 2nd July 2011

By: Delenna

We took a 3h cruise on the Lake Päijänne on s/s Suomi with "everybody"  B) As everybody was a postcrosser it was logical that they wrote & signed some (200)  cards before enjoying the views. It was really hot so the little breeze was more than welcome. We saw some quite awesome summerhouses/saunas on the shore - or maybe we thought they were awesome because the owners could take a swim anytime on this hot weather...  ;)

When we got back my host looked for one more cache before we headed back home.

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* Posted Jul 3, 2011, 8:22 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Korkeasaari Zoo, Helsinki, Finland - 3rd July 2011

By: Delenna

Oh yes, we just got home from Jyväskylä and we're on the road again  :rolleyes: It's only the zoo in Helsinki we visited but still... I have been here before so we took photos only of the new thing: sand sculptures! There had been a competition "Art meets sand" few weeks back. It's an annual event and this year the theme was "acting like apes". The sculpture in the last photos won - a person from Mongolia made it.

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* Posted Jul 3, 2011, 8:28 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Baltic Sea, Finland-Estonia - 9th July 2011

By: Delenna

My host and a few of her friends went to Tallinn, Estonia for the weekend and I got to go too! We took this little red ferry to cross the Baltic Sea. It took us onlu 2 hours as it's only 85km away  B)

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Tallinn, Estonia - 10th July 2011

By: Delenna

I'm in Tallinn, Estonia! We were here to see the Medieval Days  B) They sold all sorts of "medieval" items at the market place and everyone was dressed in a medieval way. There was music/dance  performances too! The Tallinn old town is a perfect spot for such a festival.

Built up from the 13th to 16th centuries, when Tallinn – or Reval as it was known then – was a thriving member of the Hanseatic trade league, this enclosed neighbourhood of colourful, gabled houses, half-hidden courtyards and grandiose churches is, quite rightly, the city's biggest tourist draw. And the fact that it's all neatly packaged within a mostly-intact city wall and dotted with guard towers gives it an extra dose of fairytale charm. (webpage) That is so true! I felt like I needed a tiara or something!

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* Posted Jul 15, 2011, 8:28 am Last edited Jul 19, 2011, 11:28 am by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Lohja, Finland - 22nd July 2011

By: Delenna

Lohja is a small town about 1/2h drive west from Helsinki. It has 39 000 inhabitants and is wellknown for apples. So I guess it's "The Small Apple"  :D

We drove there to meed postcrossers and to look for some geocaches. I'm sure the Church of St. Lawrence isn't the only sight allthough we photographed it the most. We just didn't see much else while staring at either postcards or gps-device... But my host found her first nano-cache!  B)

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* Posted Jul 31, 2011, 7:48 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Sastamala, Finland - 28th July 2011

By: Delenna

The places we visit are getting smaller and smaller! This is the town of Vammala, now part of municipality called Sastamala. First we visited Mr Clutterbuck's House - in Finnish he's Herra Hakkarainen. Mr Clutterbuck is one of the famous characters in Mauri Kunnas' books. He's quite popular and very well known in Finland. My host says he rocks more than the Moomins  :stare:
The house was quite small but had fantastic displays and interactive plays (for example: you could dress up as Robin Hood or maiden in the castle room).

When we were finished we drove around for geocaches (starting to see a pattern here...?) and saw a few churches while at it. The first one is Church of Tyrvää (some indoor photos here) and the medieval one is Church of St. Olaf.

It's a rural area but thus lovely to drive in  B)

The last photo doesn't show me because my host was too speechless and overwhelmed by the cache. Yep, it's a geocache you're loooking at. The kid's (who is covered with butterflies for anonymity) in it. Still wonder why my host's brain didn't function normally  :p The cache was HUGE!

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* Posted Jul 31, 2011, 7:56 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Tampere, Finland - 29th July 2011

By: Delenna

Finally a bigger city! Tampere is my host's second (first) favorite city. And she takes this little photos of me there  :stare: Well, maybe she takes more in 2 weeks when she attends the geocaching Mega Event!

It's 2h drive north from Helsinki, has approx 213 000 inhabitants being the 3rd largest city in Finland (after Helsinki & Turku). The city website reveals this in a nutshell: Tampere is the third largest city in Finland and the largest inland centre in the Nordic countries.

Currently there are over 213,000 inhabitants in Tampere, and close to half a million inhabitants in Tampere Region, which comprises Tampere and its neighbouring municipalities.

Tampere is one of the three most rapidly developing regions in Finland. It is a centre of leading-edge technology, research, education, culture, sports and business.

In 2010, the City of Tampere came first in an image survey comparing the largest cities in Finland. It was also the most attractive city among Finns who plan on moving.
 

Yep, my host could imagine moving only to Tampere if she had to choose another city. Maybe it's partially because she has nice reletives there... Or maybe it's bacause she thinks the adventure park Särkänniemi is the coolest in this country (they usually go there every summer but this time it was Mr Clutterbuck's turn).

There's a Moomin museum in Tampere, under the main library. The Moomin statue is in front of it.

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* Posted Jul 31, 2011, 8:02 pm [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Suomenlinna Seafortress, Helsinki, Finland - 4th August 2011

By: Delenna

SUOMENLINNA

I got the opportunity to visit Suomenlinna Sea Fortress! Suomenlinna is an interesting place; it has loads of history but it's also a district of Helsinki - regular people (about 800 of them) live there all year round!  :o Oh, and there's also an open prison  :stare:

Here's what the website has to say about Suomenlinna today:
Suomenlinna is the property of the Finnish government and is managed by the Governing Body of Suomenlinna, an agency subordinate to the Ministry of Education and Culture. The fortress was handed over to civilian administration by the military in 1973 with the exception of Pikku Mustasaari island, where the Naval Academy is still located. The Finnish customs authorities have an office on the islands, and Suomenlinna also houses the Helsinki open prison. A substantial part of the repairs to the walls, ramparts and buildings are carried out by convicts.

The old buildings are still in everyday use as housing, working space, maintenance facilities and visitor service facilities. There is a continuous building repair programme going on. The restoration of fortifications and old buildings requires considerable expertise. The 18th-century dry dock on Susisaari island is still used as a winter storage and repair facility for old wooden sailboats. There are dozens of historical underwater sites around the fortress.

The natural environment on Suomenlinna is a mixture of indigenous Finnish archipelago ecosystems and centuries of horticulture. Many migratory birds stop on Suomenlinna, and several species of birds such as barnacle geese and swans nest on the islands.


The views are great at Suomenlinna B) Parts of it looks like the Shire in the Lord of The Rings (by JRR Tolkien)! The big cruise ships
sail thru a very narrow space next to Suomenlinna on their way to Stockholm and Tallinn. The only way to get to Suomenlinna is by ferry (or your own boat if you live there).

Here's some info I found about the history on their website:
Suomenlinna has played a key role in many turning points in Finland’s history. It has been the property of three sovereign states. The majority of its buildings date from the late 18th century, the end of the Swedish era. From the early 19th century to the early 20th century, Suomenlinna – then known as Viapori – was part of Russia along with the rest of Finland. Russian-era Viapori was a lively garrison town. After Finland gained her independence, Suomenlinna became home to a coastal artillery regiment, a submarine base and the Valmet shipyard, where ships were built after the Second World War for Finland’s war reparations.

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Mega Finland 2011, Tampere, Finland - 14th August 2011

By: Delenna

My host attended the Mega Finland 2011 -geocaching event in Tampere 11.-14. August. I was there too! Lots of caches all around, competitions, friends, new pals, searching, finding, being froggy, confusing mugglers... It was awesome! My host took only a few photos of us toyvoyagers - she was quite active with everything else :D

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Mäntsälä, Finland - 22nd August 2011

By: Delenna

It's my hosts birthday (she turns 25, again) and we spend the day geocaching. My host and her friend drove to Mäntsälä, a really small place with a few caches neither of them had yet found. I got to see some sights while at it. It was quite rainy for a birthday...

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Hämeenlinna, Finland - 10th September 2011

By: Delenna

My host and her middle kid attended The postcard event in Hämeenlinna. It's an annual event where postcard artists and distributors and collectors come to sell their cards. There are also postcard and stamp displays, competitions and some arts&crafts booths. They are in two levels but we managed to take photos only on the lower level (the upper one was packed!). The were also Postcrossing table and my host was one of the people telling about this hobby. later she even got to brief Keanne van der Kreeke about Postcrossing!

There I could've completed a mission: take a photo with someone famous. Like Inge Löök or Keanne v. d. Kreeke or Omppu Omenamäki or other Finnish artists... My host just didn't remember it  :(

We also attended the postcrossing meetup there and signed quite a few cards... I can't yet tell how many as there will probably be a competition about it  ;)  :(

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* Posted Sep 11, 2011, 11:21 am Last edited Sep 11, 2011, 11:35 am by Delenna [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Porvoo, Finland - 11th September 2011

By: Delenna

I'm packing... I'm going back home tomorrow. It'll be fun to see family again and tell them more about my journey!

* Posted Sep 11, 2011, 11:33 am [Quote] [View just this post] Go to the top of the page


Home Sweet Home, Wales - 16th September 2011

By: miapearl

Hello Mummy, so good to see you again. I loved Finland but I missed you.

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Home, Wales - 3rd October 2011

By: miapearl

Hello!
To celebrate Clyde's arrival and also to wish some of us who are travelling to pastures new
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we shared a doughnut!
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Home, Wales - 24th October 2011

By: miapearl

Today, we welcomed a new visitor Tiger Lilly
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Clyde was shy so we had another photo taken.
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