|waterside home in Sweden|
|a boat, out for a peaceful sail, as we approached Turku.|
We arrived in Turku, hot, tired and a little grumpy (at least I was, which means mom was too because she had to deal with a grumpy travel mate). Around 9pm, we took a short walk in the area around our hotel and realized that there was no place to get food without waiting, so we got a little sandwich for dinner at the hotel and put our grumpy selves to bed.
|Saturday market, with our hotel, the Hamburger-Bohrs|
in the background.
|Lace maker at Luostarinmaki|
|Alvar Aalto's Sanatorium.|
We made a great stop on the highway at a place called Design Hill, which was a veritable outlet of all of the best Finnish design. We enjoyed a rather classy lunch of paninis, and dipped into our wallets to buy some Aarika jewelry.
|Rya Rug couch, at Hvittrask|
|a wonderful selection|
of Marimekko mailers,
at the post office in Espoo.
|The Gallen-Kallela museum.|
One more stop before the hotel - in search of the store where mom got her Rya Rug pattern 35 (or so) years ago. Her pattern has now faded so she needs a new copy, but unfortunately, the store was closed for a week's vacation that coincided with our visit. What bad luck!
Anyway, we had arrived in Helsinki, for the final leg of our trip.
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