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Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali August 2nd 2011

Day 13, Tuesday 2nd August, 2011 Helsinki to Naantali After a few days of ‘doing nothing’ (swimming, sleeping, sauna and food), Yesterday we made our way back to “the big smoke” Helsinki, leaving behind the summer cottage and the green world. On the way we stopped to see my youngest aunt and her children, my cousins, who are the youngest of the cousinly brood, around the age of my own children. It was great to meet yet more cousins, (they’re everywhere!!) lovely young people. This morning I caught a train to Turku, a major city along the south east coast, and my birthplace. The countryside was lush and showing the signs of the ending of summer with ripe-looking wheat fields and harvested hay rolled into white plastic “tractor eggs” deposited randomly in the fields. The farms ... read more
Moomin troll characters created by  finnish Author Tove Jansson
Sunset over Aland Islands, 11pm
fields seen from a train window

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali September 5th 2010

Paluu 14.8. Palasimme Merilokilta Sardiniasta 13.8. ja seuraavana päivänä menimme Narskulle. Ajeltiin Aurajokea silkasta ilosta että vene oli kunnossa ja me olimme vesillä taas. Se vihlaisi, että nyt kun veneessä ei asu enää, sinne lähtö on aina iso juttu. Oli se hienoa tänä kesänäkin saada monta viikkoa olla veneessä joka aamu jo valmiiksi, sai sitten miettiä että lähdetäänkö ja minne. Naantali maanantaisin 16.8. ja 23.8. Ehdittiin nähdä viikossa miten Naantali menee kiinni syksyllä. Ekana maanantaina oli ihmisiä ja toimintaa. Söimme terassilla ja katselimme. Seuraavana, kun tulimme Justuksen kanssa, oli suurin osa ravintoloista jo sulkenut ovensa tältä kesää. Rantakadut oli lähes autioita. Onneksi meidän vakioterassimme oli vielä auki. Mutta sekin sulki ovensa vielä syödessämme ja olimme siellä viimeiset. No, kylkiluita saimme vieläkin ... read more
Veneilyn parhaita hetkiä
Naantalissa, kun vielä on kesä
Henkka Naantalissa

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali June 25th 2010

10.6.2010 Naantali Pappa oli kylässä ja pitihän se viedä veneilemään, mikäs kuva sille olis jäänyt jos onnettoman alun aikaan Raision rannassa hengailu olis ollut sen kesän Venekokemus. Sää oli mukavan aurinkoinen, kun työpäivän päätteeksi ajettiin rantaan. Muitakin veneilijöitä oli liikkeellä, ja se teki matkasta Naantaliin ajoittain melkoista toisten aaltojen läpi pomppimista. Naantalissa oli väkeä terassit ja rantakadut täynnä. Tunnelma kuin ulkomaille olis lähtenyt. Aurinkolaseja ja jäätelöitä joka puolella. Kotimatkalla vastaan tuli Siljan laiva, joka oli juuri lähtenyt satamasta. Onhan niitä nähty ennenkin, mutta on se aina jotenkin hupaisaa ohittaa läheltä iso alus. 20.6.2010 Rymättylä Tuli sunnuntaiaamu, viikonloppuna joka tuntui suorastaan lomalta. Oltiin ehditty jo käydä hotellilomalla Tampereella, kieppua Särkänni... read more
Rymättylän kirkko
Vakiparkkipaikka
Kapteeni ohjaa alusta kohti Naantalia

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali May 29th 2008

Today all the second graders met at school at 9.00 am and carpooled over to one of the beaches on Merimasku island! I went with Aikka, Maiju, Jori Anssi, and Henkka, and we got a little lost getting there, but it fabulous! We were on the dock the entire day eating snacks and hanging out! some kids even went swimming! i got a sunburn! :( first...and hopefully last of this summer! It was great being with everyone together one last time though!... read more
Maiju and Aikka!
Loota!
who even knows.

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali May 28th 2008

At 4.30 today Joonas and I walked down to the harbor and met up with at least 30 of my rotary men boarding two big yachts! We got on the smaller blue one with Jappa driving, and boated (or would you say sailed..even if we didnt have a sail?) out to Omena Saari (literally "apple island"), for my rotary meeting! We had makkara (sausage) and all the rotary guys drank a lot of beer, and we went to sauna and Joonas and i played darts and explored the island and the beach! It was an absolutly perfect day and night, even on the boat trip home i couldnt stop watching the sunset! ... read more
view from our boat
Yachting over to the island!
the other boat!

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali May 26th 2008

After a LONG day of shopping for summer clothes in Turku with Doro (germany) I rode my bike town to lonasluoto where Joonas was in charge of teaching some sea scouts how to sail in those little one man boats! I was taught also and raced the little scouts around the bay!... read more
the boat i used...
Joonas and Max
Markus...

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali May 25th 2008

Today Joonas came over around 12 and we went picnic shopping together, then he went home to grab some supplies, and I ate a special fish lunch with the family. At 1 Joonas drove Anette and I to Turku where we met Markus at the Lily on the river where he works, and sailed out to Vepsä island for the day! ... read more
El capitan.
Anette and I
Markus, Anette and I

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali May 19th 2008

Today I went into school at 11 then at 11:30 met up with ten American 14-17 year old guys! Basketball players from New England! With two volenteer coaches, and Scott, the man in charge. I introduced myself then guided them to lunch. We all ate together until the other students started arriving, then they all split up and we put one at each table! They gave some presentations in a couple of our english classes, then we headed back to the trailer where they left their bags and the adults, and the guys came with me down to the harbor! We hung out there for a while buying some snacks at Merisali, and walking around Muumiworld, getting tans...or hoping to, and just chilling in the sun. Then everyone met back at kaivohuone at 4 so the ... read more
Presenting
more presenting
Chris, Cam, Eli, Andrew, and Ryan

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali April 20th 2008

Today I woke up early and made french toast for breakfast for everyone! here are some pics...of me..looking like a total disaster, cooking. in finland! :)... read more
sagging...
goodmorning!

Europe » Finland » Southwest Finland » Naantali April 10th 2008

Last weekend I changed host families! Now I live with the Fagerlund family! Tom, Hanna (yes, tom and hanna are my host parents names AGAIN!) Nea, my 14 year old sister, and Anette my 18 year old sister! Today we went to the Caribia spa in Turku to watch a Salibandi game! It was great, even though Naantali lost! :( a couple of my friends from school played on the team too!!!... read more
Salibandi!
the team!
huddle!




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