Our younger son’s birthday and a day out in Turku located on the south west coast of Finland was the plan, it’s Finland’s oldest city and former capital. We booked seats on a Pendolino service departing around 9.00 am. The train was very clean and comfortable for our two hour journey and arrived on time. It was somewhat cloudy but still warm enough to not need a coat.
After enjoying a walk around the castle grounds we retraced our steps, wandering past some historic ships before taking a ride on the small passenger ferry which constantly plies across the river at a part where there is a distance between bridges. Enjoying our few minutes of fun, we took in the views from the opposite bank whilst walking back towards the town centre where we found even more continental market stalls.
Moving on, we took a stroll around the city centre and looked in the delightful old market hall. In typical Finnish style, the market hall features small stalls in ornate dark wood kiosks with each vendor’s name above. Customers can buy fresh produce and enjoy refreshments in one of the quaint, small cafes. One cafe is even in the style of a railway carriage and looks very cosy and inviting.
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