Tag Archives: Finland

UNESCO in Finland: Verla Groundwood and Board Mill

After visiting the Old Church at Petäjävesi in central Finland, I head south-east towards the Kymi River Valley. It’s about a 2.5-hour drive. More of the long, lonely stretches of road I always seem to experience in Finland. I have to resist the temptation to drive on the wrong side of the road and instead […]

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UNESCO in Finland: The old church at Petäjävesi

Finland has seven sites on the World Heritage list. I’ve popped across the border for a couple of days to have a look at two of them: Petäjävesi Old Church and Verla Groundwood and Board Mill. Public transport in Finland is good, but unless you have plenty of time – which I don’t – driving […]

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UNESCO in Finland: Old Rauma and Sammallahdenmäki

As I write this, I’m sat in my favourite cafe in Rauma, for the third time in two days. I’m in Finland to have a look at some of the country’s world heritage sites. As you know, I’m on a quest to see many of them, perhaps even all, and I’m really enjoying this self-imposed […]

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Exploring Suomenlinna

At the entrance to Helsinki’s harbour lies a group of islands that is home to Suomenlinna Maritime Fortress, a popular day out in the Finnish capital. And what is the meaning behind this intriguing name, you ask? Well, Suomenlinna means Finnish Castle. You’ll also see the name Sveaborg – meaning Swedish Castle. Suomenlinna was constructed […]

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Helsinki by Instagram

Helsinki dear, Last time we met, it was February and the freezing rain was practically horizontal. Brr… Today, things are looking better. Summer seems to be over, it’s a chill in the air – and windy. But the sun has poked through the clouds more than once. That’s not bad for September. Not bad at […]

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Travels of 2010

Looking back on the travelling year 2010, I see I didn’t stick with my plans. Nothing new there. Instead, I went with the flow – and cheap flights. So here it is – fave travels of 2010 In January, I was in Geneva. It was mostly business, visiting ILO. But I always enjoy visiting Switzerland. […]

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