Turku & Aland Islands, Finland

Hey Beautiful people,

Let me whisk you to a vintage castle. Turku, A 13th-century city which used be Finnish Capital & has an old world charm hidden from the world.

If I could describe cuppa noddles and movie nights as a place, a place as laid back as the feeling of spending Sundays in bed or diving into an old book ona a winter night. That place for me is Turku.

We are glad we stumbled upon Turku while booking a cruise on our Swedish summer dream. It was such a magical day with the sun shining bright, people running a marathon, the crowd cheering for runners, families a having picnic on their yachts in their brown river Aura.

I never heard of this place before I visited it even after been to Finland twice before. Chances are you also might not hear of the same, its world’s best-kept secret for me.

You can reach Turku via Car, bus or train from Helsinki and from neighboring countries like Sweden, Estonia or Latvia, you can catch a cruise. It can easily be your weekend getaway if staying in any of the locations. Its not very costly and has ample farmer markets for you to relish coffee & Bagels.

Along with Turku, we also visited the Aland Islands, an Archipelago in the Bay of Finland.

We enjoyed our day soaking in Finnish architectural history, Gothic architecture, Lush green & Romantic exteriors and lots of Sun.

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Turku Cathedral
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Old Great Square
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Banks of River Aura
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Soaking the Sun..Stylishly
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Quiet an entrance to Cathedral
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Divine
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Wind chimes installed inside the Cathedral
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The Last Supper
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Every detail in these paintings is to die for.
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Mediveal times
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Hope & Faith
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Windows
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Hanging Ships I wonder who have hang it there and what could be the objective
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Ceilings, Did your jaws just dropped?
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Hail the Lord

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Another stop is, Turku Castle. A Medieval time cobbled stone largest surviving buidling in Finland.

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River Aura
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Casual
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Aland Islands

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Sailing the calm water
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Turku.. Until next time

Hope you enjoyed this new city through my words. Do share if you have been the city.

XoXo

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Souvenirs from Stockholm, Sweden

Hej to All,

“When I used to read fairy tales, I fancied that kind of thing never happened, and now here I am in the middle of one!โ€ – Lewis Caroll.

I was not only thinking about this phrase but also living it while in Stockholm. Well, Sweden may not be a fairytale land but it certainly has the potential of being a backdrop to hold one.

If I can learn anything from the capital of Scandinavia, it would be to embrace your past while stepping into the future. They have an army of multinational giant companies founded in their homeland which brings modernization to them but at the same time, they are also holding tight to their heritage and culture as a precious gem. Be it cobblestoned streets of old town, the legacy of bridges, vintage homes or even their age-old community building traditions like FIKA.

The Medival Architecture from the middle age can be seen in the entire capital. Absolute drool worthy Churches depicting the Romanesque monasteries. Bright & Colourful houses with clear blue skies & stark blue water to instantly pick you up.

Enjoy Stockholm from my lens hope you enjoy them as much as I loved capturing them.

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First Look of Riddarholmen

Riddarholmen is an Island in Stockholm which has the oldest town called as Gamla stan. It is said to be established in 12th Century.

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The Kungsholmen Island on the banks of Lake Malaren.
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Colour clad Streets of Kungsholmen
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The City Hall at Lake Malaren
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What Summer looks like Stockholm
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Cafes in the cobblestoned streets are a common Sight
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Cafes and Outside sittings in the narrow alleys just like Harry Potter Movie Scene.
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How cool is that Human Chess on the street?
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Gamla Stan right behind that church.. but first catch a ferry

Gamla Stan is said to be one of the Oldest Town in Europe, where Stockholm was founded in 1252. A walk in Gamla Stan will be like Time Machine which will take you to Medieval times.

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Strotorget is the Old Square in the middle of Gamla Stan.
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Stockholm Cathedral
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Swedenโ€™s national cathedralStockholm Cathedral built in the 12th Century.
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Riddarholmen Church was built in the 13th Century and is being used for royal burials.

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Saint Jacobs Church

 

 

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St. Jacobs was started building in 1588 and inagurated in 1643. Its as Magnificient from inside as from outside.

 

 

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A Usual Summer Morning

 

 

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Personal Rides only

 

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We Stayed in this Vintage home, with circular staircases and arched windows

 

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The White Ship you see an offbeat hostel Af Chapman.
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Sweden’s National Flag
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How Dramatic are the Clouds Looking?

Stockholm treated us with a surreal Sunset over the evening strolls on our last day. Maybe the idea of absorbing it last time was making it charismatic.

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This is one of my Fav pictures even if it’s not perfect!!

Until next time, I am holding the memories of Swedish summer of ’18.

See you very soon.