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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Spicy Trek @ Udumbanchola, Kerala

When you think of India and Indian Cuisine, what prompts your mind??

Umm…  rich food with exotic Spices ..yaa but where do all these spices come from.

Well, I don’t know about All but I certainly know where most of it comes from. It would be unfair to not to dedicate a whole post to the magical spice gardens of Kerala.

During my recent visit to Kerala, I visited Udumbanchola in Idukki district of Kerala. which is as twisted as its name and as mysterious as its soil. Put your hand anywhere in soil & there will be some exotic plant or medicinal herb or a rare fruit at the stretch.

We stayed in the dreamiest place, Hotel Ragamaya Resort & Spa, Munnar with the most insane view. If you ever visit Munnar, stay here to do the epic #viewfrommyroom hashtag.

The View
Through the Balcony

This Hotel is located on top of a hill overlooking the reservoir of Kallar dam and forest surrounding it. We very bravely and enthusiastically trekked all the way to the down to the spice garden.

We got up early morning at 4:30am and through a scary jeep ride, we reached the starting point to trek. Through the labyrinth of exotic & aromatic greens, we reached the river.  The Serenity, calmness, and stillness of the place topped with pink sunrise was a sight to behold.

It gives me chills to think about the beauty this place holds. The trees, the birds, the insects, the water, the sun & the freshest of dew. and to think about that, I am made by the same God who made these creatures and this nourished soil. I felt a sense of pride and responsibility to take care of Mother nature so that my generations could felt the same magic as I do.

Enjoy my mere attempt at capturing the beauty of the nature & Like if you love them.

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A Bunch of Cloves
Coco in action
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That’s Coco.What Chocolate is made up of.
Ginger
Spot the Ginger
Jackfruit
The Jackfruit
Nutmeg
Nutmeg Fruit
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Baby Peppers
Black Peppers
These Peppers are green on the plants and then cleaned & dried by the time we get them in the kitchen as The Black Pepper
Banana The Super Food
Coconut
Palm Coconut
Dry Coconut
Finally the Insides of Coconut
From where I stand.. Things look beautiful
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Soak in
Breakfast after the trek
Need to reach right there.
Ohh that Kayak
Nature at its best
Reached
First closer look
Spot me !!!
and that’s how Pineapples grow. now you know
Such a dreamy place
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That’s what our Morning face looks like.
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Ohh, Darling…..It’s just you, me & Baby Jack

Hope you Enjoyed. Leave me a Comment if you already been to Kerala or wish to visit.

I’ll be happy to answer any queries.

XOXO