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Tour to Turku from Helsinki

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Two hours by train from Helsinki is the population of Turku. It is the fifth population with the highest number of inhabitants in Finland and for many years was the administrative capital when Finland belonged to Sweden.

The train left more than on time at the Helsinki station. I liked to see that there are plugs in all seats and also Wifi Free, it made you feel in the first technological world. After two hours of travel we arrived in Turku and the first thing we did was to eat at Daphne restaurant, in the Turku Marina. It is a buffet restaurant that serves typical Finnish dishes. In Finland, you usually start with cold starters (salmon or salads, for example) and then move on to hot main courses. The price of the menu is € 25 and the food is really good. The main dishes include quite a few very tasty sauces. For example, I ate chicken with red wine sauce and meatballs with tomatoes, accompanied with boiled potatoes and dill. Very rich.

After the meal we went for a walk around the marina. In that area I was very surprised by the giant daisy and the frigate Soumen Joutsen ahead: a sailboat that the government bought as a school ship for sailors. Unfortunately, he did so just before the appearance of the steamboats, and the poor ship was immediately out of date.

About a hundred meters from the frigate rises the turku castle, the oldest building in the city, dating back to 1280. Its use has changed a lot over the years. It was a defensive bastion, a luxurious palace, a prison, a warehouse and even some barracks. You have to pay admission to visit the castle inside (€ 8), but it is advisable to visit it during one of the medieval days held there.

Following the course of Aura river along the beautiful promenade we reach the Cathedral, another of Turku's points of interest. Like every good Protestant temple, it is an elegant and austere building. It is located on top of a hill to avoid flooding that affected the surroundings when the tide was rising. Despite its simple appearance, this cathedral is considered the national sanctuary of Finland and in its frescoes you can see important scenes of the country's history.

The commercial area of ​​Turku is located near the market square. The city has many shops and restaurants around the world, but we go directly to the Flowpark.

The FlowPark is an adventure park located just outside Turku, next to a shopping center. It is a park similar to the one we visited at Loch Lomond in Scotland. In these parks, you wear a harness and take an obstacle course high up in the trees. It is very fun and the end of each section ends up descending with a zip line. The problem we had was that we did it at -11 ° C. It was so cold, that at one point in the journey I stopped feeling the toes and hands. Even so, it was a very fun experience.

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