We were met in Turku by second cousins of the Professor's mother, and we were well taken care of by our Finnish guides. In addition to some sightseeing, we were able to meet many of the 3rd and 4th cousins from this branch of the family. It was particularly fun to see our kids connecting with their Finnish relatives, forging some friendships we hope will continue the trans-Atlantic connection!
|The market square, or Tori, in Turku. They were selling lots of garden plants and everything was so lovely and green!|
|Another market--this one was indoors. It has been a marketplace for well over a hundred years, probably much longer.|
|Turku has a canal through the center of the old town section. |
It has been developed as a lovely green space and walking path.
|Another view of the canal.|
|The Turku Cathedral. It was first built in the 13 century, out of wood, |
then renovated and expanded using stone in the 14th and 15th centuries.
It is said to contain the oldest surviving wall in Finland.