Suomenlinna is made up of 8 islands just off the coast near Helsinki. The area is easily reached by ferry from the city. We have been a couple of times and we headed there on a glorius May afternoon with my Finnish cousins.
coming in to Suomenlinna
It was built during the Swedish era as a maritime fortress and a base for the Archipelago Fleet. Work started in the mid 18th century. The fortress was extended during the Russian era. After Finland gained her independence Suomenlinna became home to a coastal artillery regiment, a submarine base and the Valmet shipyard, where ships were built after WWII for Finland’s war reparations.
home for somebody
a reminder of past battles
The fortress was handed over to civilian administration in 1973, except Pikku Mustasaari island where the naval acadamy is still located. The old buildings are still in use and restoration work continues.
The area is very popular for locals and tourists alike. The islands are beautiful, particularly in spring and summer, making them an ideal place for a picnic or just a wander about.
a great place for a picnic
early spring on Suomenlinna
in front of the church
beside a path
If you are on the island in the late afternoon you can watch the huge ships head past the island on their way to Sweden. Stand at King’s Gate and you can practically touch them as they go by.
There are several restaurants and cafes on the island. There are also some very pretty shops selling Finnish arts and crafts. If you go to Helsinki, and I think you should, make sure you spend some time on Suomenlinna.
I would love to visit Finland one day. what is the family connection ? I had to smile about the iPad thing, I am sitting in the hairdressers reading your blog on mine, and avoiding Hello magazine. Good choice on my part 😀
My grandfather was born in Sakkijarvi, which was then Finland. Russia snatched that bit of Finland, along with a whole lot more in the Winter War, which was just before WW II. There is a post in the Helsinki category called “My new relatives in Finland” which has a photo of him. He came to Australia in 1912 at the tender age of 19. I would cheerfully have tossed the i Pad out of the nearest window this afternoon.
I had a lesson with the i Pad yesterday that was far from successful. The teacher just confused me completely. I went back to the apple shop today and the man who sold it to me set me up ready to post in about 5 minutes so hopefully I will be able to post while I am travelling. I just need a bit of practice.
The submarine looks frighteningly vulnerable when you think of it many fathoms down and carrying many souls. The bunker appeals to the hobbit in me – I should like to send up the cry of “retire to the bunker”, shut the door and light the fire – I’m guessing the curling smoke would give me away. I think you’re a brave wee laddy to tackle the ipad – my British stiff upper lip has been sorely tested this last couple of weeks with plain steam-driven technology and software – and IT technicians who “tidied up” a few things – I was tempted to hurl my stone tablet and etching tool at them.
I understand your pain. I very nearly hit the teacher over the head with mine. I had much more success today with the man who sold it to me. He was much better.
I can see you sitting by the fire in one of those bunkers. I think they look most inviting.
I think this would be a great place to visit if you are studying World Wars. Since I am studying World Wars, then it stands to reason that I should go to this island. Like my travel justifications?
What a fascinating place! And have you been using the WordPress app on your ipad? I blog quite a bit from the ipad. Not all of the commands are possible, but for many posts the ipad works great. I would be happy to answer any ipad questions you have. I might even know the answer. But who knows?
I do like your travel justification. Thanks for the offer of help with the i Pad. I had success today with the man at Apple who sold it to me. He has a wordpress blog and showed me how to write a post in about 5 minutes. I’m hoping it will come in handy while I am travelling. I cancelled future lessons with the teacher, he was just confusing me.
I haven’t had lots of luck blogging from the iPad, chiefly with inserting links into posts. one of the things that makes it a lot easier though is having a Bluetooth keyboard to type on if you want to create big chunks of content and edit what you write. I have recently experimented with an offline editor – a programme where you write the post and can place your photos before you upload the whole lot to WordPress, That too lacks some commands, I think that something like that is what is needed for the iPad to make it less tortuous to write posts. X Jo
I went back to the shop where I bought the i Pad today and the man there was very helpful. I cancelled future lessons with the teacher who was making things much more complicated than they need to be. I will just use it while I am actually travelling and go back to my computer when I am at home here in Brisbane or in Italy. When I have the time to sit and concentrate I will investigate further with blogging from the iPad. I. am leaving in a week and I just need the absolute basics for now. Thank you for your encouragement