24 Nov 2015

Waiting for Christmas

If you are in Finland before Christmas you must visit one of the most beutiful 
- and eldest - Finnish towns, Porvoo. Or what do you think?

Photo www.VisitPorvoo.fi
Porvoo is a city and a municipality situated on the southern coast of Finland approximately 50 kilometres (30 mi) east of Helsinki. Porvoo is one of the six medieval towns in Finland, first mentioned as a city in texts from 14th century. The town received its name from a Swedish earth fortress near the river Porvoonjoki which flows through the town. The name Porvoo is the Fennicised version of the Swedish name (Borgå) and its parts of borg meaning "castle" and å "river".
-wikipedia-


Every year before Christmas we go to Porvoo and visit the old part of the town. Without
this visit it does not feel like Christmas. It does not even matter wether there is snow or not - 
the shop keepers, restaurant and coffee shop keepers take care of the atmosphere.


There is very little traffic on the streets.


Olive trees don´t actually survive the Finnish winter...


Riimikko toy shop sells old fashioned toys, mechanical toys, dollhouse miniatures etc.
and  have a Moomin house at the window! 


This part of the city is like a living museum. The best thing is that people also live there.


Small shops full of arts and crafts, souvenirs, antiques, fashion, design...


...good food in great restaurants, delicious pastry in ambient cafés, small museums...


...plenty of Finnish history, beautiful, narrow alleys, old architecture,
idyllic back yards and the Porvoo Cathedral up on the hill.

photo viherpiha.fi
Porvoo is worth visiting every time of the year. If you have only one
day, it is enough for this compact, little town. If you have to, it´s even better.


photos, text: mm

www.nannasalmi.com

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