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Unknown Finland is open to the Russians (Part 2)

May 27 2006

Day 3. Mikkeli - Helsinki.

In the morning the first thing we decided to walk in the glorious Mikkeli. Weather us smile: a bright sun and not a single cloud. True, the wind was still cold and piercing.

Tourist information point, we searched for a long time, and when found, to our disappointment there was no limit on the occasion of Saturday's bureau was closed. As it turned out, in Mikkeli on Saturdays at all no one works. Across the country weekends for tourists dead days of the city are empty, and most shops are open until noon. Every self-respecting Finn weekend goes to the lake with a box "Karhu" (Beer "Bear") and a bottle of "Mint" (mint vodka at 50 degrees).

We walked past the city park Kirkkonpuysto, comparing it with photos of one hundred years old, climbed the hill to the water tower. From there opens a magnificent view over the city and its environs. Nearby is a small open-air theater with a pine tree on the stage. Why is she needs, we were not clear.

In the museum of Mannerheim bet we just do not fall into force of the above weekend. Visitors from outside the bunker and the contact point, carved into the rock, walked past the museum. Deserves special attention town church. Unfortunately, it only works on weekdays from 10 to 11 hours apparently again due to the harsh Finnish winter at the end of April. Realizing that there's nothing more we will show, we decided to go further on the created route.

Delayed on the central square, where the singing of the local amateur buy local rye cake with Baltic herring. To relax and warm up, we went to a local water park Raytakendas. Number of hydromassage Imatranskomu inferior, but their quality - not at all. Here we are, nobody expelled, nakupalis us pleasure, even tired. Starved after a water park, the road decided to have lunch purchased in Mikkeli pie. At a roadside rest area a local resident who did not speak any of the known languages, sold smoked salmon. Went very well with the salmon cake with beer, bought back in the «duty-free» no 40% tax on alcohol.

Go further. Our next point - Mantyuharyu. There are, unfortunately, also proved to be all closed. Walked quite a bit in the park, visitors to rural buildings, as I understand it, typical for the whole of this area. Of all seen a profound impression "Veterans Park", he also Veteraanpuysto. Web restored trenches and dugouts, pillboxes. But on the stand stated the history of Finnish wars from 1918 to 1945.

Go further in Yaalu.

As it turned out, had to wend one's way through Werle, which is located just 6 km from Yaaly. But you can not say we were very upset paving his route on road number 4164. Part of the route was even without the tarmac, but the age-old forest that stretched up to the Yaaly, overshadow any inconvenience. The weather was so beautiful and fantastic, that we stopped just to walk in the woods.

In Werle again we remember the long Finnish winter. UNESCO monument located there, namely, the old cardboard factory built in 1893, was closed until May 2 - "tired of breakup." Had to limit inspection of buildings from the outside. The fact that all the mechanisms of action, we have seen in person, moving the rails of one of the trolleys.
After drinking a cup of coffee at a local cafe, we once again went on the road to Kouvola.

According to the guidebook, this city has the Museum Quarter with its restored buildings. However, there is. But the museums as you already understood, were closed, and the quarter made no impression.

Reaching Porvoo. In view of some fatigue, we wanted at first simply to drive through downtown without stopping.But then, for some reason decided yet out of the car, admiring the beautiful panorama of the waterfront. The wooden houses deserve far more attention than just travel on the street. Street and city names are already written in two languages, Finnish and Swedish. Here lives a considerable number of Swedes, compared with the central part of Finland.

On the highway E18, we move to the capital Helsinki, where we were waiting booked another hotel in Moscow.

To be continued ...

The material was prepared in conjunction with the MSHA-CLUB


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