Porvoo, Finland

Aug. 13, 2015

Our last destination on this, our only day in Finland, was in Porvoo, a town of about 50,000 inhabitants. First we drove past a pretty cemetery, which our guide told us was a “hero cemetery” for those killed in wars – this well-maintained cemetery contained gravestones uniform in size and shape. Boxes of pretty red flowers were placed neatly on each grave.

Our first glimpse of Porvoo from across the river
Our first glimpse of Porvoo from across the river. The very top of the Lutheran cathedral can be seen on top of a steep hill.

KODAK Digital Still Camera DSC_0950 DSC_0953Our guide passed out maps of Porvoo with numbers indicated places of interest. One of these, which she strongly recommended, was Brunberg, a candy store specializing in different kinds of chocolate.  We headed there first, patiently waited our turn while plenty of other tourists sampled chocolates and made their selections. I noticed a map of the world on the wall, with hundreds of pins stuck in it. Each pin represented where a visitor to the store was from.

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Spiral staircase in Brunberg's chocolate shop
Spiral staircase in Brunberg’s chocolate shop

When it was our turn, we did sample some chocolates, but left without buying any: “The last thing we need is more sweets!” my husband reminded me. We had already bought pastries and a box of cookies at the market in Helsinki that morning.

We strolled down the shopping street, went in a few stores, and admired the simple beauty of this town. As everywhere we’d been, people were taking advantage of the beautiful summer weather sitting at outdoor cafes and strolling the streets, although it was not nearly as crowded as the major cities had been, which was nice for a change!

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Town hall of Porvoo
Town hall of Porvoo

KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still Camera100_0946DSC_0959DSC_0957DSC_0958We then took another street to the cathedral which wasn’t as steep as the more direct route. There were schoolchildren sitting outside drawing – three young boys were drawing a rectangular monument next to the church, and three older girls were drawing the cathedral itself. An Asian man with an expensive camera was taking pictures of them, which the girls allowed with embarrassed smiles. KODAK Digital Still Camera KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraThe cathedral was open so we went inside.  The walls and ceilings were painted with designs and there were a few family coats of arms hanging on the wall.

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Every church we've visited in the Baltic area has a ship representing the importance of their maritime economies, and to offer prayers for sailors past and present.
Every church we’ve visited in the Baltic area has a ship representing the importance of their maritime economies, and to offer prayers for sailors past and present.

KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraDSC_0961Back outside, we admired the view from on top of the hill before descending the steep street that led straight down to the bridge we had crossed when we entered the town.

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2 thoughts on “Porvoo, Finland

  1. Thank You presenting Porvoo, which is one of my old favorite towns in Finland. Our Southern and Western coastline is full with “similar” towns. I am glad that You showed photo from the Votive ships. They are wonderful and I always shoot photos from them, when possible.

    I love Your photos they are crisp and clear. Thank You.

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