Sunday, 26 May 2013 – Day 5 – Turku, Finland

Sunday, 26 May 2013 – 5th Day

Another nice day – down to breakfast and then into a bingo game again. Had a little win. Wandered around, chatted and coffeed. We were coming into Turku, Finland.

Turku Finland

Turku Finland

Turku -  Finland

Turku – Finland

Was time for another shore excursion. I chose to go on Excursion 424B1 – Turku City Tour – 3 hours. We boarded our coach and headed to Turku Cathedral, the mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland and Finland’s national shrine. Finland’s oldest Cathedral, consecrated in 1300, is the seat of the Archbishop of Finland and is the final resting place of several bishops and even a Swedish queen. The interior of the cathedral has many memorials and plaques with interesting information about the history of Finnish people. A very beautiful Cathedral.

We then drive through the city centre to go to the Handicraft Museum. This Museum is open-air and allows us to step- back in time to 200 years ago and witness firsthand the artisans at work using ancient craft methods. There are over 30 workshops from different fields of craftsmanship as well as many buildings of residence. This area is known as the “Old City” of Turku as it survived the Great Fire of 1827 which destroyed most of the city and has been protected from development since. Was very interesting going around the different workshops but of course we did not visit all of them. Had a drink and look in the souvenir shop before we boarded our coach again.

Our final stop was Turku Castle – one of the oldest buildings still in use in Finland and the largest surviving medieval building in Finland. Initially build in 1280, this national monument sits proudly on the banks of the Aura River. We go through a maze of corridors and rooms giving an indication of life in the 15th century Finland. The Castle also houses an important collection of medieval wooden sculptures, gold and silver artefacts and glass.  A very impressive building. Had an icecream before it was time to board the coach once more and head for the ship.

769 Arrived back at our ship and it was time for dinner. Then my usual into the Discovery Lounge. Watched Lilly and Jim were giving dancing lessons and then it was a game show – Mr and Mrs – this was to find the most romantic couple on board. There were lots of laughs when you heard the answers. After this, the Excelsior Duo did their usual performance. Following this, Julie, the Assistant Cruise Director sang some great songs. Julie is a very bubbly person and has a beautiful voice. Usual chatting, cocktails and then off to bed. Another great and interesting day. I like the Turku excursion.

We left the port of Turku about 1800 and we are now at sea heading towards Tallinn, Estonia.

Quote of the day – “A successful man is one who makes more money than his wife can spend. A successful woman is one who can find such a man” – Lana Turner.